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BLAST Early Learning
In the City

Books:

City lullaby
City Lullaby
by Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Carll Cneut
A baby in a stroller sleeps listening to loud city noises, from ten horns beeping to two motorbikes roaring, until awakened by the soft chirp of one sparrow.
 
Rotner, Shelley
Senses in the City
See the tall buildings. Hear a train speeding by. Smell the nuts roasting at a street stand. The city stimulates all of our senses in exciting ways. This book is a wonderful discussion and activity starter for children who live in or visit the city, and also ideal for classroom use in studying the five senses.
 

Open-ended Questions for City Lullaby

  • What do you think a city lullaby is?
  • I wonder how the baby's sleeping with all that noise.
  • If you were this baby, what might you think of all the noise?
 

Activity:

What’s in the City?

Show the children photographs of different things — some that can be found in the city, and some that can’t. Tell the kids that when you show them a picture of something that can be found in the city, they should stand up. When it’s something that can’t, they should sit back down.

(Examples: stadium, skyscraper, city bus, sheep, barn, tractor)

 

Rhyme:

The Sounds in the City
The bus in the city goes beep, beep, beep
Beep beep beep, beep beep beep
The bus in the city goes beep, beep, beep
All through the town

The baby in the city goes wah, wah, wah…
The cell phone in the city goes ring, ring, ring…
The elevator in the city goes up, up, up…
The food in the city is yum, yum, yum…

 

Vocabulary Word:

annoying: adj. bothersome

“Ice cream truck jing-a-linging, 9 annoying cell phones ringing.”
(taken from City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer and Carll Cneut)

 

Activities:

Math: Building Sort
Cut out building shapes of different sizes from different colors of paper. Then let the children put them in order of their height. They can also sort them by color or size.

Art: Neighborhood Map
Make a large map of your
neighborhood on butcher block paper. Discuss with the children what
buildings are in your area, and let them draw pictures of the buildings on separate papers. When they’re
finished, they can cut out their pictures and label them. Then you can label the streets, and glue or tape the buildings into the right places.

Science: Senses in the City Scavenger Hunt
Before leaving for a walk, make a list with the children about what sights, sounds, and smells you might find outside. Then take a walk out in the city, or in your neighborhood (depending on where your site is located). Check off all of the things that you do find, and talk about what else you have
noticed with your senses.

 

Literature:

HomeHome

by Jeannie Baker

A wordless picture book that observes the changes in a neighborhood from before a girl is born until she is an adult, as it first decays and then is renewed by the efforts of the residents.

 

Moo in the morningMoo in the Morning

by Barbara Maitland; pictures by Andrew Kulman

Tired of all the loud city noises early in the morning, a mother and child visit a farm, where very different noises greet them when the sun comes up

hot cityHot City
by Barbara Joosse; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Mimi and her little brother Joe escape from home and the city's summer heat to read and dream about princesses and dinosaurs in the cool, quiet library.

black catBlack Cat
by Christopher Myers

A black cat wanders through the streets of a city.