This is my second blog post about Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton.
Here is a snippet of Blog Post 1:
This story is written in an add-on format which helps early learners with sequencing of stories. As the story adds animals that join frog at the party in the pool, each has his/her own action including dancing, flapping, wiggling and stamping! There are many types of sentences for teachers to take apart and explore with students as well helping cue for expressive voices.
The illustrations in this book are superbly eye-catching and colorful. The text is full of sight words and also rhyming words. There is repetition,
"Down by the pool in the cool of the day, frog cried, 'Wheeeeee! Can you dance like me?"I love the wonderful beat to this text! Yeah Tony Mitton!
Tony Mitton's book page is at the following link:
As part of our Kindergarten Ecosystem unit, I made a few activities for our teachers including sequence cards, picture/word cards, a verb header for an anchor chart and the words that match each character such as "Wheeee!" that matches with the frog.
These turned out so well and are a developmentally appropriate way to introduce the nature of words. I can't wait to hear how the kids acted out these words!
The song, Animal Action by Greg and Steve goes beautifully with this unit!