In the Tall Tall Grass

My students loved listening to the book In the Tall Tall Grass. The pictures are great as well as the vocabulary and rhyming words.  I decided this was a book that needed to be read outside in the grass.  So I gave each student a magnifying glass and we headed outside to find the perfect patch of grass.  Once we finished the book, we searched for bugs and other animals that might be hiding out in the grass near us.  My students found spiders, lots of ants, a couple of flies and two lizards. It was so fun listening to them get so excited when they found something.   I wish I had pictures of this but we were too busy exploring.

During centers, the kids made their own tall grass and drew pictures of bugs they would like to find.  First they had to fringe the paper to make grass, then they drew the bugs.  Some wanted to add bug stickers and then they had to complete this sentence that I wrote on top of their paper “In the tall tall grass ______________  saw ______ bugs. ”  They had to write their name and write the number of bugs they had altogether.

In our discovery table the kids got to observe and gently touch some live worms in dirt.  I also added some plastic bugs and a piece of sod for them to look at with magnifying glasses.

Our art project was symmetrical butterflies.  The kids squeezed different colored paint onto a yellow piece of construction paper and then folded the paper in half.  We cut in into a butterfly shape and hot glued it onto a painters stick.   They turned out great and the kids loved flying them around the room.

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Creating the Night Sky

We have started another devotional Bible with the girls.  It is called The Princess in Me Story Book Bible by Sheila Walsh.  We love it!   After reading the stories of creation we decided to create our own night sky.  We got some yellow construction paper and she taped different sized stars and circles to her paper.


Then we mixed purple and blue paint and added glitter.  She covered the entire paper including the stars and circles with paint.


When she was finished we took the stars off.  Ashlyn wanted to add a moon so we cut out a circle from wax paper.  She crumpled it up and smoothed it back out to make it look like the craters on the moon.  She glued it to her night sky.  I forgot to take a picture of it with the moon on it though.


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More Pond Activities

We finally finished up our habitat books at school on Thursday.  Now I just have to put them all together.  The kids worked so hard on them and they look great.  Our last habitat we talked about was ponds.  Here is a page from our book.


  • The kids painted a small cupcake liner green for the turtles shell.  Then they glued it to the cut out turtle pattern.
  • They ripped green paper to look like cattails and added a small brown pom pom.



We read the book IN the Small, Small Pond and then sang the song 5 Green and Speckled frogs and I borrowed this great prop from my friend.  Thanks Riane!   The kids loved it and played with it throughout the day.




I found this great Frog grid game and the kids asked to play it over and over again.  I printed off two copies and had small frog counters.  Each student took turns rolling the die and adding that many frogs to their lily pads.   The first one to fill up their board won.

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Green Wilma

Emily has had to stay home from school the past two days.  She was sad to miss because she knew they were talking about frogs and turtles so I decided to do the same craft that she missed (I teach another 3’s class).

We started by hunting frogs (or toads) in our backyard.  We found two small ones that she and her sister created habitats for. They named them Weenie and Butterfoot.  Then we read the book Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold.  It is such a fun, silly book that is great for rhyming.  I told Emily we should make our own Green Wilma although after I said that I realized I was out of green paint.  So it became a color mixing project too.

  • Emily mixed the colors blue and yellow.  She was so excited to watch them turn to green.


  • Then she painted the back of a paper plate green.


  •  She glued big white eyes and then drew the pupils, nose and mouth with black marker.


  •  Finally, she curled a red piece of paper around a pen to make the tongue.


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Feather Painting

My girls love bird books.  They love to go to the nonfiction section at the library and pick out the kind that identify the different types of birds, you know the books that are like thousands of pages long.  I love that they enjoy these types of books but I also try to get them to check out the kind I can actually read to them.  I found a cute one simply called “Birds”.


As we read it we came to a page that talked about how the sky would look if birds painted with their tail feathers.  So we decided to try and recreate that page by painting with feathers.


I had the girls water color their papers blue first.  Then they picked out what colors they wanted in their skies.  I gave them a different feather for each color, ( I’m very anal about having the colors mix) and they began creating.  They loved it and asked to do more.




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