- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Use a yellow cake mix and make according to package directions. In the bottom of a greased 9 x 12-inch pan, spread pineapple slices with cherries in middle of each one. Pour batter over this and bake as directed.
Thinly slice large round turnips. Cut a small hole in center of each slice. Give one slice to each child and let them spread peanut butter on them. Use carrot sticks for umbrella handles.
- "U" Snacks- unsweetened juices, unusual snacks
There's a family of wrens who live upstairs
Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,
Inside my hat, all cozy in
My hair, my hair, my hair.
I've moved a dozen times and still
They're there, they're there, they're there.
I'd like to get away from them,
But where, but where, but where?
This hat just isn't big enough
To share, to share, to share.
But now I see you're bored and you
Don't care, don't care, don't care
'Bout the wrens who live inside
My hair, my hair, my hair.
- Five Umbrellas
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside, then there were four.
Four umbrellas, pretty as could be
The blue one went outside, then there were three.
Three umbrellas with nothing to do
The green one went outside, then there were two.
Two umbrellas not having much fun
The yellow went outside, then there was one.
Just one umbrella alone in the hall,
The purple one went outside, and that was all!
- The Walking "U"
I have a U that opens so high
I think my U is bigger than I.
Whenever it's raining I walk down the street
And all people see are my two little feet.
I have to peek over or under the brim
To see where I'm going and where I have been
So if you are out in the rain you will see
A walking U and under it's me!
- Cut big U's from construction paper. Let children find "U" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of U.
Cut cardboard egg cartons in half and glue them to a piece of construction paper. Use pipe cleaners for handles. Draw a picture around it. Example: Draw rainboots under the umbrella.
- Michele sent in this great "U" idea.
In my kindergarten class for letter Uu we read the story Underwear by Mary Elise Monsell. It is a cute story about animals who love to wear boxer shorts with all different kinds of things on them. The kids just laugh at the word underwear when you say it. We then design our own "underwear" from a photo copy of a pair of boxer shorts. We then hang them on the clothes line in the hallway for everyone to see our funny decorated underwear.
- In my 4 yr. old preschool class, we draw a picture starting with a wheel of a unicycle.
This is centered on the paper leaving space above and below. Of course, it has pedals and a seat.
Sitting in the seat is their favorite uncle. I talk about and show them how to draw a stick
figure on the seat of the unicycle. They have the option to make clothes they think their
uncle would wear. Of course, the uncle has to balance so his arms are stretched out and he is
holding an umbrella in one hand. They can decorate the umbrella any way they wish. Under the
unicycle, grass is growing. On one side of the paper,there is a clothesline with underwear
hanging on it. There is a sign with an arrow pointing up on it on the other side of the uncle.
When finished, they go back and add flowers to their picture. They seem to really enjoy this activity.
Idea submitted by: Connie. Thanks!
- My kindergartners always love this activity for the letter u:
Copy a sheet of paper for each child with the following heading "Upside-down Under the table drawing". Tape each sheet under a table so that the title will be upside-down when the kids have drawn on it. Kids lay on their backs and draw a picture (could be things that start with Uu) with crayons. They have a great time drawing UP on the under side!
Idea submitted by Lori---Thanks!
- Graph your favorite unusual snacks you had during this unit.
- Over and under, up and down
- Units: universe, United States, unicorns, urban and rural
Pretend to be unicorns, crawling around on hands and feet. Toss heads like horses from side to side and stretch necks up high. Imagine horns on foreheads.
- Under-the-Hat Relay
Give each child a stick of some kind or ruler. Divide the class into two teams and provide a hat for each team. Pass the hat along the line using only the stick or ruler to move it along. The first team to pass the hat down the line and back to first person is the winner.
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book, 2000)
by Hans Christian Anderson and by Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Umbrella by Tara Yashima
Uncle Sam's 200th Birthday Parade by Irwin Shapiro
Unhappy Hippopotamus by Nancy Moore
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!!
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