O is for Oh Say! Can You See

O is for Oh Say! Can You SeeSince, it was recently the Fourth of July my daughter and I skipped a bunch of letters and went for the letter “O” as part of her ABC storybook. After watching the parade and reading the story Oh Say! Can You See by D. Clark, we made our own flag.

When I did this lesson with my kindergarten students I sang the song. The art lesson went over really well but my singing not so much. You know you don’t have a strong singing voice when a group of kindergarten students cover their ears. They are definitely honest. If you would like a copy of O is for Oh Say! Can You See and not my singing click here to go to my page on Teachers Pay Teachers.

This is what we did when my daughter made her “O” page.

  • She made the 5 x 5 square with help. I put little dots where she should connect her lines
  • She would say, “Horizontal” while drawing the stripes of the flag
  • She recognized there was a pattern
  • She then told me there are lots of stars on the flag, not just one
  • Then she told me about the stars.

Again, I left in her language and grammar style to keep it to her voice. I have a sneaky feeling that the stars are my daughters who want to play with their friends and the mommy and daddy star are my husband and I. I do let her play with her friends but not at 8 at night. Her story is below.

American FlagGwendolyn’s Story

Flying away.. A bird catches them and a pop star and momma star look for the kids far far away. A little stars come out and play for a little bit. Momma said, “No.” Some little stars wanted to play. And the daddy said, “No” too. That’s important too. And a little star said, “Pretty please,” like those. And do that in summer. Them flew out of the sky and see us. That’s important thing. The stars can begin. They are supposed to be together. It’s important things for them to be together. Then the daddy star said, “Yes, and go play.” Mommy star said, “No.” The End

Happy 4th of July!


Mrs. Berry

A is for Ants

A is for Ants by Gwendolyn Age 4

A is for Ants by Gwendolyn Age 4

Many years ago my first daughter and I worked together to create her own ABC book; where she created the artwork and told stories. Since she was four, I wrote down what she said. I then thought, “Hey would this not be cool if my students made their own ABC book to learn about art.” I’m not going to lie, it was a ton of work with many different volunteers needed to help. However, the results were amazing. Each student walked away with their own book that they created over the entire school year with their own artwork and stories. The whole experience was to introduce students to art terms/techniques, stories, and letters. My lessons also include dancing/movement, counting, science, and songs. If you would like my lesson on “A” click here to go to my page on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I no longer teach elementary art; however, my youngest is four and it is her turn to create her own ABC book. We started with the letter “A”. I don’t have a die cut machine so we used a scrap-booking sticker. It works for her book. We sang the Ants Go Marching song and parts of the insect. She argued with me that I had it wrong; she insists that it goes head, shoulders, knees, and toes. It does not go, head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen. She also questioned about ants climbing trees.

This is what we did when she made her “A” page.Drawing Ants

  • She would say, “Vertical” while gluing vertical strips of paper
  • She would say, “Horizontal while gluing horizontal strips of paper
  • She would say print making while pressing down the different parts of the ant
  • She drew legs and antenna on each ant
  • She then told me a story about ants

I copied down what she said for her story. I did this because I wanted the focus to be on telling the story. I also kept the integrity of her style of language and did not correct her grammar. When I worked with the kindergarten classes each student had a fifth grade buddy that wrote down what the kindergarten student stated. A parent volunteer would also help out.

Gwendolyn’s Story

Ah… it’s for digging on the ground.Ant by Christy Berry It’s for pooping all of the poop out.   It’s they make babies, and babies eggs crack and babies grow and it’s get taller and the scoop comes and there is kids and bugs grow horses squishes all of the things and people love all the other one horses get me out to the cage and this one squishes the ants and this girl all alone with nobody to play because the ants marching all long and they climb the trees, blue and green, and rainbows and then the rain dried up. The End


Mrs. Berry

When I Spy Meets ABC

Image from Grace Dow Library

I found a really cute book for my ABC kindergarten book collection.  The book is called A My Name Is… by Alice Lyne and illustrated by Lynne Cravath.  This ABC book seems simple at first with rhyming words but when you look closer at the pictures there are all sorts of hidden images that starts with those letters.  At the end of the book there is a list for you find on each page.

While reading the book I was thinking whether or not to include book into my collection.  I was hooked when I read the M page.

Here is a marvelous example from the book.

“My name is Maya,

My best friend’s name is Mickey,

We live in Minneapolis,

And we sell martians.

I was hooked with the word “Minneapolis.”  It’s kind of my state, don’t ya know. So of course this book is going into my collection.  There are other reasons like the nifty I Spy aspect and how there is much more to look at when you go back and try to find everything.  The objects are also not irritating impossible to find.  This book is a great to help build vocabulary with kindergarten students.

 Possible Activities to accompany this book

  • Jumping rope while saying the rhyme
  • Creating an ABC page (I haven’t figured out which page to put this with in my project).
  • Having students go home and look for as many objects that start with a particular letter in their home. (parents would need to help write down the objects)
  • Students could create their own alliterations.  Here is a link to worksheet that Read Write Think.org.  The categories are: Names, Places, Animals, and Food/Items.

There is a slight problem with this book.  It’s not available on Amazon; however, you can purchase it from a seller.  The ISBN number is 1-879085-40-2.  I picked mine up at the local library and that one is FREE!

Overall is a cute book not only for the images but for the text as well.  Enjoy checking this book out over the summer for your kindergarten to second grade students.

-Mrs. Berry

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