No Two Alike, by K. Baker

Two little birds fly through a winter’s’ day noting that all things are different, no two are just alike.

Materials

  • Patterns to make birds
  • Shape cut outs, enough for every child in your classroom to have one.  Each cutout needs to be different from any other (think different colors, one might have stripes, etc).  Take each shape cut out, and cut it in half.  Keep the sets of shape cut outs in two piles.
  • The day before, freeze food colored water into ice cube trays. 

Vocabulary

Before Reading the Story

Put a line of tape down the middle of your circle/group area. Label one side Yes and the other side No. Tell the children that you are going to play a yes or no listening game. Ask questions that are either yes or no. The children must go and stand on the side of the tape line that goes along with their answer. (Do you have a pet or no pet? Did you take a shower last night? Do you have a big brother or no big brother? Do you like meatloaf?, Are you wearing the color blue?).

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Reading the Story

On the very last page where the two feathers are floating through the air, stop and ask the children if they can see how they are almost alike, but not quite.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand conversations, stories, songs, and poems.

After Reading the Story

Hold up an Almost Alike card set from the resources.  Say, “No two alike, almost but not quite”.  Then ask the children to tell you what they see that is different.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.

Discovery

Bring in a collection of some natural object found in your region (acorns, rocks, flowers, shells).  Put these out with a magnifying glass for the children to look at and compare how the are alike and different.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; develops increased ability to observe and discuss common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects and materials. AND Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.

Music and Movement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FClGhto1vIg  Sing one of these things is not like the other Verse.  Then ask the children to help tell which one is different.  Use items that are similar in your classroom.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; develops increased ability to observe and discuss common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects and materials.

Get your shape cut outs.  Tape one half of them onto the floor throughout the room.  Put the other half into an empty basket or cubby.  Have the children pick a shape half out of the basket.  Tell the children that when you put the music on they are to walk around the room looking for the other half of their shape cut out.  Remind them that though there might be 5 circles, no two are exactly alike so they need to look carefully at their shape cut out.  Put the music on, giving the children ample time to look around the room for their half of the shape cut out.  Turn the music off and the children must go and stand on their shape.  Check to make sure everyone is on the correct shape cutout.  Gather the half shapes the children are holding and pass them out to different children.  Play as long as the children are interested.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

Blocks

Challenge the children to build alike structures by taking turns adding a block to their own structure and then the next child copies it.  The second child then adds a new block to his structure and the first child copies it.  Encourage the children to go back and forth like this for a minimum of 5 exchanges.  When they are finished, ask are they just alike or not quite?

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; develops increasing abilities to give and take in interactions; to take turns in games or using materials; and to interact without being overly directive or submissive.

Art

Ahead of time, cut out the patterns to make birds.  Put these on the table along with your glue.  Let the children collage using the varied shapes to make birds in any manner that they choose. Add markers to embellish.

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

Sand and Water

Add the food colored ice cubes to the water table today with water.  As the children play, ask them to observe what is happening to the ice cubes and to the water around the ice cubes. 

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

Library and Writing

Let the children practice writing their name today.  Note how everyone’s name is different and everyone writes their letters a little different from each other.  No two are alike.

Literacy/Early Writing; progresses from using scribbles, shapes, or pictures to represent ideas, to using letter-like symbols, to copying or writing familiar words such as their own name.

Dramatic Play

Put out the baby dolls today.  As the children care for their dolls, ask them if they can see how they are alike and how they are different. (My baby is littler that his.  My baby is soft and yours is hard.  My baby has dark skin like Julian and your baby has white skin like me.  My baby gots eyes that close).

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.

Math and Manipulatives

Play an adding game with the children.  Use cubes or counters to make different addition equations. (Here are three red bears plus 2 blue bears. How many bears in all)?

Mathematics/Number & Operations; develops increased abilities to combine, separate, and name “how many” concrete objects.

Outdoor Play

Bring out the parachute or a large bed sheet.  Have everybody hold along the edges so that you can make the parachute go up and down by moving your arms up and down.  Say the following; (Child, Child what do you say?  Run/Jump/Gallop round the chute today.  The child then follows the direction and runs around the parachute.  You could also say to run under the chute today.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions. AND Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; participates actively in games, outdoor play, and other forms of exercise that enhance physical fitness.

Transitions

Continue using the Almost Alike cards as directed in After Reading the Story.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.

Resources

But No Elephants, by Jerry Smath

Grandma Tildy decides that she would like to get a variety of pet animals but is quite clear that she does not want an elephant. What will happen when an elephant decides to stay anyway?

Materials

  •             Directions on drawing an elephant.
  •             Stuffed “pet”animals and pet supplies to along with.
  •             Pictures of animal helpers.

Vocabulary           

  •              Pet (an animal that you keep in your home to love and enjoy).
  •             Animal helpers (animals that help people to do work or chores).
  •             Strong (able to hold up under the weight)

Before Reading the Story

 Tell the children that the story today is about a lady who decides she wants a pet. What kind do you think she should get, why?  Ask the children if they have any pets at home.  Make a graph that shows who has what kind of pet. 

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem.  AND Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; begins to make comparisons about several objects based on a single attribute. 

Reading the Story

As Grandma Tildy acquires each pet, stop and ask the children if they think it would make a good pet why or why not?.  When the elephant gets stuck in the house, ask the children if they can think what might happen.  When he begins walking, ask the children where they think he might be walking to.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play;  and to predict what will happen next in a story.  AND 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

Bring in pictures of animals and ask the children if they would like to have it for a pet and what special thing the pet could do (A tiger could scare away the bad guys, a penguin could wash my Daddy’s car).

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

Discovery

Pictures of animal helpers.   Put the pictures out where the children can look and discuss the ways animals help people.

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things, and natural processes.  AND Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; progresses in understanding similarities and respecting differences among people such as genders, race, special needs, culture, language, and family structures.

Music and Movement

Sing the Opposite song, to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush.

Everything I always say,
You always say the opposite.
When I say cold, you say hot
(sunny-cloudy,big-little, yes-no)

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; progresses in abilities to initiate and respond appropriately in conversation and discussions with peers and adults.

Sing the Elephant Song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQf6yWEScB8

One elephant, went out to play
All ona spider’s web one day.
He had such enormous fun
That he called for another elephant to come.
One elephant……
Two elephants, went out to play

(With each verse have a child dance in the middle of the circle)

Mathematics/Number & Operations; develops increasing ability to count in sequence to 10 and beyond.

Blocks

 Add animals and people to the center.  Encourage the children to build houses.  Can they act out parts of the story?  Can they adapt the story to fit the animals in your center?

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play;  and to predict what will happen next in a story.  

Art

Encourage the children to draw pictures of houses and then draw or cut out an animal picture to put inside. 

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play;  and to predict what will happen next in a story.  AND Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons and computer.

Library and Writing

Make a copy of the Elephant drawing directions. Encourage the children to read the directions and draw elephants.

Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons and computer.  AND Creative Arts/Art; progresses in abilities to create drawings, paintings, models, and other art creations that are more detailed, creative, or realistic.

Sand and Water

If you read this story during the winter months bring in snow to put in the water table for the children to play with.  As the day progresses, help the children to notice what is happening to the snow.  Ask them why they think this is happening.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to describe and discuss predictions, explanations, and generalizations based on past experiences.  AND Science/Scientific Knowledge; develops growing awareness of ideas and language related to the attributes of time and temperature.

Dramatic Play

Add any  stuffed animals that could represent a pet. Bring in pet supplies to enhance the play of caring for a pet, (A stuffed cat with a collar, a can of cat food, a brush, and a mouse toy).

Creative Arts/ Dramatic Play; participates in a variety of dramatic play activities that become more extended and complex.

Math and Manipulatives

Make two simple bar graphs.  At the bottom of the first, draw animals that show any pets that the children might have at home.  On the bottom of the second graph, draw animals that the children wish they could have for a pet.  These two graphs will probably have some overlapping animals but be prepared to draw an alligator or shark at the bottom of graph number two.

Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to use language to compare numbers of objects with terms such as more, less, greater than, fewer, equal.  AND Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to associate number concepts, vocabulary, quantities, and written numerals in meaningful ways.

Outdoor Play

Put a blanket or sheet onto the ground and pretend that it is a house.  Everybody must fit on it (inside).  Talk about moving the house.  The children can hold onto the edges of the sheet and move as a unit to a new area. Talk about how everyone must cooperate and work together.

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; increases abilities to sustain interactions with peers by helping, sharing, and discussing.

Transitions 

Make up simple animal riddles.  (I’m thinking of an animal pet with long floppy ears who hops and likes to eat carrots.  I’m thinking of an animal pet that lives in a bowl of water and swims around and around.)

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.

Resources