Mother’s Day is around the corner and you’re probably looking for books to share with the kids and a little something special that they can make and take home for a special lady in their life.
Here’s a classic book that can be used to talk about moms and build literacy skills at the same time. The accompanying activity can be used at times other than Mothers Day as an extension for the book or as a literacy activity to make a class book.
Mother’s Day Book and Literacy Activity
The skills covered in this activity include:
- listening responsively to a book
- recognizing rhyming words
- using pictures, letters, or words to write
- Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
- “My Mama is…” printable (one per child)
- drawing and writing utensils (crayons, markers, and pencils)
The Book: Is Your Mama a Llama?
Gather the kids together and show them the front of the book, Is Your Mama a Llama. Invite them to describe llamas. Words may include “furry,” “long legs,” and “tall neck.” You may choose to write the list down on chart paper to model writing in front of the kids.
Read the story to the children. Pause before revealing each animal in the story to allow the kids to solve the rhyme clue.
After reading the story, ask the students to orally generate more rhyming words that pair with animals. Here is a list of animals to try.
dog (bog, frog, log) bear (care, fair, chair)
cat (hat, sat, flat) seal (meal, deal, peel)
fish (dish, Trish, squish) skunk (bunk, trunk, junk)
My Mama Is… Activity
Setting Up the Activity
- You will need to print one of the free printables for each child. Download: “My Mama Is” Printable
- Set out a variety of writing utensils such as crayons, markers, and pencils.
This activity can be done during as a whole group activity or with small groups.
Starting the Activity
Ask the kids to brainstorm words that describe what makes their “mamas” special. Invite the children to draw a picture of their moms in the frame. (A frame without the word “mama” is included in the printable.)
Encourage the children to write any words that they brainstormed on their picture. Emerging writers can generate text using invented spelling.
The kids may also color the border around their pictures.
The pictures are now ready to deliver to their mothers.
Variations and Modifications
-Pre-writers can dictate words to an adult to write on their printable sheet.
-Some children may prefer to look at a photograph of their moms as they work.
-The printable includes a frame without the word “Mama” so you can modify it as needed to meet the needs of preschoolers in your classroom.
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