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(Raffi Songs to Read) illustrated by José Aruego and Ariane
*Flannel board characters
*5 Little Duck puppets
*Vertical number banner
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Five Little Ducks
Counting 1 to 5
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to 6 year olds:
Little Ducks, Raffi Songs to Read is a really wonderful book and popular song to learn and practice
numbers 1 to 5, subtraction concepts, and color recognition.
If you cannot obtain the book, here is a link to the song's
text and music! Print and use background music for the activity.
Any season is a wonderful way to celebrate with a Mommy Duck and
her five little ducklings.
lesson plan activities
Review and include printable activities addressing the alphabet
letter D, duck facts, online jigsaw puzzles and more.
Activity 1: Flannel board or banner activity > color recognition
and counting 1-5
Before reading the story and song prepare the materials for a
banner or flannel board activity.
Steps for flannel board character cards and craft-stick
1. For display, print color template, cut along solid lines.
2. For children:
Ages 4 and under: Print color version, cut out, and attach
cards to craft sticks for hand puppets or make the banner
suggested, instructions below.
Ages 4+: Print coloring format.
Instruct to color using the same colors as the book or select
primary and secondary colors, identify the numerals. Practice scissor cutting or help as needed.
Suggested presentation procedure: Color &
Number Practice 1 thru 5 Activity, Music
Read the story from the book or print the
song from the link provided and sing.
Place Mommy Duck and the five little ducks (ducklings) felt board characters in
number order on the felt board.
As you read the story, remove number
5 from the flannel board, when the
first duck is "lost," ask the children what color is the
little duck that is left, and so forth, until all five ducks
are removed. Continue to reinforce the number
and color of the ducklings.
For older children, discuss subtraction concepts and write simple
"5 ducks minus 1 duck equals 4 ducks."
At the end of the story, reunite all five
ducklings on the flannel board or
hold all ducks together. Have all the children cheer and
hold up their puppets to celebrate the duck family is reunited!
Make a vertical banner:
Materials: The character
cards, 1 piece of construction paper, cut in half lengthwise and
Attach title header first, Mama Duck, and ducks in number order
Make a simple mobile using a paper towel tube,
cover with construction paper, use some string or leftover ribbon
of different lengths and hang in your child's play area
by a window where your child can see it.
* glue (optional)
* craft sticks or drinking straws for
*Small pieces of sand paper for flannel board.
*Something to color with: crayons or markers
*1 sheet of construction paper cut lengthwise for banner.