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Alphabet > Letter D > D is for Duck

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> Five Little Ducks
Rafi Songs to Read illustrated by José Aruego and Ariane Dewey

Crafts >
*Flannel board characters
*5 Little Duck Puppets or Felt board Characters

Music > Song >
Five Little Ducks

Counting 1 to 5

Holidays and Events >
*March or April > Easter 
*January 5th > Nat'l Bird Day
*May > Mother's Day
*May 5th > Bird Day
*May 12th > Int'l Migratory Birds Day

Seasons > Spring

2 to 6 year olds:
*  This is a really wonderful book and popular song to learn and practice numbers 1 through 5 and color recognition.  Five Little Ducks, Rafi Songs to Read:  Illustrated by José Aruego and Ariane Dewey.

*  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 instead.

*  This activity is appropriate for Spring, Easter or a Mother's day theme.  Any season is a wonderful way to celebrate with a Mommy Duck and her five little ducklings.

Duck Theme lesson plan activities
Review and include printable materials addressing the alphabet letter D, waterfowl bird facts, online jigsaw puzzles and more.

Activity #1:  Easy Duckling Puppets and Flannel Board Characters that support color recognition and counting 1-5

Before reading the story/song prepare flannel board characters to support the activity.

Steps for Flannel Board Characters:
1.  Print this large duck template to make Mommy Duck - print directly on construction paper on any color you prefer (or red as she is illustrated in the book) or print on white - cut around.  If  you wish to preserve and reuse in other activities laminate with transparent Contact paper for durability.  Use dry erase markers to write the letter or numbers on the body depending on the activity.  Tape a small piece of sand paper to the back to 
attach to a felt board.

2.  Print this small duck template  using different colors of construction paper:  yellow, green, orange, blue, pink (these are the colors illustrated in the book) or on focus primary and secondary colors.  Follow the same procedure as for Mommy Duck.  Make sure to write numbers 1 thru 5 on the small ducks.

Steps for Hand-Held Puppets:
1.  Print the smaller duck template  in black and white, assign and print numbers 1 thru 5 and distribute to the children.    
2.  Make color/number teams so two or more children will color the image in a different color and hold the same number, this way and all colors and numbers are represented.  
3. Use crayons, markers or paints.  Cut out the images - older children may be able to practice scissor cutting.  
4. Make sure each team can identify the color and number assigned. Glue or tape decorated image to a craft stick, drinking straw or half of toilet paper tube to hold during the reading & singing.

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 read. 

*Place Mommy Duck and the five little ducks felt board characters in number order on the felt board. 

*As you read the story, ask children from the color team #5 to remove number 5 from the flannel board, when the first duck is "lost," ask the children what color is the little duck that is leaving,  then color team # 4 and so forth, until all 5 ducks are removed.  If the teams are large, then ask the color/number team to stand up and go around in a circle to represent the little duck that is lost, and sit back for the next team to do the same.  Continue to reinforce the number and color of the duck.  If you are conducting the activity with fewer children then the child removes the felt board character and mimics leaving the room and returns.

*At the end of the story, reunite all five ducks 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!  Try singing the song by verse to reinforce one more time.

Ideas for other uses for duck felt board characters
* Use the ducks to decorate at home or childcare or preschool bulletin board  for Easter time and reinforce the numbers.
*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.  Also, you can just tape the images to a door or place in the refrigerator door.
*Make a large handprint cut-outs wreath from all the children and attach the ducks around the wreath, add paper decorated Easter eggs.
*Make a Number Banner:  Glue the Ducks with number 1 thru 5 printed on them to a paper banner (refer to this activity for instructions and ideas), the children can help make the banner.

Letter D Duck lesson plan printable activities

available in D'Nealian and Standard block

* Print this
Large Duck template
once on red construction paper.

Print this Small Duck template
 Make 5 copies in different colors.
Print the same template for children to color and practice numbers (review instructions).

* scissors
* glue (optional)
* craft sticks or drinking straws or toilet paper tubes for puppets.
*Small pieces of sand paper so template can be placed on a flannel board.
*Something to color with: paints, crayons or markers

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