Read to children Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei to the San Diego Zoo by Joanne Ryder. Talk with children about the baby panda -- how she looked when she was small, how she played, how her mother cared for her, and so on. Next, on an easel pad create a cloze activity to complete with students. Write several incomplete sentences about the baby panda and her mother. Invite students to think about what they learned from the book and to orally complete each sentence.
Record students' responses and encourage children to choose one sentence to illustrate.
Find more activities for early childhood classrooms in these archives:
Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.
Have you subscribed to Sue's free Early Childhood Newsletter? If you have not yet signed up, you're missing out on more fun themed poems and activities. Take a look at Sue's newsletter archive, then sign up today so you don't miss another timely issue of this free newsletter.
Activities by Sue LaBella
Copyright © 2009 Education World