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#1013. "Y" Letter Ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Tue Apr 20 13:30:48 PDT 1999 by Early Childhood Mailring ().
Concepts Taught: "Y" letter activities

Y letter ideas

Letter Y

Yippy the Yellow Yak
(Tune: BINGO)

There is a Yak that teachers know
His friends all call him Yippy.
He comes to school on Mondays, Yes
Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Yes
He likes school on Fridays best
Yippy the Yellow Yak

Yesterday he acted yuck and trashed up the whole school yard
He tied yard up and down the swing
Yanked my yo-yo and broke the swing

He yelled and messed up everything
Yippy the Yellow Yak

Yippy was in trouble then with all his friends and teachers
Monday he stopped being bad
Tuesday and Wednesday he was glad
Thursday and Friday what fun he had
Yippy the Yellow Yak!!!
Read Yo! Yes? ~ Chris Raschka
Cindy/SPED K-2
Let a yo-yo go. What does the yo-yo do as it falls?
AS the yo-yo falls, it spins around faster and faster. At the bottom of the
string, the yo-yo is spinning fast enough to make it climb back up the
to the starting position.

Y activities could include yo-yo's and yarn art
Activity Y
Investigate yaks. Then make yellow yak hats. Ask you child what they know
about yaks. You may have to ask more leading questions with younger
children. Is a yak an animal or plant? What is a yak? Where does a yak come
from? Once you have an understanding of your child's knowledge, you can
build on what your child already knows. You may wish to write a few
questions down and write the answers as you find them.
Making yellow yak hats is fun. Use two sheets of yellow construction paper
to make a band around your child's head. Fold the paper in half the long
way. Then fold it in half again the same way. Staple the ends of the two
folded sheets together so they fit your child's head. This will form a
sturdy band. Use yellow construction paper to make the yak horns. I
recommend that you and your child sit and play with the construction paper.
You may want to draw and cut out a yak horn shape or roll each sheet into a
yak horn. Use whatever means necessary to fasten the horns to the band. No
matter how you create your yak hat, have fun and let your child know how
great he is.

Y: Yarn. Have the children make shapes on the floor with their
yarn and ask them to step inside their shape, walk on their
shape, make their shape disappear, etc.

Give each of the children a large piece of paper and have them draw their
house and yard. Have them tell out their map of their yard.

Yellow Flowers
Give each of the children a piece of paper and yellow paint. Have them paint
yellow flowers on their paper. They can draw in green stems and grass to
complete the picture.

Yo-yo Fun
Let each of the children take turns to try an make a yo-yo go up and down.
Let them try numerous times. With lots of practice, they will get it.

Yummy Yogosicles
Have each child measure the following ingredients into a small bowl.
1/4 C. Yogurt (vanilla, banana or plain)
1 Tsp. Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (thawed)
1 Tsp. Honey
Mix well and pour the mixture into a small paper or plastic cup and freeze.
When the mixture is solid enough to hold up a popsicle stick, put one in and
refreeze until firm.

- we cover a bubble letter y with yarn

- yellow is the color of the week

- we sang the beatles song "Yellow Submarine"

(Y) 1. Yarn pictures (take yarn to outline shapes)

Jack Prelutsky

Yickity-yackity, yickity-yak,
the yak has a scriffily, scraffily back,
some yaks are brown yaks and some yaks are black,
yickity-yackity, yickity-yak.

Sniggildy-snaggildy, sniggildy-snag,
the yak is all covered with shiggildy-shag;
he walks with a ziggildy-zaggildy-sag,
sniggildy-snaggildy, sniggildy-snag.


Show children a picture of a yacht. Ask if they know what this type of boat
is called. Explain that a yacht is used for racing and for pleasure. Make a
yacht pattern from tagboard. Help the children trace around the pattern on
yellow construction paper. Invite them to cut out their yachts and add
circles for the portholes with black crayon. The children may then want to
paint blue water on a large sheet of white construction paper. When the
paint is dry have the children gule thier yachts on the paper


Invite the children to try yams....their Yummy!! Ask the children if they
have ever eaten sweet potatoes. Explain that sweet potatoes and yams taste
very much alike.

Yum - Yum Yams

2 cans yams Drain the yams, arrange on bottom
of baking
2 apples (peeled/sliced) pan sprayed with Pam. Add a layer of
5 TBSP brown sugar sprinkle the marg. sugar and nuts on
3 Tbsp Margarine Sprinkle nutmeg over top. Bake @350
30 min
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 tsp nutmeg


Make yellow yarn mobiles. Put white glue in an open bowl and invite the
children to dip the yellow yarn in the glue using a popsicle stick to
saturate the yarn completely except for the end the child is holding. Then
have the children arrange the yarn on waxed paper in interesting designs.
Ask children to bend the end of the yarn to use as a hanger and cut off the
end they were holding since it has no glue on it. When the glue is
dry....remove the mobiles from the waxed aper and hang them in a window or
from the ceiling.

Make Yarn Y's. Make a Y pattern from heavy cardboard. Help the kids trace
around the pattern on yellow construction paper. Inivite the children to cut
out their own Y's. Give each child several pieces of yarn in different
colors to cut into small pieces. Give them a small cup of glue and have them
brush glue on the yellow paper Y. Drop pieces of yarn on th glue.

Year and Yesterday

Ask the children how long a year is. Explain that some events only happen
once a year. For example, the children have one birthday each year,
Thanksiving and other holidays only occur once ayear. Encourage the children
to name other events that happen once a year as well. Point out that New
Year's Eve marks the end of a year. Teach the children to say and write the
current year.

Each day as you discuss the calendar, repeat "today is__________" and
"Yesterday was_________"

Yell, Yawn, Yodel

Have a yelling contest. Take the children outside and invite them to yell
"Yippee!" "Yeah!" "Yes!" "Yoo-hoo!" Yesire!" and "Yahoo"! Award a simple
prize to the child who yells the loudest

Have each child pretend to yawn. Ask the kids when they usually yawn. Point
out that yawning may mean they are tired or bored. Encourage the kids to
keep traack of times when they yawn.

Teach the children the yodeling song "Once an Austrian Went Yodling".


Read The Big Yellow Bus Is a Good Friend of Mine. Make yellow books. Have
each child fold a piece of yellow const. paper in half to form a book.
Suggest children cut out pictures from a magazine of yellow items to glue
inside their books.


Other Y Books

Yeh Shen: A Cinderella Story from China....Lonie, Al-ling
Yummers, Too...Marshall, James
You Can't Catch Me..Oppenheim, Joanne
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.... Seuss, Dr
Yuck!.....Stevenson, James

Kim ;D