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Themes

 Instructions and Suggestions

Materials 

Alphabet > Letter H > House, Home and Heart

Books > The Shape of Things

Community Helpers > The Librarian

Crafts > Shapes > Bookmarks > HomesU.S.A. Patriotic Home Bookmark Craft

Colors >  Patriotic colors > Red, blue, white

Numbers > Counting, Sizing & Sorting

Holidays & EventsU.S.A. Patriotic Holidays


 

2.5 to 6 years old
Objectives >
*  This activity will help children learn shapes, U.S.A. patriotic colors and how shapes create things.
* The craft and activities can focus on a United States patriotic holiday, and character education focusing on citizenship theme.
*  Present or reinforce letter H is for House, Home and Hearts all featured in the bookmark craft. 
*  Foster a love for reading and caring for books, and to celebrate various literacy related events listed in the holidays and events index.
*  Discuss the role of the community helper > The Librarian and the importance of our national, public and school libraries.  Libraries are special homes for books, and other types of information.
*  Children can also make this bookmark as a gift.

Review and select educational themes to discuss prior and during the bookmark assembly:

Activity: Visual Arts and Literacy > Book Activity:  The Shape of Things author Dayle Ann Doods,
Illustrated by Julie Lacome 
Refer to this related book activity to present how shapes form things.  It is the perfect companion to presenting the shapes concept used for assembling the bookmark craft below.  Tell the children they will make a a special bookmark shaped like a house made of shapes.

Instead of the book mentioned above include a patriotic theme holiday book or online story.  Tell the children they will make a special bookmark to use for their favorite books or to make as a gift.

Activity > Books > Reading > What is a bookmark and how to use it >
There are two bookmark texts to select from. Select and discuss the text and the importance of reading.  Engage the children in a dialogue about what books they enjoy the most and how a bookmark is used.

Activity > Citizenship > The bookmark craft is a vehicle to emphasize on the importance of reading to be informed and efficient citizens.  The design of the bookmark is that of a home, representing our country and communities unified and indivisible.  Tell the children that reading and learning about our country, understanding our national symbols, history and current events is important to be a good citizens.   We can read and discuss the patriotic holiday or biographies of notable Americans and folkloric legends that have been models of good citizenship.

Activity > Community helpers > The Librarian | My Neighborhood > Our libraries >  
Visit Ben Franklin to find out about what does a librarian does and the importance of libraries in our neighborhood.  Learn more about what a librarian does.

Activity:  Alphabet Activities > H is for Home | Home | Heart
This is an opportunity to present letter H is for House | Home or Hearts (featured in the craft). 

Activity:   U.S.A. Patriotic Shapes Home Bookmark Craft and learning activities:
*  Print your choice of bookmark template - two text selections and refer to learning activities.

Option #1 - Text:  I love to read about my home USA 
*Color Version       *Black & White
       
Option #2 - Text:  Home is the USA  
*Color Version       *Black & White
*Instructions Page
 
*  The color version is ideal for young children ages 5 and under to emphasizes on shapes, color recognition and following a set of instructions during the assembly.  
*The black and white version is appropriate for older children that are emergent readers and writers.  It allows for more creativity to decorate, and color with fine markers or coloring pencils.  Most of the non-text template pieces can be used to trace over a variety of scraps of paper materials, or they can write original text.  Instruct children to use the patriotic colors.

Print or read the assembly instructions.
    
Decorate the bookmark further with holiday stampers, sticker and laminate for durability. 

Shapes & Color Activity:

1.  Identify all shapes for all pieces on the template:  bookmark & door (rectangles), the hearts, the roof (triangles).   Discuss the colors, on the template (red, blue and white, the color in the national flag).

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing:  Have the children sort the shapes by size.  Have the children arrange the sorted shapes from smallest to largest. 

2. Counting:  Count how many shapes in each pile/size.  You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

Alphabet Activity:  Letter H Reinforcement
1.  Again find the letter H's in the text of the bookmark:  home & hearts.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Make a demonstration of the procedure for assembly.  Refer to instructions page.

Making Homes / Houses
*Set wooden blocks, Lego blocks for children to make houses.  
*After the children have completed their house ask them to describe them:  the colors, the shapes and anything they may want to express about their creations.



Option 1: Text: I love to read about my home USA
*Color
*Black & White
       
Option 2: Text: Home is the USA
*Color
*Black & White


Alphabet Letter H Home Lesson Plan Printable Activities

 
Assembly Instructions

* two pieces of white paper, card stock is better.
* scissors
* crayons, markers
* scissors
* Read instructions for optional materials to use

* Include a book about shapes or a related holiday  before starting the craft. 

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