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                                                                       Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                                 Weekly Learning Center Ideas
         Items to collect
                                                          Dramatic Play
    •    Rain boots             A Rainy Day - Add rain boots, a rain hat, an
    •    Rain hat               umbrella, a raincoat, and construction paper
    •    Umbrella               puddles to the Dramatic Play area. Encourage
    •    Rain coat
                                the children to pretend it is a rainy day.
    •    Construction paper
                                        Science and Discovery/Sand and Water Play
    •    Colanders              It’s Raining - Let the kids use colanders, strainers, watering cans,
    •    Strainers              funnels, basters, and sifters at the water table. Allow them to
    •    Watering cans          pretend it's raining.
    •    Funnels                                                  Blocks
    •    Sifters                Beep, Beep - Add small matchbox cars to the Block area. Have the
    •    Basters
                                children create ramps, garages, and tracks for the cars.

    •    Matchbox cars
                                                             Manipulatives
                                Clouds and Raindrops - Print the clouds and raindrops from the CD
    •    Crayons                Extras. Color and cut them out. Laminate the pieces for durability.
    •    Scissors               Using a permanent marker program the clouds and raindrops with a
    •    Laminate/contact       practice skill. For example: You could put number words on the
         paper                  clouds and numbers and dots on the raindrops. You could also do
    •    Cloud and rain drop    capital and lowercase letters. When you are finished practicing
         patterns
                                that skill, use fingernail polish remover to take off the permanent
                                marker. Then you can program them with a different practice skill.


                               Science Project
        Items to collect       Make a Rain Gauge - Explain to your children that a rain gauge is
                               a type of instrument that people can use to collect and measure
•       The items to use can   how many inches of rain has fallen. Tell the children that they
        be decided upon by     are going to create their own rain gauge. Ask the children to
        the children           think about what type of container they think would work the
                               best. Once they decide on a container, get them to brainstorm
                               some ideas about how you will set up the gauge so that it
                               doesn’t blow over (some type of holder). Once the children have made
                               decisions, help them to create the gauge (be sure to mark inches on the
                               container). Then, take the gauge and set it up outside. It will need to be
                               in a place where nothing is overhead to obstruct the direction of the rain.
                               Check the gauge periodically, especially after it rains. For a good example
                               of a homemade gauge, check out
                               http://www.sesameworkshop.org/parents/activity/article.php?
                               contentId=27040
                                                Book: Mushroom in the Rain

                      Cooking Activity
    Ingredients                       Whipped-Creamy Clouds
•   Waxed paper
•   Spoons            Give each child a piece of waxed paper and a spoon. Allow
•   Whipped topping   the children to scoop a large spoonful of nondairy whipped
                      topping onto their waxed paper. Then the direct the
                      children to use their spoon to create a cloud shape.
                      Freeze each child's cloud. Once
                      frozen, serve and enjoy!




                      Songs and Poems
                                         Umbrella Song
                                  sung to "I'm A Little Teapot"

                                    Here's my new Umbrella.
                                         Wide and high.
                                It keeps me cozy, warm and dry.
                             If the rain starts falling from the sky
                              Just open me up and you'll stay dry

                                        ~Author Unknown~




                      Other Suggested Readings
*Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
*Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee
*Peter Spier’s Rain by Peter Spier
                                                              Book: Mushroom in the Rain

                                      Shared Reading
Day 1
1. Prior Knowledge – Ask the children if they have ever been
caught in a rainstorm. Encourage the children to share their ideas
and experiences. You may want to record their ideas on chart pa-
per.

2. Introduce the Book - Show the children Mushroom in the Rain.
Introduce the title, author, and illustrator to them. Ask the chil-
dren if they think the book is real/non-fiction or pretend/fiction.

3. Picture Walk - Take the children on a picture walk through the book. Challenge the
children to look carefully at the pictures and to try to figure out what the book is about.

4. Make Predictions - Have the children make predictions about what happens in the book.

5. Read for Fun - Read the entire story to the children to see which predictions were
correct.

Day 2
1. Recall and Review - Hold up Mushroom in the Rain. Ask the children to share what they
remember about the story. Reread for fun.

2. Introduce the Companion Nursery Rhyme - Post the “It’s Raining” poster. Read the title.
Ask if anyone has ever heard of this rhyme If they know it, invite them to say it with you.
If not, encourage them to listen carefully as you read it aloud to them. Ask the children
some comprehension questions:
*Who is snoring?
*Why couldn’t he get up in the morning?
*Why does he want the rain to go away?


Day 3
1. Companion Story - Choose one of the books from the Suggested Reading List. Tell the
students that you have another book to share with them. Go through the Day 1 steps with
the new story. After reading the story, ask the children how the book was like Mushroom in
the Rain (they may need some help to get them started).

2. Review Companion Nursery Rhyme-Reread and discuss the rhyme. Discuss the vocabulary
words “pouring”.
                                                             Book: Mushroom in the Rain

                                    Shared Reading
Day 4
1. Acting Out - Invite the children to act out their favorite parts from the story. Give any
child who wants to act a chance to perform. Encourage them to each choose different parts.

2. Review Companion Nursery Rhyme - Reread and invite the children to snap/clap/stomp to
the rhythm of the rhyme.


Day 5
1. Reread for Fun!

2. My Favorite Part - Encourage each child to share what his favorite part was and why.
Record his response on chart paper. Hang the chart paper up so parents can read their chil-
dren’s answers.

3. Review Companion Nursery Rhyme - Encourage the children to recite the rhyme with you.
        Day 1                                        Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                                Morning Meeting
    Items to collect
                                1. Letter and Number of the Week- Introduce the letter
•   chart paper
                                “S” and review the number “15”. Use the Curriculum Guide
•   markers
•   music
                                for introduction ideas.

                                2. The Weekend News Report- Have the chil-
                                dren tell about something they did over the
    Items to print
                                weekend. Write their news on chart paper.
•   letter and number display
                                Leave a space so that the children can come
    cards
                                back to the chart during centers and illus-
                                trate their sentence.

                                3. Music and Movement-Encourage children to stand up, get
                                moving, and start singing. You can practice the song of the
                                week. Then sing some of your class favorites!




                                Story Time
    Items to collect            1. Follow the Day 1 Shared Reading Schedule.
Day 1                                                      Book: Mushroom in the Rain



                             Small Group – Language Arts
    Items to collect         Shelter - Explain to the children that many animals do not like
•   Pencils                  to be out in the rain so they try to find shelter. Tell the
•   Crayons                  children that “shelter” is something that provides protection
                             and cover from the weather. Ask the children to identify
    Items to print           what the animals used for shelter in the story (mushroom).
•   Shelter activity sheet   Give the children some other examples of shelter (houses for
                             people, birdhouses for birds, etc.). Next, give each child a
                             “Shelter Activity Sheet”. Read over each example of shelter
                             and have the children draw the correct animals in the boxes.




                               Creative Arts (Fine motor)
    Items to collect         1. My Umbrella - Before beginning this activity: Cut umbrella
•   Large pieces of          shapes out of large pieces of construction paper. Give each
    construction paper       child an umbrella shape and some watercolors. Allow them to
•   Scissors                 paint their umbrellas. Set the umbrellas out to dry. Once dry,
•   Watercolors              hang them from the ceiling using fishing wire.
•   Fishing line
•   Pencil/highlighter
                             2. “Rain” Booklet - Give the children the cover of the booklet.
•   Crayons
                             Read the title to them and have them print their names on the
                             line and color it. Next, give the children pages 1 and 2 of the
    Items to print
                             booklet. Read over the pages with them. Challenge the
•   “Rain” booklet - cover
                             children to locate the word “rain” on each page and circle/
    and pages 1 and 2
                             highlight it. Then challenge the children to identify the
                             rhyming words (mushroom, bloom). Allow them to color the
                             pictures.
    Day 2                                      Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                        Morning Meeting
    Items to collect
                        1. Our “S” Chart - Before beginning this activity: Print,
•   Chart paper
                        color and cut out the “S” clipart. Then label a piece of chart
•   Markers
•   Tape
                        paper with “Our S Chart”. Explain to the children that you
•   Scissors            are going to describe something that starts with “S” and
•   Umbrella            that they have to try and guess what you are describing.
                        Begin playing this game. When the object is guessed
    Items to print      correctly, tape (double sided tape) the picture to the chart
•   “S” clip art        and then label it. Do this for each clip art picture. Then
                        challenge the children to think of things that start with “S”
                        that are not already on the chart. As they think of things
                        add them to the chart by drawing a little picture and labeling
                        it. Review the chart throughout the week. You can also have
                        the children take turns circling the “S” at the beginning of
                        each word. Not only is this activity good for letter
                        recognition, but it is also good for vocabulary development.

                        2. Where is the Mushroom? - Use an umbrella to represent
                        the mushroom in the story. Place the “mushroom” in
                        different places in the room. Encourage the children to use
                        positional words to describe the
                        location of the mushroom. For ex-
                        ample: “The mushroom is over the
                        stuffed animals. The mushroom is
                        behind the bookshelf”.




                        Story Time
     Items to collect   1. Follow the Day 2 Shared Reading Schedule.
Day 2                                                         Book: Mushroom in the Rain



                              Small Group – Math
    Items to collect
                              Ordinal Numbers - Before beginning this activity: Print out the
•    Crayons
                              mushroom and animals cut outs. Color and cut them out. Laminate
•    Scissors
•    Laminate/contact
                              for durability. Print the alphabet on a sentence strip. You will need
     paper                    one for each child in the small group. Invite the children to use the
•    Sentence strips          cut outs to model the order in which the animals went under the
                              mushroom. Help them to use ordinal number vocabulary (1st, 2nd,
    Items to print            etc). If the children have trouble remembering, encourage them to
•    Mushroom and animal      use the book to help them. Next, give each student one of the sen-
     cut outs                 tence strips. Challenge them to locate the 1st, 5th, 26th, etc. let-


                              Creative Arts (Fine motor)
                              1. Raindrop Collage - Before beginning this
                              activity: *Print the raindrop pattern onto a
                              piece of white or blue construction paper.
                              You will need one for each child. You will
                              also need to dye some rice blue. Fill small
                              paper cups with glue. Each child will need
                              one. Give each child a raindrop pattern, a
                              cup of glue, a q-tip, and some blue rice.
    Items to collect          Allow the children to use their q-tip to
•    Pencil/highlighter
•    Crayons
                              spread the glue onto their raindrops. Next, have the children
•    Blue colored rice        sprinkle the blue colored rice onto the glue. Allow the raindrop
•    Small paper cups         collages to dry. Then hold the collages over a trash can and gen-
•    Q-tips                   tly shake them. This will knock off any loose rice. Display the
•    Glue
                              collages in the room.
•    White or blue
     construction paper
                              *If you do not have the option of printing on construction paper,
                              you can print the pattern, cut it out, and trace it onto
    Items to print            construction paper.
•    “Rain” Booklet - pages
     3 and 4                  2. “Rain” Booklet - Give the children pages 3 and 4 of the
•    Raindrop pattern         booklet. Read over the pages with them. Challenge the children
                              to locate the word “rain” on each page and circle/highlight it.
                              Then challenge the children to identify the rhyming words
                              (plant, ant). Allow them to color the pictures.
Day 3                                                     Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                                Morning Meeting
    Items to collect
                                1. Our Favorite Rainy Day Activities - Before beginning this
•    Chart paper
                                activity: Make a chart on a piece of paper with “Play in
•    Markers
                                Puddles” in one column, “Watch a Movie” in another column,
                                and “Take a Nap” in the last column (or print graph headers).
    Items to print
•    Graph headers (optional)
                                Title the chart “Our Favorite Rainy Day Activities”. Ask the
•    Small raindrop pattern     children which of these is their favorite rainy day activity.
     (optional)                 Then give each child a post-it note (or raindrop cut out)
                                with their name on it. Allow them to take turns placing their
                                post it notes in the correct column. After each child has
                                placed his answer, count the
                                number of responses in each
                                column. Ask the children to
                                name which choice had the most
                                responses. Discuss the results
                                in terms of “most and least”.
                                *This activity can also be done
                                in a pocket chart.



                                2. Sentence Starters - On a large piece of chart paper
                                write the following sentence starter

                                •   Rain is good because…
                                •   Rain can…
                                •   When it rains you can...

                                Read the sentence starter and encourage each child to
                                respond with a unique answer. Record their answers.




                                Story Time
     Items to collect           1. Follow the Day 3 Shared Reading Schedule.
Day 3                                                    Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                              Small Group – Language Arts
    Items to collect
                                No Mushrooms! - Give the children drawing paper and
•   Drawing paper
                                crayons. Have them draw pictures of another place the
•   crayons
                                animals could have found shelter (if there had not been any
                                mushrooms). Some examples of what they could draw
                                include: trees, hollow logs, doghouse, etc.




                                Creative Arts (Fine motor)
    Items to collect         1. Crazy, Zany Mushrooms - Give each child a mushroom pattern
•   Pencil/highlighter       and some washable markers. Allow the children to design a
•   Crayons                  unique, colorful mushroom. When the children are finished
•   Washable markers
                             designing and coloring, give them each
•   scissors
                             a pair of scissors and direct them to
                             cut out their mushrooms. Display all
    Items to print
                             of the mushrooms on the wall. *You
•   “Rain” Booklet - pages
                             could also display some of the charac-
    5 and 6
•   Mushroom pattern         ter cut outs with the mushrooms, as
                             well.




                             2. “Rain” Booklet - Give the children pages 5 and 6 of the
                             booklet. Read over the pages with them. Challenge the children
                             to locate the word “rain” on each page and circle/highlight it.
                             Then challenge the children to identify the rhyming words
                             (house, mouse). Allow them to color the pictures.
Day 4                                                      Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                              Morning Meeting
    Items to collect
                              1. A Little Play - Before beginning this activity: Print out
•   Crayons
•   Scissors                  the character blacklines. Color and cut them out.
•   Laminate/contact paper     Laminate them for durability. Tape a craft stick on the
•   Tape                      back of each to use as a puppet. Choose a child to be the
•   Craft sticks              mushroom (by holding an umbrella). Choose children to be
•   Umbrella
                              the animals (by holding the puppets). Have the children act
•   Baby/child - sized blue
    socks                     out the story using their props.
•   Small dried beans
•   Hula-hoop                 2. Raindrops Keep Falling - Before beginning this activity:
                              Fill several baby/child - sized, blue socks with small dried
    Items to print            beans. Tie a knot at the top opening. Lay out a hula-hoop on
•   Character blacklines      the floor. Allow the children to take turns trying to toss the
                              “raindrops” (socks) into the “puddle” (hula hoop).




                              Story Time
Items to collect              1. Follow the Day 4 Shared Reading Schedule.
Day 4                                                         Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                                Small Group – Math
    Items to collect           Clouds and Raindrops - Print the clouds and raindrops from the
•    Crayons                   CD Extras. Color and cut them out. Laminate the pieces for
•    Scissors                  durability. Using a permanent marker program the clouds with
•    Laminate/contact pa-      numbers and the raindrops with dots or number words
     per                       (whichever meets the needs of the group). Have the children
•    Permanent marker          take turns matching the raindrops to the correct clouds.

    Items to print
•    Cloud and raindrop
     patterns




                                 Creative Arts (Fine motor)
    Items to collect           1. Mushroom Mural - Give each child a “mural activity sheet”, a
•    Pencil/highlighter        large sheet of construction paper, and crayons. Direct the
•    crayons                   children to draw a large mushroom on the paper. Then allow
•    Scissors                  them to decorate the rest of the paper with more mushrooms,
•    Glue sticks               flowers, rain, clouds, etc. Next, have the children color and
•    Large pieces of con-      cut out the animals from the activity sheet. Give the children
     struction paper
                               glue sticks and allow them to attach the animals to their
                                murals.
    Items to print
•    “Rain” Booklet pages 7-
                               2. “Rain” Booklet - Give the children pages 7 and 8 of the
     8
                               booklet. Read over the pages with them. Challenge the
•    “mural activity sheet”
                               children to locate the word “rain” on each page and circle/
                               highlight it. Then challenge the children to identify the
                               rhyming words (tree, me). Allow them to color the pictures.
Day 5                                                       Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                                Morning Meeting
    Items to collect
                                1. Author’s Chair - Give the children, who would like to
•   “Rain” booklets
                                share, the opportunity to sit in the “Author’s Chair” and read
•   Large pieces of construc-
    tion paper/tin foil
                                their “Mouse Colors” booklets to the class.
•   scissors                    ***For a detailed explanation of “Author’s Chair” please see
                                page 22 of the Curriculum Guide.



                                2. Puddles - Cut puddle shapes out of construction paper or
                                aluminum foil. Lay them out on the floor. Allow the children
                                to take turns jumping over, stomping through, and tiptoeing
                                into them.




                                Story Time
    Items to collect            1. Follow the Day 5 Shared Reading Schedule.
Day 5                                                     Book: Mushroom in the Rain


                             Small Group – Language Arts
    Items to collect
                             Rain Helps - Give each child a “Rain Helps” activity sheet,
•   Glue sticks
                             scissors, a glue stick, and a magazine. Have the children look
•   Old magazines
•   Scissors
                             through the magazine and
                             cut out pictures of things
                             that rain helps to grow
    Items to print
                             (flowers, trees, grass, etc.).
•   “Rain Helps” activity
    sheet                    Next, have the children glue
                             the pictures onto the
                             activity sheet.




                              Creative Arts (Fine motor)
    Items to collect        Spray Bottle Painting - Before beginning this activity: Fill spray
•   Spray bottles                                   bottles with washable powder paint and
•   Washable powder paint                           water. You will want to have several
•   White bed sheet                                 bottles so that the children will have
                                                    several different colors from which to
                                                    choose. Hang up a large white bed sheet
                                                    outside (on a fence or clothesline works
                                                    well). Give the children the spray
                                                    bottles and allow them to spray the
                                                    sheet. Encourage them to use different
                                                    colors and to spray all over the sheet.
                                                    Leave the sheet hanging until it dries.
                                                    Then, hang the sheet in the classroom as
                                                    a mural. When you are ready to take it
                                                    down, you can wash it in a machine with
                                                    hot water and it will come clean.
Use for ordinal numbers activity and
Mushroom Mural
What is your favorite
rainy day activity?

 Play in   Watch a movie
 puddles

             Take a nap
       Rain helps…




____________________.
A     is a shelter for a...   A   is a shelter for a...




A   is a shelter for a...     A   is a shelter for a...
       Rain


 By:_______




Rain on the mushroom.
Rain on the bloom.




Rain on the plant.
 Rain on the ant.




Rain on the house.
Rain on the mouse.




 Rain on the tree.
Rain on me!



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