How Ducklings Grow, by Diane Molleson

            Wonderful pictures help explain all about ducks. 


  • Pie pan, baby food oil, eye dropper, and food coloring
  • Feathers for gluing
  • 26 ducks


Before Reading the Story

            Tape a large piece of paper to the wall divided into three columns.  In the first write, What we know.  In the second write, What we want to know, In the third write, What we learned.  Show the children the cover of the book.  Ask the children what they know about ducks.  Write their responses in column one.  After the children have told all they know about ducks, ask them what they would like to know about ducks.  Write these responses in column two.

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things, and natural processes. AND Literacy/Early Writing; develops understanding that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes.

Reading the Book

            Take your time reading the story so that the children can have time to study the pictures. Allow discussion along the way.

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topics, ideas, and tasks.

After Reading the Story

            Tell the children that the third column you made was for things that the children learned from the book about ducks.  Let them respond.  Use the pictures if they do not respond to help them begin to talk more about ducks.

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things, and natural processes.


            Put the book into the center along with paper and pencil so the children can try to draw ducks. 

Creative Arts/Art; progresses in abilities to create drawings, paintings, models, and other art creations that are more detailed, creative, and realistic.

In the book it talked about how water rolls off the ducks feather because they have oil in them.  Bring in a pie pan and fill it with a little water.  Mix some baby oil with food coloring.  Let the children use an eye dropper to drop colored oil into the water and see what happens.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Music and Movement

            Teach the children a duck song like Five Little Ducks http://

or The Little White Duck.

Creative Arts/Music; participates with increasing interest and enjoyment in a variety of music activities including listening, finger plays, singing, games, and performances.


        Encourage the children to make a pond or lake for the ducks.  If you have a rubber duck put it into the center.

Approaches to Learning/Engagement & Persistence; demonstrates increasing ability to set goals and develop follow through on plans.


            Cut out duck shapes from construction paper.  Let the children make a feather collage on top of the duck.

Creative Arts/Art; gains ability using different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.

Sand and Water

            Fill the table with water and add rubber ducks to float.  Encourage the children to find other objects in the room that float.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.

Dramatic Play

Math and Manipulatives

            Make two sets of the 26 ducks page.  Cut them out and let the children match the like ducks. Put an alphabet letter onto each duck pair or numbers, colors that you are working on.

Literacy/Alphabet Knowledge; identifies at least 10 letters of the alphabet, especially those in their own name.


Play follow the leader. The teacher can be the mother duck and the children follow along behind. Make quacking noises as you lead the children to or around the playground.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; participates actively in games, outdoor play, and other forms of exercise that enhance physical fitness.


Tell the children to listen closely and count your quacks. Quack out loud for each child 1-10 quacks depending upon where each child is developmentally.

Mathematics/Number & Operations; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantity.


About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.