Raindrops Roll, by April Pulley Sayre

This non-fiction book looks at rain and its effect on the environment. Beautiful pictures and poetic text make it a nice book to use in any weather or water unit.

Materials

  • Several clean spray bottles
  • Colored chalk
  • A penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter
  • Eyedroppers
  • Piece of cardboard with a 2-inch hole cut out of it in the center
  • Many larger pictures cut from magazines or calendars.
  • A piece of yarn/string long enough to reach across dramatic center
  • 10-12 spring loaded clothespins

Vocabulary

Before Reading the Story

Bring your piece of cardboard and many pictures to the rug. Without the children seeing the picture, place one behind the cardboard. Move the picture around and ask the children if they can tell what it is. Doing this allows them to only see one part of the picture at a time.

Science/Scientific Skills; begins to describe and discuss predictions, explanations, and generalizations based on past experiences.

Reading the Story

This is a very simple story with beautiful pictures. Take your time reading and talk about the pictures as you read. Can they name the insects? Note the shape of the raindrops; are they really tear shaped like people think?

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

After Reading the Story

Spend a few minutes talking to the children about storm safety. When you hear thunder you should go inside because lightning is near. Rushing water during a storm could knock you over (2 feet can sweep away an SUV and pickup truck!). Stay away from trees and water, even puddles, when there is a thunderstorm.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Discovery

Put out magnifying glasses today with interesting nature objects. Let the children use a spray bottle of water to see how water droplets cling to the objects.

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

Make a rainstorm. Begin by tapping one finger on your knees and saying, “drop, plop, drop, plop, rain”. Next take your fingers and tap them on your knee and say, “pitter-patter, pitter-patter, rain”. Take your hands and pat your knees and say, “downpour, downpour, rain”. Clap your hands and say “thunder, thunder, rain”. Now reverse the order; downpour, pitter-patter, drip drop, rain.

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

Sing If All The Raindrops Were Lemon Drops and Gum Drops https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNvL_5COPtM

If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh what a rain it would be!
I’d stand outside with my mouth open wide,
Ah,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh what a rain it would be.

Ask the children to name other edibles and switch out lemon drops and gumdrops.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand conversations, stories, songs, and poems.  AND Approaches to Learning/Reasoning Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a questions, task, or problem.

Blocks

Encourage the children to use the blocks to make houses to get out of the rain. If you have large cardboard blocks they can make a house for themselves. If you have small wooden blocks, add small people.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a questions, task, or problem.  AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in eye-hand coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Art

Give the children colored chalk to draw with. After the children have drawn their chalk picture, show them how to spray water on it with the spray bottle. Talk about what happens to the chalk.  Or…Use a permanent marker to draw a simple umbrella shape onto a piece of paper. Give the children colored chalk and ask them to make raindrops. After they have finished making raindrops, show them how to spray their paper with the spray bottle of water.

Creative Arts/Art; begins to understand and share opinions about artistic products and experiences. AND Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to participate in simple investigations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.

Encourage the children to make a rain picture. At the easel put out several colors. Show the children how to fill their paintbrush with paint and then press it against the top of their paper so that the colors roll run down the paper.

Creative Arts/Art; gains ability in using different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.  AND Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multi-step directions.

Sand and Water

Put out a variety of things that the children can move water from one container to another (turkey baster, squeeze bottle, funnel, pitcher, sponge).

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.

Library and Writing

Put the book into the center for the children to be able to spend time looking at the beautiful pictures.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; shows growing interest in reading related activities, such as asking to have a favorite book read; choosing to look at books; drawing pictures based on stories; asking to take  books home; going to the library; and engaging in pretend reading with others.

Dramatic Play

Hang a piece of string or laundry line across the center. Give the children clothespins and explain that on sunny days people hang their clothes out to dry. Encourage the children to hang doll clothes on the line. When they are all hung go back to the center and tell the children it looks like rain, time to take the clothes off the line!

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, and hammer.

Math and Manipulatives

Put a piece of newspaper on the table to catch any water drops. Put a coin onto the newspaper and show the children how to use the eyedropper to suck up water and then slowly drip one drop at a time onto the coin. Before they begin, ask them how many water drops they think the coin will hold. Let the child begin to drip the drops and count. Were they able to guess how many water drops the coin could hold? Which coin held the most, the least? What happens when you squeeze all the water from the eyedropper at one time?

Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to use one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects.  AND Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to use language to compare numbers of objects in terms such as more, less, greater than, fewer, equal to.

Outdoor Play

Rain makes mud. Let the children dig on the playground with shovels and add water. Make mud! Let the children experiment with the mud, can they build with it? What happens if you only add a little water? A lot of water?

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

Transitions

Pull out your cardboard and variety of pictures that you used before reading the story. Let the children take turns guessing what the picture is. (Note it is hard for children to wait turns to answer so note those who can and those who shout out).

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things,and natural processes.  AND Physical Health & Development/Cooperation; develops increasing abilities to give and take in interaction, to take turns in games or using materials; and to interact without being overly submissive or directive.

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.