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BLAST Early Learning
Down on the Farm

Books:

little blue truckLittle Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle; illustrated by Jill McElmurry
A small blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with a little help from his friends.

 

stuck in the mud

Stuck in the Mud
by Jane Clarke; illustrations by Garry Parsons
In this cumulative, rhyming story, a little chick needs help from all his farmyard friends to get out of the mud.



 

Otis by Loren Long
When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help.

Open-ended Questions for Little Blue Truck:

• If you were the little blue truck, would you have helped the big dump truck? Why or why not?

 

Song:

Five Green Apples
Farmer Brown had five green apples hanging on a tree.
Farmer Brown had five green apples hanging on a tree.
Then he plucked one apple and he ate it hungrily leaving four green apples a hanging on a tree.

Farmer Brown had four green apples a-hanging on a tree…
(Continue down to one green apple)

 

Song:

Borrow Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 2 by Peter and Ellen Allard from your library. Listen to “Hay!” and sing along!


 

Vocabulary Word:

budge: v. to move a little bit

“They couldn’t quite budge that heavy load.”

(taken from Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle; illustrated by Jill McElmurry)

 

Activities:

Math
Graphing Farm Animals
Make a graph on chart paper with different farm animals. Ask the children which animal is their favorite. Then record the responses and read the graph together.

Sorting Animals
Take all of the plastic animals in your play area and dump them in a pile. Let the children sort the animals into categories (i.e. jungle animals, pets, farm animals, etc.).

Art

Milk Carton Barn
(from www.everythingpreschool.com)

What You Need: milk carton, paint, and paper or cardboard

What You Do: Cut the milk carton to make doors. Then give the children the milk cartons and let them paint them as a barn. You might want them to do this on paper or cardboard as it can get messy. You can then let the children paint the animals that would go in their barn on a separate sheet of paper.

Science
What Animal Made that Sound
(from www.everythingpreschool.com)

Play various animal sounds from a tape and let your children identify what farm animals make that sound. For further reinforcement have them match the sound with a cutout or figurine of the animal.

Grow Corn
(from www.everythingpreschool.com)
Get dried corn on the cob from a store. Then pluck all of the kernels off of the cob. Next, put the cob into a clear container and wait about one to two weeks. New corn sprouts should begin to form. You can plant this and grow corn.



 

Literature:

Blue Chicken
by Deborah Freedman

An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.


 

Otis and the Tornado
by Loren Long

When a tornado threatens the farm, Otis the tractor must try to save the animals, including the unfriendly bull.



 
click clack moo

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Betsy Lewin

When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn, they start making demands and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

 
chicken littleChicken Little
by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

A retelling of the classic story of Chicken Little, who has an acorn fall on his head and runs in a panic to his friends Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, and Loosey Goosey to tell them the sky is falling.