Popcorn Action Poem
(Children pop up on the word pop)
Pop is how the weasel goes,
Pop means "in the scoot,"
Pop is how you smash a bag,
Or firecrackers shoot.
Pop is how the toast gets up,
Pop is what you drink,
Pop is someone's father too,
But best of all, I think
Poppity, pop, pop, pop,
Filling the pan
Up to the top.
The Purple Cow
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.
I am bird you know quite well.
All dressed in black and white.
And even though I do have wings,
They're not designed for flight.
I waddle, waddle, waddle,
On my funny little feet.
Across the icy snow I go,
To find a fishy treat.
The Polar Bear
The polar bear lives where it snows,
(Flutter fingers downward)
He never gets cold in a storm.
When he swims in the icy water,
(Make swimming movements.)
His heavy white coat keeps him warm.
Cut big P's from construction paper. Let children find "P" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of P.
Have a big bowl of popcorn on hand. Let the children draw trees with branches. Glue popcorn on the branches for blossoms. These are particularly pretty in spring to represent dogwood trees.
Experiment with mixing different colors of paint to make other colors: red and white to make pink, blue and red to make purple, etc.
--Cotton covered with cloth attached to craft stick
--Paper bags stuffed with newpaper
--Pantyhose stretched over a hanger bent into an oval shape
--Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls
Sherry sent in this recipe for puffy
paint. Thanks, Sherry!
Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water in a bowl.
Add pink or purple tempera paint.
Pour the mixture into plastic squeeze bottles.
Show the students how to squeeze the paint onto a heavy piece of
cardboard or heavy paper in lines and dots. Encourage designs and
patterns. Puffy paint hardens when it dries.
Potato Print Patters
An idea for the letter P is to make Potato Print Patters with Paint.
You just simply have potato halves cut into shapes, and different colors of tempra paint.
Have students dip the ends of the potato into the paint and then create a unique pattern with
the colors or shapes or you could have them create a certain type of pattern. EX: AB pattern,
AAB pattern or ABC pattern. Idea from Kristen---Thanks!
Use pretzels for counting activities.
Introduce the penny.
Do a graphing activity on favorite kinds of pie.
Do a graphing activity on favorite kinds of pizza.
Have a unit on the animals in the Arctic, especially the polar bear and the penguin.
Plant a Seed
Wet paper towels and fold into squares. Put in small ziploc bags. Put grass seeds or other seeds in the bags so they can be seen. Close bags and tape to windows so the children can see the seeds sprout.
Unit studies: Pilgrims, plants, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Peter Pan, poison prevention, playground safety, pond life
Show children how to walk like penguins: Hold arms close to their sides, with hands pointing out and legs close together.
When studying "p" my class has a Pajama Day. It is a unique and fun way to learn about the letter Pp. This idea from Kim! Thanks!!
Pin the Nose on the Puppet
The game is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey. You can use a paper plate and have a red construction paper circle to pin on it.
Jan writes, "When learning the letter P, we have a Pizza Pajama Party. We go to the local pizza place wearing our pajamas!" Thanks for the cute idea, Jan!
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
Perfect the Pig by Susan Jeschke Pig Pig Gets a Job by David McPhail Pig Surprise by Ute Krause Pigs from 1 to 10 by Arthur Geisert A Pile of Pigs by Judith Ross Enderie and Stephanie Tessler Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail
Christena writes: "One of my favorite P books, and the children love it too, is Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail. Great rhyming text and it is hilarious as the pigs take over the house. The man in the book does get control; for a while anyway! My copy was a gift from a student as it was the first book she learned to read on her own."
Here are some excellent ideas for P sent to me from Heather! Thanks, Heather!
We just did the letter P and had fun with "Pigs". I cut a large pink P from construction paper and drew pig ears, eyes, nose and a long skinny rectangle for the tail. They colored the pig parts and cut them out and then glued to the P; I showed them how to curl the rectangle around their finger to curl it. We read the 3 Little Pigs and made craft stick puppets of the pigs and construction paper house with, bricks, straw and sticks made from construction paper also. We made pig in the blankets. We counted pigs on a worksheet I made and practiced writing the numbers. I made potato prints of a p, (cut a lower case b), and we painted "p's with potatos with purple paint on pink paper". We made Winnie the Pooh plates using head, arms, legs and a honey pot template, they colored and cut and glued to edge of small plate, Pooh was holding honey pot in middle to made a "Pooh Plate". They enjoyed this letter more than any other so far.
I hope you can use some of these "alphabite" ideas!! If you have any more that I can post here, PLEASE email me with the ideas and your name, using the email icon below or use this form. I will post your idea and give you credit!! Also just write and let me know how you like the ideas and how they can be improved!! Thanks!!