Activities for Rooster’s Off to See the World & 10 Little Rubber Ducks (Eric Carle Week)
I love these books! They can be used to introduce math concepts and you can work on reading comprehension/retelling. As with all of Eric Carle’s books they are beautifully illustrated and the stories are wonderfully crafted to enchant children.
Circle time activities for the books:
- I usually create a math word poster to introduce math vocabulary to my kiddos before reading the stories. I put words such as more, less, first, next, last and position words first, second, third etc. and have a picture that illustrates each word.
- We make a prediction chart. I show the students the cover and have them predict what will happen in the story.
- Before reading the words we take a picture walk through the book. I turn to each page and have them tell me what is happening on the page. This helps them to better understand the story when they hear it for the first time. It also helps them to form better predictions. After a picture walk we usually go back to our prediction chart and update it.
- For Rooster is off to see the world I have printed, laminated and placed magnetic tape on the back of characters from the book. I give each student an animal and when I read about the animals the rooster met the students with cats, frogs, fish etc. come place their magnets on the white board. When the animals leave I have them come and take the animals back off of the white board. You can find a set of the animals in this PDF: Roosters Off to See the World by bookitprogram.com. For my pre-k kiddos we count the animals as they are added and taken away. We then refer back to math words poster.
- For 10 Little Rubber Ducks I do the same basic thing using rubber duck magnet pieces to get the students up and involved in telling the story. I found a great set of rubber ducks on Kindergarten Nana. We refer to our math words poster and focus position words such as first and second. We also use the ducks to count backwards from ten at the end of the story and to count forwards to 10.
Small Group Activities for these books:
- You could use 4/5 from circle time and do it with small groups.
- You could use printouts to count backwards and forwards with your small group.
- This is an activity from scholastic to go with Rooster’s Off to See the World for older kids but could be adapted to younger audience.
Roster’s Off to See the World Collage:
To create this project I make a rough sketch of a scene from the book and make copies. Don’t worry you don’t have to be a great artist to pull this off all you need is a rough outline. The kids take care of the rest by gluing on small torn pieces of tissue paper in the outlines. For my kiddos I usually take time the day before to ball up little pieces of tissue and have them sorted by color into cups. This makes it easier for them to grasp and to stick on. You will be amazed at how well these turn out. Here is an example I made. For added dimension you could scan the pictures and print them out. This is a modified homage to the way Eric Carle creates his pictures form tissue paper. This activity could be done with any of Carle’s books.
10 Little Rubber Ducks Sponge Painting:
Have your students use finger paint to create an ocean scene. They then sponge 10 rubber ducks on to the paper to create a cute scene from the book. After they are done you can review math vocabulary such as first and second, last etc. while looking at their art work.