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#1006. "R" Letter Ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Apr 20 12:56:32 PDT 1999 by Early Childhood Mailring ().
Concepts Taught: "R" letter activities

R ideas from the ring

Let's start with 'R'. BOOK:"The Little Rabbit with Red Wings" Art: kids
cut rabbit, glue on red wings .(moral/lesson in thi story is one of self
image/ self esteem if you want to work your themes into this)
R is for rainbow. Freestyle or take tissue paper / arrange in 'rainbow'
order; kids "paint " on with water. remove tissue paper when dry.
SCI:raccoon or rabbit facts Art : raccoon masks
and remember that Anything red can be tied in during the week of "R"".
words to think about / ideas to develop: ring, rose ( I have a
beautiful rose that the kids watercolor) , rain, relay races outside,
rap songs, robin redbreast (teach about birds with the book: "Feathers
for Lunch") Have kids paint the robin.
Rice in the rice table!!
All I can think of off the top of my head. Visit my site and look under
ABC curriculum / you may find some there. laurie

RRRRRR..........don't forget ROCKS (pet ones) let the children search
for rocks...both big and small on the playground. Take a tub put some
water in it. Give the children toothbrushes, have them "scrub" the
rocks (if you're bold..take the children outside with hammers and pillow
case and let the break the rocks to look inside) They can paint the
rocks when they are dry...if the rock is big enough add wiggly eyes,
pipe cleaner arms or legs. Have fun!

For R - rainbows (great for
this time of year), rabbits; on the art table I had a variety of colored
rectangles, all different sizes as well for them to make robots. Hope these
activities help. Louise
----------------------
Also with rocks, have a balance scale handy. Let them compare weights of the
rocks. Use magnifying glasses to examine them...just a thought from a teacher
who had to put a STOP to the students bringing them in to school because we
were overrun with rocks. The children really loved doing this!

*make rainsticks
*make robots
*glue rice to Letter R shape
*glue rubberbands to Letter R shape
*read White Rabbit's Color Book & Brown Rabbit's Shape Book
*read Roxaboxen
*read Rumble in the Jungle
*make and eat rolls
*have students dictate recipes for a cookbook

Activity R
Make red rubbings. Write the words "red rubbings" at the top of the paper.
Then collect things from around the house that are flat and place them under
the paper. Rub with the side of a red crayon on top of the paper. This
process will create a red image of the object. Suggested objects for red
rubbings are stencils of the letter "R", road (use the sidewalk and pretend
it is a road), rice, or maybe a ruler. This would also be a good day to
ride bikes and trikes on a pretend road.

R = rice

R: Ribbon dancing!! (my favorite) Make ribbons from streamers
stapled to straws or build a collection from ribbon scraps you
have around home. The ways children move to various types
of music are amazing.

• Rabbit - let the children draw rabbits - add a cotton ball tail - read Mr
Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

• Teach the songs "Little Cabin in the Woods", "Rabbit Aint Got", and "Little
Peter Rabbit"

• Radish - Help the children plant radish seeds in milk cartons - they grow
fast!

• Cut radishes in half with a sharp knife. Give each child a plastic lid
filled with red tempra paint. Have each child draw a large letter R with a
red crayon - dip the radish halves in red paint and use them to rubber stamp
along the crayon line to make a Radish R

• Radio - listen to a radio during quiet time - help the children list the
different radio programs - ie - weather, public announcments, news, music,
talk show, call in. etc.. Have them draw a simple picture of a radio.

• Raisin - Make rice and raisin pudding

• glue raisins in the shape of an R

• Read - Set up a reading center - feature books with R words in the title (I
have a list if you need one) Be sure to put in some Ranger Rick magazines

• Write a letter home encouraging parents to read to their children this week.

•Reindeer
Trace each of the children's hands for antlers, cut a large triangle for the
head. The children can glue the hand antlers on the top, a red fingerprint
nose and two black thumb print eyes.

•Robots
Have the children move around the room as robots. Give them commands like
"stop", "go", "sit", etc..

•Raisins
Serve a small cup of raisins. You could add to apple sauce.

•Rabbits
Paper plate rabbits:
we used a small white paper plate and a large white paper plate. Glued the
face parts, ie. nose, whiskers, eyes, nose, ears to the small paper plate.
Then we glued on a tail feet to the large paper plate. Then we glued both
together. Voila, cute and very individual rabbits!

•Sock rabbits:
we collected a used white sock from each child and stuffed it with stuffing.
Then we glued on ears, nose, and eyes. We let the children use permanent pens
to make the whiskers. We also tied off the end of the sock to make a tail.

•Matching:
We used rabbit erasers, from Oriental Trading catalog, to sort and count. We
took plastic eggs and wrote numerals 1 - 10 on them. Then they placed the
correct amount of rabbits in the eggs.

•Color the letter R and then glue on rice

•with an outline of a rainbow we will color in the different colors

•painting with the color Red

• make robots using various collage materials

•make raindrop people

•other ideas - color rice in different colors, put rice in ziploc bags, add a
few drops of food coloring and shake, use to make pictures on tagboard or
constuction paper

•R is for rectangle....make rectangle collages include big and little
rectangles, thin and fat rectangles.

• R is for rain... cut out an umbrella shapes and let the children sponge
paint raindrop shapes with various colors of blue Sing "It's Raining It's
Pouring"

• R is for rabbit....make rabbit ear head bands and give the children cotton
ball tails and pretend to be rabbits for a day Look at the See How They
Grow--Rabbits Book

• R is for rocks....gather rocks and put in a plastic tub, let children
classify rocks into sizes (big, medium and small) on to a big piece of paper,
a medium piece of paper or a small piece of paper with the corresponding words
written on each size paper

• R is for red....have a red day and everyone wear red Read the book Red is
Best

• R is for records....if you're lucky enough to be able to get a hold of an
old children's record player and records, let children operate independently
in a listening corner

• R is for run...have relay races

•Letter r- cut an r out of strong paper and let the children glue on "r"ice

•make rainbows. I cut a paper plate in a rainbow shape(one plate
makes two rainbows.) The children glued colored yarn, colored sticks,
or colored the rainbow colors onto the plate. They used the color
sequence of a real rainbow. I read Don Freeman's A Rainbow of my Own.
We also collected rocks, used them to write our names, sorted them,
and tried to balance them on the scale. On the playground, we played
Red Rover.

• Today, a simple project turned into something very beautiful. We read the
story The Rainbow Fish, and then cut a large fish shape out of white
construction paper. Then we used watercolor paints, talked about what colors
were in the rainbow, and then the kids painted their fish. They were
beautiful When they dried, some children wanted to put aluminum foil on the
fish to make the Rainbow Fish's beautiful scales. These were wonderful!

For letter "R", we always plan a "Radical Red Day", for which the
children are encouraged to wear as many red things as they possible can
(I send a letter home about a week before). We then take pictures and
make a class book: "Billy has a red _________." The class absolutely
loves it, and it is amazing what the children and parents come up with.
One year, a mom actually dyed her child's hair red!!!! I think (hope) it
was with the VERY temporary "wash out in one shampoo" kind of color.

Alphabetically Yours: Volume: 1 Issue: Rr


Free Newsletter by Mrs. Alphabet 26 times yearly.


Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Alphabetically Yours. I am looking forward to introducing you to a multitude of activities, suggestions, and tips for Having Fun with the Alphabet. Please feel free to write with any questions and comments. I will answer back A.S.A.P. Anne@mrsalphabet.com

Rr Activities:


Alphabet Animal Sound game
By Mrs. Alphabet: Letter Rr

Rock like a rooster in the coop
Rocking for the barnyard group.
Hear the r sound in my name
Play the r sound animal game!
Go to http://www.mindspring.com/~zoonet/barnyard/pictures/rooster.jpg to see a real rambunctious raccoon.

Rockport
By Mrs. Alphabet

Use this poem to identify and spot R names, elicit new R names, and then brainstorm other places to live that begin with a R from your class.

Ray, Randy, and Rick live in Rockport with me
Rona, Rachel, and Roy want to visit and see.
What other R kids do you think live there
In marvelous Rockport far, far away from here?


Interview 6 people and ask them this question: Do you like ravioli? Record the results.

Describe a raccoon and then illustrate the raccoon. Fill in the blanks: Raccoons like to ____________, _____________, and _____________. Go to http://www.wqe.com/zoonet/jackson/pictures/raccoon.jpg to see a really rambunctious raccoon.

Take an imaginary trip on a roller coaster; describe what you see and then illustrate your story. Then visit here to go on a virtual ride: http://discovery.com/exp/rollercoasters/video.html

Visit Rhode Island; locate on your map or globe: http://www.state.ri.us/

Take a taste test using Rolo candies and create a rating scale or rubric with your class.

For science use this recipe at http://www.eecs.umich.edu/mathscience/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/beakman/rock-candy.html to make rock candy,observe, and describe what happens.

Remember to Reach in those hard to get places and go here: http://www.kidsdomain.com/down/pc/reachforget.html to download a cute matching game for healthy teeth.

Use raisins as counters or for simple math problems: estimating, counting, adding, sorting, patterns, subtracting, or bingo markers.

Play reggae or rock and roll music for naptime or as background music during center time.

Reese's Pieces Math can incorporate counting, graphing, sorting, measuring, predicting, and comparing.

Use different size Russell Stover boxes for a math lesson demonstrating: color, shape, size, sorting, and counting.

Graph your favorite restaurant.

Graph how many children were born in Rhode Island.

If I were a ranger I would _________________, but I wouldn't __________________.

If I were a ringmaster I would _____________________, but I wouldn't __________________.

Create class R charts and place child's name at the end of his/her sentence:

Make a list of Rugrat characters and visit them at: http://www.nick.com/rugrats_movie/

Find objects that are red in color.

View or print out Renoir's work here and talk about what the children notice and observe: http://www.artchive.com/artchive/ftptoc/renoir_ext.html

Ready to make a collage using ribbons and rice for an art project.

Create Rainbow names by letting your students trace letters in their name using the colors in the rainbow. First print their name or let them print the name in black marker then use one color at a time. Before or after your project visit Rainbow Brite and her friends at: http://www.cyberfocus.net/80schica/Rainbowland/

Remember to recycle and go here for some really neat art projects using recycled articles: http://www.kinderart.com/recycle/

Draw a picture of a rhombus. Discuss what you notice from the pictures.

Smell raspberry and see if the children can guess the smell. Then make this treat at: http://www.ichef.com/ichef-recipes/Cookies/15260.html

Ready for a real special treat make Root Beer Floats and have the children write their own recipe for how they made it. Here's a recipe you can follow or try your own: http://www.whatscooking.com/recipes/old_recipes/krrootbeerfloats.htm

List names that begin with R and talk about what you see or hear.

Check names in the class for r sounds. Make a graph of children that have the R sound in their name.

Read a poem and have children color code all the r words.

Try introducing this r word: roof Ask the children what they notice about the word.

Whose family has the most R names?

Use these words to rhyme: rat ray rot rear rest row rib read run

Tongue Twister: Raining, Rita Rabbit raced rapidly running.

Make a predictable chart: At the rodeo I saw ____________.

Give 3 reasons you think some children get rashes.

Order your students in a line from R to P.

Record the date and time while racing from one point to another. Repeat once a week or monthly and try to improve your time.

Ranking high on my list is this first rate reading resource: http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/Atrium/1783/NotAnotherInservice.html

R Books: Rosie's Walk Round Trip Rumpelstiltskin The Rainbow Fish

R Authors: Michael Ross: http://home.inreach.com/meross/index.html Shoo Rayner: http://www.shoo-rayner.co.uk/

Please help: To help me defer some of my expenses I have put an Amazon.com link in my store: http://www.mrsalphabet.com/store.html and several links on my links page: http://www.mrsalphabet.com/links.html If you could go exploring and visit these pages I would appreciate the inquiries and support. Thank you very much.

Please help: Ken and view his new game Hang2000 which is a simple word-guessing game that is completely customizable and suitable for all ages. You can enter your own words one at a time, or create your own lists of words, vocabulary lists, etc. The "large guessing letters" can be shown as big block capital letters, or large lower case letters. The graphics are colorful and non-violent, the sounds are digitized and fun for children (even includes the voice of children!). It's a game you can grow with. The number of guesses can be adjusted for many levels of difficulty. The game requires a Macintosh that can display 256 colors (or more.)
For more info: http://www.winograd.com

Letter R

RAINBOWS
Submitted byCooter9767 of the KOS Loop
This "Rainbow Rhyme" was found in the "Mailbox" April/May 1999 magazine.
Six little markers all standing in a line.
They said, "Let's draw a picture and make it mighty fine!"
RED jumped for joy as he leaped across the sky.
Orange jumped up too, but not quite so high.
Next came Yellow as bright as the sun.
Green was excited as he started to run.
Blue followed boldly, then looked all around.
Purple came last, nearly touching the ground.
"Isn't this lovely?" the markers exclaimed.
"We've made a rainbow without any rain!!!!!!"
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Let's start with 'R'. BOOK:"The Little Rabbit with Red Wings" Art: kids
cut rabbit, glue on red wings .(moral/lesson in thi story is one of self
image/ self esteem if you want to work your themes into this)
R is for rainbow. Freestyle or take tissue paper / arrange in 'rainbow'
order; kids "paint " on with water. remove tissue paper when dry.
SCI:raccoon or rabbit facts Art : raccoon masks
and remember that Anything red can be tied in during the week of "R"".
words to think about / ideas to develop: ring, rose ( I have a
beautiful rose that the kids watercolor) , rain, relay races outside,
rap songs, robin redbreast (teach about birds with the book: "Feathers
for Lunch") Have kids paint the robin.
Rice in the rice table!!
All I can think of off the top of my head. Visit my site and look under
ABC curriculum / you may find some there. laurie
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Also with rocks, have a balance scale handy. Let them compare weights of the
rocks. Use magnifying glasses to examine them...just a thought from a teacher
who had to put a STOP to the students bringing them in to school because we
were overrun with rocks. The children really loved doing this!
Genie GA/k
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
For R - rainbows (great for
this time of year), rabbits; on the art table I had a variety of colored
rectangles, all different sizes as well for them to make robots. Hope these
activities help. Louise
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
*read Rainbow Fish and do an art project
When we did Rainbow fish I made a big fish outline and copied it on
construction
paper. Then students cut it out, tore up multi-colored construction paper for
scales and glued them onto shape. (I had already put on eye, and scales only
went over "body" of fish, not head, fins or tail.) You will have to
demonstrate that for them to look like scales they have to overlap. Everyone
also got one shiny scale made from aluminum foil to put on their fish. You
could use wiggly eyes also. The fish were then placed on light blue bulletin
board paper with waves cut out on the top. They were so cute I hated to take
them down!
*read Rosie's Walk
*make rainsticks
*make robots
*glue rice to Letter R shape
*glue rubberbands to Letter R shape
*read White Rabbit's Color Book & Brown Rabbit's Shape Book
*read Roxaboxen
*read Rumble in the Jungle
*make and eat rolls
*have students dictate recipes for a cookbook
*color Red
*Recycle/Reuse theme
*Rainforest theme
*have an extra recess
*listen to the radio
*eat radishes
*have a special reader come in and read to the class
*set up a restaurant

Cindy/sped k-2
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Sender: owner-early_childhood@lists.teachers.net
To: early_childhood@lists.teachers.net

Activity R
Make red rubbings. Write the words "red rubbings" at the top of the paper.
Then collect things from around the house that are flat and place them under
the paper. Rub with the side of a red crayon on top of the paper. This
process will create a red image of the object. Suggested objects for red
rubbings are stencils of the letter "R", road (use the sidewalk and pretend
it is a road), rice, or maybe a ruler. This would also be a good day to
ride bikes and trikes on a pretend road.

R = rice

R: Ribbon dancing!! (my favorite) Make ribbons from streamers
stapled to straws or build a collection from ribbon scraps you
have around home. The ways children move to various types
of music are amazing.

• Rabbit - let the children draw rabbits - add a cotton ball tail - read Mr
Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

• Teach the songs "Little Cabin in the Woods", "Rabbit Aint Got", and "Little
Peter Rabbit"

• Radish - Help the children plant radish seeds in milk cartons - they grow
fast!

• Cut radishes in half with a sharp knife. Give each child a plastic lid
filled with red tempra paint. Have each child draw a large letter R with a
red crayon - dip the radish halves in red paint and use them to rubber stamp
along the crayon line to make a Radish R

• Radio - listen to a radio during quiet time - help the children list the
different radio programs - ie - weather, public announcments, news, music,
talk show, call in. etc.. Have them draw a simple picture of a radio.

• Raisin - Make rice and raisin pudding

• glue raisins in the shape of an R

• Read - Set up a reading center - feature books with R words in the title (I
have a list if you need one) Be sure to put in some Ranger Rick magazines

• Write a letter home encouraging parents to read to their children this week.

•Reindeer
Trace each of the children's hands for antlers, cut a large triangle for the
head. The children can glue the hand antlers on the top, a red fingerprint
nose and two black thumb print eyes.

•Robots
Have the children move around the room as robots. Give them commands like
"stop", "go", "sit", etc..

•Raisins
Serve a small cup of raisins. You could add to apple sauce.

•Rabbits
Paper plate rabbits:
we used a small white paper plate and a large white paper plate. Glued the
face parts, ie. nose, whiskers, eyes, nose, ears to the small paper plate.
Then we glued on a tail feet to the large paper plate. Then we glued both
together. Voila, cute and very individual rabbits!

•Sock rabbits:
we collected a used white sock from each child and stuffed it with stuffing.
Then we glued on ears, nose, and eyes. We let the children use permanent pens
to make the whiskers. We also tied off the end of the sock to make a tail.

•Matching:
We used rabbit erasers, from Oriental Trading catalog, to sort and count. We
took plastic eggs and wrote numerals 1 - 10 on them. Then they placed the
correct amount of rabbits in the eggs.

•Color the letter R and then glue on rice

•with an outline of a rainbow we will color in the different colors

•painting with the color Red

• make robots using various collage materials

•make raindrop people

•other ideas - color rice in different colors, put rice in ziploc bags, add a
few drops of food coloring and shake, use to make pictures on tagboard or
constuction paper

•R is for rectangle....make rectangle collages include big and little
rectangles, thin and fat rectangles.

• R is for rain... cut out an umbrella shapes and let the children sponge
paint raindrop shapes with various colors of blue Sing "It's Raining It's
Pouring"

• R is for rabbit....make rabbit ear head bands and give the children cotton
ball tails and pretend to be rabbits for a day Look at the See How They
Grow--Rabbits Book

• R is for rocks....gather rocks and put in a plastic tub, let children
classify rocks into sizes (big, medium and small) on to a big piece of paper,
a medium piece of paper or a small piece of paper with the corresponding words
written on each size paper

• R is for red....have a red day and everyone wear red Read the book Red is
Best

• R is for records....if you're lucky enough to be able to get a hold of an
old children's record player and records, let children operate independently
in a listening corner

• R is for run...have relay races

•Letter r- cut an r out of strong paper and let the children glue on "r"ice

•make rainbows. I cut a paper plate in a rainbow shape(one plate
makes two rainbows.) The children glued colored yarn, colored sticks,
or colored the rainbow colors onto the plate. They used the color
sequence of a real rainbow. I read Don Freeman's A Rainbow of my Own.
We also collected rocks, used them to write our names, sorted them,
and tried to balance them on the scale. On the playground, we played
Red Rover.

• Today, a simple project turned into something very beautiful. We read the
story The Rainbow Fish, and then cut a large fish shape out of white
construction paper. Then we used watercolor paints, talked about what colors
were in the rainbow, and then the kids painted their fish. They were
beautiful When they dried, some children wanted to put aluminum foil on the
fish to make the Rainbow Fish's beautiful scales. These were wonderful!

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From: rebecca@sssnet.com (Rebecca Favazzo)
Sender: owner-early_childhood@lists.teachers.net
Reply-to: rebecca@sssnet.com
To: early_childhood@lists.teachers.net

For letter "R", we always plan a "Radical Red Day", for which the
children are encouraged to wear as many red things as they possible can
(I send a letter home about a week before). We then take pictures and
make a class book: "Billy has a red _________." The class absolutely
loves it, and it is amazing what the children and parents come up with.
One year, a mom actually dyed her child's hair red!!!! I think (hope) it
was with the VERY temporary "wash out in one shampoo" kind of color.

Can you add this to your rainbow fish : Paper plates; cut triangle out as
mouth , add fish eye, staple tri. that was cut to end as a tail / kids color
plate (FIRST!!)

Laurie
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R: ROCK
SHOW:
Look at a rock through a large magnifying glass. What do you see?
IDEAS:
You see many different bits of mineral matter of various colors and shapes.
Some are arranged in layers. Some are shiny, some dull; some rough, some
smooth. Hunt for two or three different shapes or sizes of rocks to use.

Sandy
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Rainbows with paint
You can take a sponge (regular small kitchen type) and cut it in
straight pieces across so that each rectangle is about 1inch by3 inches
plus the depth of the sponge. Wet and wring out the sponges one for
each child. Use the three primary colors of temrera paint (red,yellow
and blue) and have the children paint with little brushes the ONE
LONG SIDE of the sponge with red at the top , yellow in the middle ,and
blue on the bottom end. All the colors are touching but not
overlapping. When you put the sponge down on a paper (white preferably)
and rub it along and swirl it around ,it will look like a rainbow .
The colors will blend a little in the middle. You can only swirl in one
direction but you can make any pattern. It works very well. Then of
course put on more paint and continue making rainbows. Up and down and
sideways if they want or the regular arch.
I also use the book "A Rainbow of My Own" by Freeman (I think)
Jeanne

aven't tried this and I think you have to use a particular kind of marker,
but I have been told that if you use a coffee filter and black marker and
then wet the filter the colors of the rainbow will run into the coffee
filter.

Anyone out there know if this works and what kind of marker to use?

Dorothy
->
My favorite book- "Planting a rainbow", by Lois Ehlert. You can also
have the kids make the different flowers from the book and make a
paper garden/ or stamp print with paint on flower shaped sponges- or
if you have time try to plant a real garden. Also the song- "I can
Sing a Rainbow".

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes,
Listen with your ears,
and sing everything you see,
I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing along with me.

Red and yellow and pink and green,
Purple and orange and blue,
I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow too!

I am remembering this from my early childhood memories, but I've
never forgotten the song or the tune. Sorry if I messed up a word or
two.

*don't know exactly who posted this in Kinder Kapers

I do Rainbow fish later in the year. I have the children cut out a large
fish and many small fish (sizes could vary with time of year and age) We
try to guess how many small fish it will take to fill the large fish..
Farrm***
******************
I did this as a directed drawing at the end of the year, and it was hard
then. If you wanted to make a fish outline and ditto it it might be easier.
The kids need to draw a large fish (use pencil first and then crayon). Make
sure that you model how to use the whole page (otherwise you end up with
microscopic fish). When they have this show them how to make large scales by
writing the letter C and overlapping. If they make the scales too small it
will take forever! Then have them use the pink, purple, blue, and green
crayons to outline the fish and color it it (each scale is a different
color-tell them to make a pattern). They need to press HARD so that the
crayon is waxy on the page or it will NOT work. This takes a long time and
you might want to do this over a couple of days. Tell them to not leave any
white in the fish. When they are done give them purple and blue water color
to paint over the fish and cover the entire page. (This is like crayon
resist-the watercolor won't stick to the part they colored if they did it
hard enough). When these are dry outline one large scale with white glue and
sprinkle silver glitter over it. They turn out really pretty. If you have
questions just ask! Hope this was clear-it's times like this I wish I had a
scanner.
Shelly
*******

I do an Art activity when we do Rainbow Fish. We discuss the colors we see
in the book, and how they are ocean colors. Then I pull out my big box of
old crayons and the kids help pick out just the ocean colors. I give each
child a copy of a coloring page (that includes many scales) of the rainbow
fish and we begin to color--here's the "catch"-- no colors can be touching
(this prevents them coloring with just one crayon) When each cild is
finished I give them a scale that I've cut out glitter paper and they add
that to their fish. I make a big aquarium on the wall and we call it our
"Friendship Fish Tank", all the fish go into the tank and I add plants, etc.
It is a lovely (and large) wall decoration!
Hope this helps, Bonnie 20 years, Kindergarten
***********

I took an 8* x 11 piece of light blue construction paper and drew an outline
of a fish to within an inch of each side. From the center of the fish (so
that you don't cut from the outside of the paper) cut the fish out and
discard. (or if you can cut exactly on the line you can have the cut out fish
shape too!). It now looks like a frame. Have this done ahead of time for
each child. Then give each child an 8x10* piece of waxed paper and brush
lightly with watered down glue and place different colors of cut up tissue
paper to cover the whole piece of waxed paper. Let dry and then staple to
back of blue construction. Give each child an aluminum foil scale to glue on
and then hang them in the windows. This is a little messy because the tissue
paper runs but it difinitely is worth it. The kids have a great time and
they look like stained glass windows when the sun shines through. I did
this in Kinder last year and hated to take them down. I am teaching second
grade this year and might have them do the entire project by themselves. It
is one of my favorites! Have fun! TeachK1510 (Maureen in Orlando)
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The story of the Rainbow Fish is wonderful to begin the school year with. We
make decorated fish however I make two for each child and after they have
decorated them. we staple or glue them together leaving a hole big enough to
stuff. You can use whatever recyclable materials you wish to stuff him with.
Then seal the hole and attach a paperclip or something which will allow him
to hang on the bulletin board. Let the children help you create a "sea"
environment all around your fish. This is a favorite activity each year.
Enjoy. Judy in OKC, Okla. (SHRNR)@aol.com
************

This past school year my class did a project with Rainbow Fish theme. Only I
sent home a cut out of a fish and had the parents and the children work on it
as a family project. I could not believe all the imagination and creativity
that went into some of the fish. No two looked alike and were all equally
beautiful. They hung on our wall for quite a bit longer than usual. Parents
from other classes came in to see our Rainbow Fish Wall. It was the talk of
the school for a very long time. I plan on doing this again this year; I
also am going to have other family projects to go along with the other themes.
Carol in IL Cann16
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We make lots of fish but the favorite
is our class fish. I draw an outline of a fish as large as I can fit it
on a piece of posterboard. The class then eats a bag of Hershey kisses
that are wrapped in the different colors (can find these around Easter).
They paste the wrappers ('scales') on the fish including one silver
'scale.' We hang this in the hall with the caption "Can you find his
silver scale?" The students love to point out the scale to their
parents when they pick are picked up. Lots of parents tell me they hear
the entire story before they get to the car!

We also watch the video of "The Rainbow Fish," (on the same video as "Dazzle
the Dinosaur" whenever I need about fifteen minutes of time to get other
things done in the classroom.

Last year I sent home tagboard houses for families to decorate together and
they were so wonderful. This year I plan to expand on this by having PROJECT
BASKETS. For example with the rainbow fish idea I would have the book in the
basket with the fish to decorate. I would include scissors, glue, paper
scraps and then encourage families to use whatever else they have. I will
also include in the basket some other fish books, maybe a Rainbow fish puppet
or something and maybe a game.

After reading the story we talk about the importance of sharing. Then
the children each get to tell me one thing the like to share and who
they like to share it with. I write their answers on circles. then the
children receive one "sparkling scale" that I share with them. At
project time they are given a fish shaped paper a variety of tissue
paper scales. Then they paint on diluted glue and place the colored
scales on the glue. I usually show them how brushing too much will
destroy the scales. Then each child puts their one sparkling scale on
their fish. I display them on the bulletin board along with other ocean
things and the caption" We share in preschool" the circles form air
bubbles. The sparkling scales are just ovals cut from metalic wrapping
paper. Hope this helps. Nancy
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Can you add this to your rainbow fish : Paper plates; cut triangle out as
mouth , add fish eye, staple tri. that was cut to end as a tail / kids color
plate (FIRST!!)

Laurie
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Mister Rabbit

Materials:
Rabbit and four carrots

Mister Rabbit in the carrot patch
Digging up the carrots. Scratch, scratch.
He ate the first little carrot, round and fat.
He ate the second little carrot just like that.
He ate the third little carrot, orange and sweet.
He ate the fourth little carrot, what a treat!
Mister Rabbit in the carrot patch
Digging up the carrots. Scratch, scratch, scratch.


Five Bunny Rabbits

Material :
five rabbits

Five bunny rabbits sitting by my door
One hopped away and then there were four.
Four bunny rabbits sleeping near a tree
One hopped away and then there were three.
Three bunny rabbits now what will they do?
One hopped away and then there were two.
Two bunny rabbits resting in the sun.
One hopped away and then there was one.
One bunny rabbit left all alone.
He hopped off down the road
maybe to your home . . . .

Does anyone else have any rabbit flannel stories??


Jan Smith
Kamloops
a1a77749@bc.synpatico.ca
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I just finished making this flannel board story
and thought I
would share it with you.

Flannel Board Story

Materials Needed:

l Large Rabbit
l Small Rabbit
Squirrel
Porcupine
Red Bird
Yellow Duck
Groundhog
Red Wings
Pond
Tree with hole in it
Rock with red door

THE LITTLE RABBIT WHO WANTED RED WINGS

Once upon a time there was a little white rabbit with two beautiful pink
ears and two
bright red eyes and four soft little feet but he was not happy.

“Oh mummy, I wish I had bristles like Mr. Porcupine.”

And when Miss Puddle Duck went by with her two little red feet, the
little white rabbit
would say “Oh, mummy, I wish I had a pair of red feet like Mrs. Puddle
duck’s.

One day Mr. Groundhog heard him.

“Why don’t you go down to the old wishing pond. Turn around in a circle
three times
and then make your wish.

So the little white rabbit went down to the wishing pond, where he saw a
little red bird.

“Oh, I wish I had a pair of little red wings” he said and he turned
around three times.

All of a sudden he had a pair of little red wings. The little rabbit
then walked back
home.

The rabbit and his mother lived in a hole in a tree when he went to go
in, his mother
yelled, “Go away, no strange rabbits allowed.”

“But mother it is me” he yelled, but she did not know any rabbits who
had red wings.

He then went to Mr. Squirrels house. “Please Mr. Squirrel, may I sleep
in your house.”
Mr. Squirrel slammed the door. You see, he had never seen a rabbit with
red wings. The
little rabbit sat down and cried. “Oh, I wish I did not have these red
wings anymore.”

Mr. Groundhog heard him and told him to go back down to the wishing pond
and wish
them off. So the little white rabbit went to the pond, turned around
three times and made
his wish. All of a sudden the wings disappeared.

Then he ran home to his mommy who knew him right away and was so glad to
see him.
And the little white rabbit never, never again wished to be someone
different.


Jan Smith
Kamloops
a1a77749@bc.sympatico.ca
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Rabbits........The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings. Great story
Usually doing this around Easter time so I combine the rabbits with Easter
projects. One of my favorites is to make a rabbit face on an egg shaped
piece of construction paper. Then I cut out a second egg shape from wall
paper (so it looks like an Easter egg) I cut that in half lengthwise and
attach the pieces to the top of the first egg. Now you can lift up the two
halves....and they turn into ears for the rabbit face.

Racecars.........I like to save racecar painting for this week. The kids
love to run the cars through the paint and make designs on their papers with
the tracks.

Rattles......we make all kinds of rattles and use them to play rhythms

Rafts.......Make rafts out of scrap materials and see how they float in the
water table. Experiment to see which raft can hold the most weight.

Races.........We love to run all kinds of races. Running, skipping,
hopping...it doesn't matter. The sillier the better......balancing an
eraser on your head, walking on the balance beam, trying not to spill a full
glass of water (outside).

Radishes.......Good time to taste radishes and plant them

Rain and Rainbows.........make rain clouds with the steam from a tea kettle.
Make rainbows with prisms.

Rainbow: Have kids trace their hands on construction paper of all the colors
of the rainbow. Have them cut them out and sort them into color groups. I
then arrange them into a rainbow on a bulletin board.

Razzle Dazzle R.....cut Rr out of construction paper and cover with glitter.

Rice.....replace the sand in the sand table with rice.

Rice......There is a book called "Everyone Eats Rice". Good multicultural
experience....get parents to volunteer to cook rice in different ways.
Mexican rice, Chinese fried rice, sushi, MidEastern Pilaf, rice pudding, rice
cakes, rice crispies...Have a "Very Rice Day"

Raisins.......Talk about where raisins come from. Put some raisins in water
and some grapes on cake racks in the sun. See what happens.

Remember Book. Make a class book of things that the children remember doing
in class this year. Have them draw a picture and dictate or write about the
experience.

Restaurant....set up a restaurant in the housekeeping play area. Have the
kids make menus by cutting out pictures of food from magazines and writing
numbers for prices. Give them order pads to write the order on.

Riddles........Use lots of riddles during circle time.

Rhymes.....Lots of rhyming words

Rockets: Wrap a paper towel tube in tinfoil. Add an oaktag tail and cone.
Staple red cellophane so it is coming out of the back of the tube. Hang
from ceiling.

Rocking Horse: I have a picture of a rocking horse and made a reverse of
it. THe kids color it and we glue the two sides together leaving the rocker
part unglued. That part is glued on to a small paper plate folded in half.
This way the horse kind of straddles the plate and the plate reinforces the
rocker. It stands independently and can be rocked back and forth.

Row: We play Row, Row, Row Your Boat.....partners sit down holding hands and
brace their feet against each other's feet. They can now rock back and forth
as we sing Row Row Row Your Boat

Rubbings are always popular. Use soft paper and the sides of old crayons to
rub over coins, leaves, whatever you are into at the time.

Game: Red Rover

Traditional stories: Rumplestiltskin and The Pied Piper of Hamelin (rats)

From: KAMBOS2
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R R is for raccoons. make raccoon masks . Teach raccoon facts.
R is for rainbow rice. Make some with rice, food coloring and alcohol. Put in
several large tubs and use in the same way as you would a sand table.
R is for rainbows. Paint one. Show one (with water and the sun) or use tissue
paper and 'paint' on paper with plain water. App. 20 mins. later remove
tissue paper.
R is for RED. Have "RED" day. Have all the kids wear red, play games finding
red thins, paint red thingsetc... Read Little Red Riding Hood.
R is for Rooster. Make a felt story of "Rooster's off to see the world " by
eric Carle for a lesson in numbers / counting.
R is for races / play in the gym for gross motor.
R is for roses - get a beautiful picture of one and have the kids water color
it red print the word 'rose'. At Circle talk about "Roses are red, violets
are blue (BLANK BLANK ) Have the kids fill in some blanks as rhyming games
for phonemic awareness.
R is for robin. Paint the red red and then read the book "Feathers for
Lunch".
R is for rock - paint some.
R is for rake. Copy the design of one to green or yellow paper/ have kids cut
on the lines. Add brown constr. paper handle. Sing "This is the way we rake
our yard.... Or "Pretty leaves are falling down,,,...."(tune of London
Bridge) as kids pretend to rake with the paper rakes. Then have your own
Earth Day and ask parents to send in tiny rakes and allow the kids to rake up
the play yard / perhaps plant some annuals if possible.
R is for rtabbit. Cut white rabbit/paint white wings red and glue to the
back. Read "The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings"
Visit my ABC page at
http://www.angelfire.com/ma/kpre1
for more ABC ideas. laurie


R letter ideas

Rabbit - let the children draw rabbits - add a cotton ball tail - read Mr
Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Teach the songs "Little Cabin in the Woods", "Rabbit Aint Got", and "Little
Peter Rabbit"

Radish - Help the children plant radish seeds in milk cartons - they grow
fast!

Cut radishes in half with a sharp knife. Give each child a plastic lid
filled with red tempra paint. Have each child draw a large letter R with a
red crayon - dip the radish halves in red paint and use them to rubber stamp
along the crayon line to make a Radish R

Radio - listen to a radio during quiet time - help the children list the
different radio programs - ie - weather, public announcments, news, music,
talk show, call in. etc.. Have them draw a simple picture of a radio.

Raisin - Make rice and raisin pudding

glue raisins in the shape of an R

Read - Set up a reading center - feature books with R words in the title (I
have a list if you need one) Be sure to put in some Ranger Rick magazines

Write a letter home encouraging parents to read to their children this week.

Reindeer
Trace each of the children's hands for antlers, cut a large triangle for the
head. The children can glue the hand antlers on the top, a red fingerprint
nose and two black thumb print eyes.

Robots
Have the children move around the room as robots. Give them commands like
"stop", "go", "sit", etc..

Raisins
Serve a small cup of raisins. You could add to apple sauce.

Rabbits
Paper plate rabbits:
we used a small white paper plate and a large white paper plate. Glued the
face parts, ie. nose, whiskers, eyes, nose, ears to the small paper plate.
Then we glued on a tail feet to the large paper plate. Then we glued both
together. Voila, cute and very individual rabbits!

Sock rabbits:
we collected a used white sock from each child and stuffed it with stuffing.
Then we glued on ears, nose, and eyes. We let the children use permanent pens
to make the whiskers. We also tied off the end of the sock to make a tail.

Matching:
We used rabbit erasers, from Oriental Trading catalog, to sort and count. We
took plastic eggs and wrote numerals 1 - 10 on them. Then they placed the
correct amount of rabbits in the eggs.

Color the letter R and then glue on rice

with an outline of a rainbow we will color in the different colors

painting with the color Red

make robots using various collage materials

make raindrop people

other ideas - color rice in different colors, put rice in ziploc bags, add a
few drops of food coloring and shake, use to make pictures on tagboard or
constuction paper

R is for rectangle....make rectangle collages include big and little
rectangles, thin and fat rectangles.

R is for rain... cut out an umbrella shapes and let the children sponge
paint raindrop shapes with various colors of blue Sing "It's Raining It's
Pouring"

R is for rabbit....make rabbit ear head bands and give the children cotton
ball tails and pretend to be rabbits for a day Look at the See How They
Grow--Rabbits Book

R is for rocks....gather rocks and put in a plastic tub, let children
classify rocks into sizes (big, medium and small) on to a big piece of paper,
a medium piece of paper or a small piece of paper with the corresponding words
written on each size paper

R is for red....have a red day and everyone wear red Read the book Red is
Best

R is for records....if you're lucky enough to be able to get a hold of an
old children's record player and records, let children operate independently
in a listening corner

R is for run...have relay races

Letter r- cut an r out of strong paper and let the children glue on "r"ice

make rainbows. I cut a paper plate in a rainbow shape(one plate
makes two rainbows.) The children glued colored yarn, colored sticks,
or colored the rainbow colors onto the plate. They used the color
sequence of a real rainbow. I read Don Freeman's A Rainbow of my Own.
We also collected rocks, used them to write our names, sorted them,
and tried to balance them on the scale. On the playground, we played
Red Rover.

Today, a simple project turned into something very beautiful. We read the
story The Rainbow Fish, and then cut a large fish shape out of white
construction paper. Then we used watercolor paints, talked about what colors
were in the rainbow, and then the kids painted their fish. They were
beautiful When they dried, some children wanted to put aluminum foil on the
fish to make the Rainbow Fish's beautiful scales. These were wonderful!

Letter R part 3

I have a big "R" and have put rice, raisins, red ribbon on it. The R
was on red paper.

Judy pk
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R: Ribbon dancing!! (my favorite) Make ribbons from streamers
stapled to straws or build a collection from ribbon scraps you
have around home. The ways children move to various types
of music are amazing.

Activity R
Make red rubbings. Write the words "red rubbings" at the top of the paper.
Then collect things from around the house that are flat and place them under
the paper. Rub with the side of a red crayon on top of the paper. This
process will create a red image of the object. Suggested objects for red
rubbings are stencils of the letter "R", road (use the sidewalk and pretend
it is a road), rice, or maybe a ruler. This would also be a good day to
ride bikes and trikes on a pretend road.

• Rabbit - let the children draw rabbits - add a cotton ball tail - read Mr
Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

• Teach the songs "Little Cabin in the Woods", "Rabbit Aint Got", and "Little
Peter Rabbit"

• Radish - Help the children plant radish seeds in milk cartons - they grow
fast!

• Cut radishes in half with a sharp knife. Give each child a plastic lid
filled with red tempra paint. Have each child draw a large letter R with a
red crayon - dip the radish halves in red paint and use them to rubber stamp
along the crayon line to make a Radish R

• Radio - listen to a radio during quiet time - help the children list the
different radio programs - ie - weather, public announcments, news, music,
talk show, call in. etc.. Have them draw a simple picture of a radio.

• Raisin - Make rice and raisin pudding

• glue raisins in the shape of an R

• Read - Set up a reading center - feature books with R words in the title (I
have a list if you need one) Be sure to put in some Ranger Rick magazines

• Write a letter home encouraging parents to read to their children this week.

•Reindeer
Trace each of the children's hands for antlers, cut a large triangle for the
head. The children can glue the hand antlers on the top, a red fingerprint
nose and two black thumb print eyes.

•Robots
Have the children move around the room as robots. Give them commands like
"stop", "go", "sit", etc..

•Raisins
Serve a small cup of raisins. You could add to apple sauce.

•Rabbits
Paper plate rabbits:
we used a small white paper plate and a large white paper plate. Glued the
face parts, ie. nose, whiskers, eyes, nose, ears to the small paper plate.
Then we glued on a tail feet to the large paper plate. Then we glued both
together. Voila, cute and very individual rabbits!

•Sock rabbits:
we collected a used white sock from each child and stuffed it with stuffing.
Then we glued on ears, nose, and eyes. We let the children use permanent
pens to make the whiskers. We also tied off the end of the sock to make a
tail.

•Matching:
We used rabbit erasers, from Oriental Trading catalog, to sort and count. We
took plastic eggs and wrote numerals 1 - 10 on them. Then they placed the
correct amount of rabbits in the eggs.

•Color the letter R and then glue on rice

•with an outline of a rainbow we will color in the different colors

•painting with the color Red

• make robots using various collage materials

•make raindrop people

•other ideas - color rice in different colors, put rice in ziploc bags, add a
few drops of food coloring and shake, use to make pictures on tagboard or
constuction paper

•R is for rectangle....make rectangle collages include big and little
rectangles, thin and fat rectangles.

• R is for rain... cut out an umbrella shapes and let the children sponge
paint raindrop shapes with various colors of blue Sing "It's Raining It's
Pouring"

• R is for rabbit....make rabbit ear head bands and give the children cotton
ball tails and pretend to be rabbits for a day Look at the See How They
Grow--Rabbits Book

• R is for rocks....gather rocks and put in a plastic tub, let children
classify rocks into sizes (big, medium and small) on to a big piece of
paper, a medium piece of paper or a small piece of paper with the
corresponding words written on each size paper

• R is for red....have a red day and everyone wear red Read the book Red is
Best

• R is for records....if you're lucky enough to be able to get a hold of an
old children's record player and records, let children operate independently
in a listening corner

• R is for run...have relay races

•Letter r- cut an r out of strong paper and let the children glue on "r"ice

•make rainbows. I cut a paper plate in a rainbow shape(one plate
makes two rainbows.) The children glued colored yarn, colored sticks,
or colored the rainbow colors onto the plate. They used the color
sequence of a real rainbow. I read Don Freeman's A Rainbow of my Own.
We also collected rocks, used them to write our names, sorted them,
and tried to balance them on the scale. On the playground, we played
Red Rover.

• Today, a simple project turned into something very beautiful. We read the
story The Rainbow Fish, and then cut a large fish shape out of white
construction paper. Then we used watercolor paints, talked about what colors
were in the rainbow, and then the kids painted their fish. They were
beautiful When they dried, some children wanted to put aluminum foil on the
fish to make the Rainbow Fish's beautiful scales. These were wonderful!