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BLAST Early Learning
Can You Imagine?

Books:

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Readers can explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book.

 

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.

 

Press Here by Hervé Tullet; [translated by Christopher Franceschelli]

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create
imaginative images.

 

Open-ended Questions for What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?:

·What do you think it means that the scorpion’s tail gives a nasty sting?

·What can you do with your hands? mouth? ears? eyes?
 

Rhyme:

Hello, My Name Is Joe
(Encourage kids to use their imagination and pretend that they work in a button factory)

Hello my name is Joe
And I work in a button factory
I have a house, and a dog, and a family
One day, my boss said to me,
“Hey Joe, are you busy?”
I said, “No”.
He said "Turn the button with one hand."

Repeat above, each time adding a new motion and exchanging the last line with…

·He said “Turn the button with two hands.”
·He said “Turn the button with one foot.”
·He said “Turn the button with two feet.”
·He said "Turn the button with your head."

On the last repeat, say:
One day, my boss said to me, “Hey Joe, are you busy?”
I said, “YES!”

 

Game:

What Do You See?

Print photographs of things that are familiar to the students in your classroom. Then take a piece of cardstock and cut a hole in the center. Place it over the pictures and see if the students can guess what the picture is. Then remove the cover to show the complete photograph.

 

Vocabulary Word:

sting: v. to hurt with a stinger

“If you’re a scorpion, your tail can give a nasty sting.”

(taken from “What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?” by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page)

 

Activities:

Math

Graphing Favorite Books
After reading the different books that use your imagination, make a graph using pictures of the front cover of the books. Let the students decide what book was their favorite and then graph their responses. This is a great way to let the students’ voices be heard about what they liked or didn’t like.

Art/Craft

Fingerprint Pictures
Using washable ink, make several of each child's fingerprints on a blank sheet of paper. Then let the students’ imaginations go and encourage them to turn the fingerprints into animals, people, faces or whatever you can think of. Have several examples done so the kids can see some possibilities.

Science

Be a Scent Detective
Fill plastic film canisters with a cotton ball soaked with a strong liquid scent (vanilla, almond, peppermint, vinegar, etc.)  Number the canisters, and make a list of which scent is in which canister, so you won’t forget which is which.  Talk with the students about the sense of smell and how it helps us.  Pass around one canister at a time until each child has a canister.  Ask them to guess what their smells are.

 

Literature:

Looking Closely along THE SHORE
by Frank Serafini
Readers are first challenged to guess the identity of each close-up photograph. The next page reveals the entire photograph of the plant, animal or natural object.

 

What’s What? A Guessing Game
by Mary Serfozo; illustrated by Keiko Narahashi
Illustrations and rhyming text provide examples of what is soft and hard, warm and cold, wet and dry, long and short, and light and dark and describe how a puppy is all these things at once.

 

Whose Feet Are These? : A Look at Hooves, Paws, and Claws
by Peg Hall; illustrated by Ken Landmark
Examines a variety of animal feet, noting how they look different and function in different ways.

 

The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

An alphabet book in which windows open to reveal the letters hidden within each picture.