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Goodnight Moon

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Pajama Day

It would be fun to have a "Pajama Party" on Friday. If you decide to have one, be sure to give the parents plenty of notice. You will also want to remind them on Thursday. Here are some ideas you could use for pajama day:

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Read Where the Wild Things Are and make "wild things" using various art supplies and construction paper scraps. Turn out the lights and turn on flashlights. Tell nighttime stories. Pop some popcorn and watch a fun Disney movie. Read Pancake, Pancake by Eric Carle and make mini pancakes for a snack.

Book: Goodnight Moon

Weekly Learning Center Ideas

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Dramatic Play

Clothesline ­ Set up a little clothesline. Let the children hang up mittens and socks. Cooking Mush - Add a variety of bowls and spoons so the children can "cook" mush and feed it to the baby dolls.

Clothesline Clothespins Mittens Socks Oatmeal Measuring cups and spoons Bowls Dark sheet Flashlight Glow-in-the-dark stickers Small boxes Fabric Plastic bunny Yarn Tape Tennis ball Construction paper scissors

Science and Discovery/Sand and Water Play

Mush - Add oatmeal to the water table to make mush. Toss in some bowls, measuring cups and spoons. ***This should only be used for one day. Flashlights ­ Drape a dark sheet over the science area. Add some flashlights with which the children can experiment. Glow -in-the-dark star stickers added to the top of the sheet are a lot of fun!

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Blocks

Goodnight Bunny! ­ Add small boxes, small fabric pieces and plastic bunnies to the block center. Encourage the children to build a bed for the little bunny. Tuck him in to bed with the little blanket (fabric piece).

Manipulatives

Balls of yarn ­ Cut yarn into long pieces and tape one end around a tennis ball. You can spray the ball lightly with hairspray to help the yarn stick. Have the children try to wrap it around and around to make a ball of yarn. Mitten Match - Encourage the children to trace and cut out matching mittens.

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Science Project

Balloons ­ Bring in a few balloons filled with helium and let the children hold the string and then let it go. Discuss what happens. Then blow up a balloon, tie it to a string and let it go. Discuss what happened to this balloon. Did the balloon filled with air float up or fall to the ground? Why? Take the children outside and let a balloon filled with helium go.

Balloons filled with helium string

Book: Goodnight Moon

Cooking Activity

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Oatmeal Brown sugar Cinnamon carrots

Mush ­ Cook instant oatmeal and pretend it is mush! Add brown sugar and cinnamon for extra yummy mush!

Carrots - Have carrot sticks for a snack. Bunnies love carrots!

Songs and Poems

"Come Little Leaves"

"Come, little leaves," said

"Brown"

(To the tune of "Farmer in the Dell") B-R-O-W-N B-R-O-W-N B-R-O-W-N That's how you spell brown. The gingerbread man is brown. The gingerbread man is brown. B-R-O-W-N The gingerbread man is brown. And chocolate chips are brown. And chocolate chips are brown. B-R-O-W-N That's how you spell brown.

the wind one day, "Come o'er the meadows with me and play: Put on your dresses of red and gold For summer is gone and the days grow cold." www.canteach.ca

Other Suggested Readings

Polar Bear Night by Paula Thompson Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes Time for Bed by Mem Fox A South African Night by Rachel Isadora

Book: Goodnight Moon

Shared Reading

Day 1

1. Prior Knowledge ­ Ask the children to describe their bed time rituals. You may want to record their ideas on chart paper. 2. Introduce the Book - Show the children Goodnight Moon. Introduce the title, author, and illustrator to them. Ask the children if they think the book is real/non-fiction or pretend/ fiction. 3. Picture Walk - Take the children on a picture walk through the book. Challenge the children to look carefully at the pictures and try to figure out what the book is about. 4. Make Predictions - Have the children make predictions about what happened in the book. 5. Read for Fun - Read the entire story to the children to see which predictions were correct.

1. Recall and Review - Hold up Goodnight Moon. Ask the children to share what they remember about the story. Reread for fun. 2. Introduce the Companion Poem - Post the "Hey Diddle, Diddle" poster. Read the title. Ask if anyone has ever heard of this poem If they know it, invite them to say it with you. If not, encourage them to listen carefully as you read it aloud to them. Ask the children some comprehension questions: *What animals are in the poem? *What did the cow do? *What did the dish run away with? *Why did the dog laugh?

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Day 3

1. Companion Story - Choose one of the books from the Suggested Reading List. Tell the students that you have another book to share with them. Go through the Day 1 steps with the new story. After reading the story, ask the children how the book was like Goodnight Moon (they may need some help to get them started). 2. Review Companion Poem-Reread and discuss the poem. Discuss the vocabulary word "fiddle".

Book: Goodnight Moon

Shared Reading

Day 4

1. Acting Out - Invite the children to act out the book by saying "Goodnight" to things in the classroom and then laying down and pretending to go to sleep. Give any child who wants to act, a chance to perform. Encourage them to each choose different things to which they say "Goodnight". 2. Review Poem - Reread and invite the children to snap/clap/stomp to the rhythm of the rhyme.

Day 5

1. Reread for Fun! 2. My Favorite Page - Encourage each child to share what his favorite page was and why. Record his response on chart paper. Hang the chart paper up so parents can read their children's answers. 3. Review Companion Poem - Encourage the children to recite the poem with you.

Day 6

1. Companion Story - Choose one of the books from the Suggested Reading List. Tell the students that you have another book to share with them. Go through the Day 1 steps with the new story. After reading the story, ask the children how the book was like Goodnight Moon (they may need some help to get them started).

Day 7

1. Acting Out - Invite the children to act out parts from yesterday's book. Allow them to choose the character they would like to play. Take turns acting out the story.

Day 1

Book: Goodnight Moon

Morning Meeting

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chart paper markers music

1. Letter and Number of the Week- Introduce the letter "B" and the number "7". Use the Curriculum Guide for introduction ideas. 2. The Weekend News Report- Have the children tell about something they did over the weekend. Write their news on chart paper. Leave a space so that the children can come back to the chart during centers and illustrate their sentence. 3. Music and Movement-Encourage children to stand up, get moving, and start singing. You can practice the song of the week. Then sing some of your class favorites!

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letter and number display cards

Story Time

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1. Follow the Day 1 Shared Reading Schedule.

Day 1

Book: Goodnight Moon

Small Group ­ Math

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blue and black crayons star stickers white construction paper

Stars - Turn to the last page in the book and show the children how the stars look like they are glowing in the night sky. Orally count the stars in the picture. Give each child a white piece of construction paper. Have the children color as much of the paper as they can with black and blue crayons. This will be the night sky. Give each child a different amount of star stickers. Have them count how many they have. Check to make sure they are counting correctly, and then allow the children to decorate their "night skies" with the star stickers.

Creative Arts (Fine motor)

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large white paper paintbrushes blue and black paint large old shirts to wear while painting

Night Sky ­ Hang a large sheet of white paper vertically. Let the children create night sky pictures with blue and black paint.

Day 2

Book: Goodnight Moon

Morning Meeting

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chart paper markers

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number cards 1-8 (included with monthly resources) moon cut out

1. Can You Remember? - Have the children try to remember all of the things to which the little bunny says "goodnight". Record the children's responses. Read through the story together. Make a list of all of the things in the story to which the bunny actually says goodnight. Identify the ones that were not remembered. 2. Jumping Over the Moon ­ Before beginning ­ Print, color and cut out the moon. Place the moon the floor. Show the children the picture of the cow jumping over the moon. Have the children pick a number card (1-8) and identify the number. Then let them jump over the moon that many times. ***Save the moon for an activity on Thursday. Save the number cards for other up-coming activities.

Story Time

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1. Follow the Day 2 Shared Reading Schedule.

Day 2

Book: Goodnight Moon

Small Group ­ Language Arts

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box or bag 10-20 items chart paper markers

objects; some that are in the story and some that are not (mittens, brush, comb, ball, hat, crayons, etc.). Place the items in a box or bag hidden from the children's view. Let children close

Goodnight ­ Reread Goodnight Moon with the children. When you get to the page that reads, "Goodnight room," have the children say "Good Night!" when you point to them. On each page let them say the "good night" part and you can finish reading the text. If time permits, reread the story and have them stand up when they hear the words "good night". Before small group, gather 10-20

their eyes and pick and object out of the bag. Have them tell the function of the item or identify the item. Record their responses on chart paper. When choosing items for the box you may want to choose items that start with a particular sound or items for vocabulary building skills.

Creative Arts (Fine motor)

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large paper old magazines, newspapers, toy store advertisements scissors glue markers

Goodnight Collage - Gather several old magazines, newspapers, and toy store advertisements from which the children can cut or tear out pictures. Give each child a large piece of paper or have the children work together on a large piece of bulletin board paper. Write the word GOODNIGHT on each child's paper or on the large bulletin board paper. Encourage the children to cut out items, to which the little bunny can say "Good Night". Next, have them glue the items on to the paper. Have the children identify the items they have glued on their paper and label the items for them. GOODNIGHT

Day 3

Book: Goodnight Moon

Morning Meeting

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rope clothespins chart paper Markers Construction paper(1/2 per child)

1. Mitten Match ­ Before beginning ­ Trace the mitten onto

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mitten cut out

Discuss how the story talks about a pair of mittens. Ask the children what a "pair" means. Explain "pairs" as they relate to mittens. Discuss examples of things that come in "pairs" (socks, shoes, gloves, etc.) Using the different colored paper mittens, let a child come up and find a matching pair and hang them on the line. Discuss the concepts of "same" and "different". ***Save the mittens for an activity tomorrow. 2. How many animals can you find? ­ Take a picture walk through the book and have the children identify all of the animals found in the story (bunny, cow, mouse, bears, giraffe, elephant, kittens, etc). Record their responses on chart paper. Review the list and have the children make the sound for each animal on the list. Leave room on the chart for the children to illustrate their answers (during center time).

different pieces of construction paper so that you have several matching pairs. Cut out the mittens. Use a rope to make a little clothesline in your Morning Meeting area.

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Story Time

1. Follow the Day 3 Shared Reading Schedule.

Day 3

Book: Goodnight Moon

Small Group ­ Language Arts

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glue scissors markers Crayons various art supplies

Isn't that Silly? ­ Discuss what it means to be "silly". Ask the children, and lead them to the correct definition. Tell them to look for something silly as they look at the pictures in the story. Ask them leading questions, such as: "Do bunnies sit in chairs and knit? Do cows jump over the moon? Do bunnies fish for other bunnies with carrots? Do bears sit in chairs? Do bunnies sleep in beds?". Have the children create their own silly pictures (using the various art supplies from the kit). Ask them to describe their work. Record each child's dictation on his paper.

So Silly

Creative Arts (Fine motor)

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yellow food coloring scissors Glue Aluminum foil black construction paper

Stars in the Night Sky ­ Before beginning - Mix yellow food coloring in small squeeze bottles of glue. Give each child a piece of black construction paper. Let the children make stars and moons with the yellow glue on the paper. You can also have the children cut star shapes out of pieces of aluminum foil to glue in their "night sky" pictures. *** When the glue dries it will still be yellow.

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