Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Storytime: Trees

Books


Trees by Lemniscates
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Who Will Plant a Tree? by Jerry Pallotta
A Tree For Me by Nancy Van Laan
Tree by Britta Teckentrup
There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora

I haven't posted in a while so I wanted to at least get one of my backlog of posts up before the end of the month! I did this storytime back in April in honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day. I didn't end up using a flannelboard for this one partially because I didn't have time to make a new one and partially because the other activities I had planned took up a large amount of time. I've started to move away from doing flannelboards for every single storytime theme to give myself some breaks from making them.

For tree themed rhymes and songs click read more!

Songs and Rhymes

Ukulele Action Song: “My Roots Go Down”

Chorus
My roots go down, down to the earth.
My roots go down, down to the earth.
My roots go down, down to the earth.
My roots go down.

Verse:
I  am a birch tree swaying in the breeze.
I am a birch tree swaying in the breeze.
I am a birch tree swaying in the breeze.
My roots go down

Verses: pine tree standing tall, oak tree spreading wide, willow swinging low

Source: Music and original lyrics by Sarah Pirtle modified by me.

I did a whole post about this song along with the chord chart if you would like to play it on the ukulele.



Action Song: “I'm a Tree; I Have Four Needs”
(Tune: Skip to My Lou)

I'm a tree; I have four needs.
I'm a tree; I have four needs.
I'm a tree; I have four needs.
Do you know what they are?

I need lots and lots of sun,
I need lots and lots of sun,
I need lots and lots of sun
To grow big and strong.

I need water now and then,
I need water now and then,
I need water now and then
To grow big and strong.

I need air just like you,
I need air just like you,
I need air just like you
To grow big and strong.

I need soil for my roots,
I need soil for my roots,
I need soil for my roots
To grow big and strong.

Source: The Holiday Zone

Action Rhyme: “A Tree is a Home”

A tree may be a home for bird -- Caw, Caw!
A tree may be a home for squirrel -- Chitter, Chitter!
A tree may be a home for a monkey -- Eee! Eee!
Hmmm.  (Touch finger to chin.)
I wonder if a tree is a good home for boys and girls?

Source: Adapted from The Holiday Zone

Action/Transition Rhyme:

Some trees are thin,
Some trees are tall,
Some trees are wide,
Some trees are small.

Some trees reach high,
Some trees bend low,
All trees are perfect,

No matter how they grow!

Source: Made up by me!

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