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#2903. Down By The Bay Theme

Literature, level: Pre-School
Posted Mon Jul 21 05:12:00 PDT 2003 by Michelle Carson (daycaredirectory@hotmail.com).
Down By The Bay Song Book Unit
The Daycare Resource Connection, USA

"DOWN BY THE BAY THEME":
Books Ideas:
1) Read "Down By The Bay" by Raffi
Down by the Bay (Raffi Songs to Read)
2) Make a "BIG BOOK" classroom project, each child or pairs of children can illustrate a different page. If this is to difficult then the teacher can draw the pictures and children can color, or paint the illustrations.
Charts:
1) Extend book by allowing or help children think of different ideas to add to the book such as "Did you see a cat wearing a hat". Help them along by giving them the animal and see if they can think of a rhyiming phrase to go with it. Write phrases on large chart and illustrate.
Music Activities:
1) Sing "Down By The Bay" by Raffi
Singable Songs for the Very Young: Great... Art Activities:
1) Make a Watermelon: cut out a watermelon shaped wedges from pink construction paper, then cut a strip of green construction paper for the rind and finally cut black paper for the seeds.
2) Paint a Polkdotted Whale: cut large whale pattern out of white construction paper and let children paint with water colors.
Cooking Activities:
1) Make "Fruit Salad": have each child bring in a different fruit, try different exotic fruits such as, kiwi, mango etc.... Allow children to cut up fruit and mix together, eat and enjoy!!
Outside Activity:
1) Have a special "Down By The Bay" Waterplay Day
Special Activity:
1) Have a Special Luau Luncheon: Invite parents to join in, make or buy grass skirts, make Lei's, have the children make some food items and/or let parents bring items too!!. Food item ideas: pigs in a blanket, sausage and pineapple on a stick, pineapple upside down cake, watermelon fruit salad, etc...

DOWN BY THE BAY SONG BOOK UNIT: Includes, Teachers book, Ready to Make Flannel Story & Flash Cards, Reproducible Mini-Book & Worksheets,
pages are printed on card stock, wirebound with clear vinyl cover and black vinyl backing.