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#1086. "O" Letter Ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Fri May 14 08:49:57 PDT 1999 by Early Childhood Mailring ().
Concepts Taught: "O" letter activities

O ideas from the ring

* Glue O shaped cereal onto O shape
* Count O shaped cereal
* Glue O shaped cereal onto large number shape
* Give each student a workmat/grid containing numbers you're working on and
have them glue on that many O shaped cereal EX. 3 ooo
* Have students cut Os from magazines and glue onto paper. See who found the
most
* Use shaving cream to make Os
* Use hole reinforcers for activities
* Eat olives
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Activity O
Make an octopus. Cut out or draw pictures of things that start with the
letter "O". Cut a circle out of construction paper. Glue eight pipe cleaners
to the back of the circle to make legs. Then glue the back of the circle to
a background sheet of paper. Glue the "O" pictures to the end of the pipe
cleaner legs. Twist and arrange the legs as desired.

Letter Bags
Create a Ziploc bag for each letter. Each day send the bag home with a
child. Instruct the parents to search for things in their house that start
with that letter. Each day the bag goes home with a different child--getting
fuller every day. Add the stuff to a letter tubs. This way the children can
always bring out the letter material.

O Necklaces
Have the children string Cheerios on yarn or string. Be sure you knot the one
end before they start stringing their necklace to prevent the O's from falling
off.

O Button Pictures
Give each child a handful of buttons or O-shaped cereal to glue to a paper in
the shape of an O. Encourage the children to use their imaginations to create
a picture around the O, using the letter as part of the design. Example, the
outline of a face.

Duck, Duck, Goose
Sit in a circle (the letter O) and play the game of Duck, Duck, Goose.

Boiled Octopus
Take a hot dog and cut a + from each end towards the center. DO NOT cut
completely to the center. Place the cut hot dog into boiling water for a
minute or two and the ends will curl up and the hot dog will resemble an
Octopus.

O: Over/under, out/in: it's time to explore opposites. Hap Palmer's
"Circle Game" contains many opposites.

We had a taste test of olives - and graphed our results. I usually do 'O' in
October and we study owls and bats. This is a way of getting around
Halloween. You can also do open/close. Its a good time to practice those
little fine motor skills - opening things - thermos, ziplock bags, Rubbermaid
boxes, things that zip, buckle, button, etc.
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Letter O

O
Open, shut them
open shut them open shut them
give a little clap
open shut them, open, shut them
lay them in your lap
creep them creep them creep them creep them
right up to your chin
open wide your little mouth
but do not let them in

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Activity O
Make an octopus. Cut out or draw pictures of things that start with the
letter "O". Cut a circle out of construction paper. Glue eight pipe cleaners
to the back of the circle to make legs. Then glue the back of the circle to
a background sheet of paper. Glue the "O" pictures to the end of the pipe
cleaner legs. Twist and arrange the legs as desired.

Boiled Octopus
Take a hot dog and cut a + from each end towards the center. DO NOT cut
completely to the center. Place the cut hot dog into boiling water for a
minute or two and the ends will curl up and the hot dog will resemble an
Octopus.

From: KimzDC@aol.com
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O...octopus, of course!

trace kid's hands (minus thumbs) to get an octopus shape...use bingo marker
paint for "suckers"

a GREAT song is "Olly Octopus" from the book "The Amazing Alphabet Puppets"
by creative teaching press. i used it in my end of the year recital last year
and it brought the house down!

Olly Octopus
(Beatles tune: She Loves You)

(chorus)
he's olly, yeah, yeah, yeah!
he's olly, yeah, yeah, yeah!
with an octopus,
you know you have eight legs.

(verse)
i met an octopus,
and i was feeling great.
i counted all his legs,
and i found that there were eight.
(chorus)

(verse)
he has those eight legs,
and you know that can't be bad!
he has those eight legs,
and you know he's really glad!
(chorus)

i collected a bunch of those "maracas" with glittery streamers that are
given out at bar/bat mitzvahs (probably in oriental press catalog). kids
shook them for the chorus and held behind their backs for the verses. this
one's a definite "shoe-in" for this year's recital!

janet/spedK/nj
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O: OIL
SHOW:
Put some water in a glass. Add some cooking oil. What happens to the oil?
Ask the class if they can figure it out.
IDEAS:
The oil floats on top of the water because of two basic characteristics.
First, Oil is less dense than water. Second, oil does not mix with water.
It
is possible to disperse oil in water for a short time by shaking the mixture
vigorously. When the shaking stops,
however, the oil runs together and floats back to the top.

Sandy
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* Read "My Very Own Octopus" by Bernard Most
* Cut out pictures of things that are orange, glue to orange paper
*Draw and oval on a paper. Have children turn it into an "Outstanding
________"
*Handprint octopus - paint palm and fingers (not thumb) and press onto
paper. Repeat, placing fingers so they look like octopus legs. When
dry, add wiggle eyes and drawn in mouth.
*Study the ocean
*Turn the writing center or dramatic play area into an office. Use old
envelopes, different colors and sizes of paper, stapler, date stamp,
telephone, typewriter, etc.
*Squeeze oranges to make orange juice. Compare taste to frozen oj, and
refrigerated oj. Graph favorite taste.
*Use a cut orange and cut onion to print. Use orange paint.
*Put uncooked oatmeal in the sensory tub.
*Set up and obstacle course in the gym. Divide into teams and run the
obstacle course.
*Sing "Old MacDonald"
* Use pictures of opposites to play lotto or a game of concentration.
Barb
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O...octopus, of course!

trace kid's hands (minus thumbs) to get an octopus shape...use bingo marker
paint for "suckers"

a GREAT song is "Olly Octopus" from the book "The Amazing Alphabet Puppets"
by creative teaching press (CTP2392). i used it in my end of the year recital
last year and it brought the house down!

Olly Octopus
(Beatles tune: She Loves You)

(chorus)
he's olly, yeah, yeah, yeah!
he's olly, yeah, yeah, yeah!
with an octopus,
you know you have eight legs.

(verse)
i met an octopus,
and i was feeling great.
i counted all his legs,
and i found that there were eight.
(chorus)

(verse)
he has those eight legs,
and you know that can't be bad!
he has those eight legs,
and you know he's really glad!
(chorus)

i collected a bunch of those "maracas" with glittery streamers that are
given out at bar/bat mitzvahs (probably in oriental press catalog). kids
shook them for the chorus and held at their sides for the verses. this one's
a definite "shoe-in" for this year's recital!
janet/spedK/nj
holland@edmail.com
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Activity O
Make an octopus. Cut out or draw pictures of things that start with the
letter "O". Cut a circle out of construction paper. Glue eight pipe cleaners
to the back of the circle to make legs. Then glue the back of the circle to
a background sheet of paper. Glue the "O" pictures to the end of the pipe
cleaner legs. Twist and arrange the legs as desired.

O: Over/under, out/in: it's time to explore opposites. Hap Palmer's
"Circle Game" contains many opposites.

O Necklaces
Have the children string Cheerios on yarn or string. Be sure you knot the one
end before they start stringing their necklace to prevent the O's from
falling off.

O Button Pictures
Give each child a handful of buttons or O-shaped cereal to glue to a paper in
the shape of an O. Encourage the children to use their imaginations to create
a picture around the O, using the letter as part of the design. Example, the
outline of a face.

Duck, Duck, Goose
Sit in a circle (the letter O) and play the game of Duck, Duck, Goose.

Boiled Octopus
Take a hot dog and cut a + from each end towards the center. DO NOT cut
completely to the center. Place the cut hot dog into boiling water for a
minute or two and the ends will curl up and the hot dog will resemble an
Octopus.


Kim ;D
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rom: MAIDFORALL
To: Farrm

I got a really cute idea at a workshop I went to last week. It was how to
make octopus stew. I made it with my own children and they loved it. I WILL
make it with my kids at school when I do my Ocean unit. I hope you can
understand these directions.
1 hot dog wiener for each child
Cut the wiener half way up in eight slices (legs)
Put them in a crackpot.
The "legs" will curl up and the "head" will get bigger.
They really do look them. (octopus)
If you have any questions just let me know. I'll try to explain it better.
Amy (maidforall)
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From: Cubzrock23
To: Farrm

Amy had given the recipe for Octopus stew. If you take a small straw and
poke 2 holes in the side of the hot dog that was not cut for the legs, they
will have 2 gooley eyes as well as the curly legs! :)
Darlene (Cubzrock23)
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O activities
Octopus in the Ocean - Provide a margarine tub for each child to use as the
body of an octopus. Have them cut out 8 legs and tape or glue them to the
lid of the margarine container. Direct the children to fit the lid on the
upside down tub. Have them use markers to add eyes, mouths, and other
features.

Octopus Stories - Ask the children to draw pictures of an octopus having
adventures in the ocean. Have them tell you a story, and write it down for
them. Have them find the O's in their narratives and trace them with an
orange crayon

O Number Book - Show the children how to make a special counting book during
Oo week. Provide 10 small sheets of paper stapled together and a container
of ring macaroni for Os for each child. On the first page, have them write 1
and glue on one macaroni. On the second page, have them write 2 and glue two
on, and so on. Let them make covers for their books if desired.

O Movements - Play music and have the children move like ostriches, owls,
octopuses, oxen, and otters. Let them make the sound of O as they move.

From: bonnie@multimedic.com
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Octopus in the Oceans
Ocean sites
http://www.seaworld.org/
http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow8/dec98/main.html
http://www.seaworld.org/Songs/songs.html
http://viking.stark.k12.oh.us/~greentown/ocean/ocean.htm

http://atozteacherstuff.com/themes/ocean.html

http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Ocean.htm

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/searchkids.pl?searchtype=all&keywords=oceanography&title=Oceanography