Little Ducks, (Raffi Songs to Read) illustrated by José Aruego and Ariane
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Little Ducks, Raffi Songs to Read is a really wonderful book and popular nursery rhyme and song to learn and practice numbers 1 to 5, subtraction concepts, and color recognition.
Here is a read-out-aloud of the boardbook @ YouTube.
Here is Raffi, the song writer, singing the song @ YouTube.
lesson plan activities
Review and include printable activities addressing alphabet
letter D, duck facts, online jigsaw puzzles and more.
Materials for banner or flannel board
- glue for banner
- craft sticks or drinking straws for hand
- Small pieces of sand paper for flannel board
- Coloring tools
- 1 sheet of construction paper cut lengthwise for banner
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!