Floating Down the River

I have tubed, jet skied, and sailed down a few different rivers in my lifetime and I have to say that it is not my favorite. But, it has been fun going down memory lane this week as the students and I learned about rivers. Our new theme this month from Mother Goose Time is: Bubbles, Boats, and Floats.

One of our first activities we did this week was make a river with a blanket. We wrote our names on nametags. I mixed up the nametags. I called each student’s name one at a time. It they were out of the river, they jumped in. If they were in the river, they jumped out when I called their name. The students thought it was really fun to pretend to swim in the river. There was so much laughing going on! Who knew that jumping in and out of a pretend river could be so fun? I love pretending with my students.

We kept our river up for the next activity because we were having so much fun. We played a matching game. I put one set of cards on the left side of the river and the other set on the right. The students picked one card from the left and one from the right. If they found a match, their river creatures got to go swim in the river together.

We learned about many creatures that live in rivers. Our favorite, and also quite possibly the scariest animal that we learned about was an alligator. All of the activities we did for alligator day were my favorite because the students were truly learning through play.

I made an alligator with a box and white triangles for the teeth. The students took turns picking a letter card. They had to identify the letter, write the letter on a scrap piece of paper, and feed their letter to the alligator. The students had a blast pretending they were feeding a real alligator. A few of them did not want to get too close to the teeth. So, they would crumple up their paper and try to throw it in the alligator’s mouth. A few others really wanted to take off an alligator tooth and keep it for good luck.

I learned something new as well this week about alligators. I didn’t know they had 80 teeth at one time, and I also didn’t know that in a lifetime they can have up to 3000 teeth! I didn’t know they lost their teeth so much. We rolled out play dough and stuck golf tees in the play dough. We pretended that the play dough was an alligator’s mouth and the tees were his teeth. The students took turns counting how many tees were in the alligator’s mouth. Then, we pretended that the alligator lost a tooth! We made up stories as to why our alligator lost his tooth. My students were not the best at making up a story. They all pretty much told the same story that I used as an example. I should have given them multiple examples, or no example at all. I feel like they could have told some pretty great stories if I wouldn’t have gotten my story in their heads first. Oh well. It was still a very fun activity.

Next week, we are going to learn about lakes.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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