Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
- FREE printable books: 10 Little Ducks (3 versions)
- FREE printable duck counters
- FREE printable book: I See a Nest
- Puppet Show: 5 Little Ducks
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Why we love this book:
I first introduced the 10 Little Rubber Ducks last year. Thanks to Miss Enigma we are revisiting today. At the beginning of the book is the news article that inspired Eric Carle to write the story of the 10 Little Rubber Ducks, ” . . . a shipment of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys, including ducks . . . fell overboard from a container ship.” What an excellent example of the writing process for children to learn how ideas for stories begin. This would even be a good lesson for teenage students. They can clip a news article and write a fictional story inspired by the article.
As always, Eric Carle fills the pages of the book with nonfiction concepts. This time around, the 10 Little Rubber Ducks teach us ordinal numbers: first, second, third . . . . Spacial vocabulary is also introduced: west, east, north, south, left, right, up, down . . . . The story gives the children the opportunity to get-up and act-out the story. This makes an easy little Reader’s Theater with rubber ducks and ocean animals moving left, right, up, down . . . .
Sunday night Miss Enigma presented me with a gift. A little yellow duck she had drawn, colored and cut-out.
Monday morning she announced that for homeschool she was going to preform a puppet show about The Five Little Ducks.
Next thing I knew, she was in our homeschool closet digging through her board books.
- “I found it! I found the Five Little Ducks.”
- On the spot, I decided this would be a homeschool day where I followed Miss Enigma’s lead.
- After calendar time, I read aloud The Five Little Ducks and The 10 Little Rubber Ducks.
- With spring and Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share Miss Enigma’s duck day.
About this time last year I was preparing for my teacher training trip to Cambodia. The 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle was one of the books I purchased for the teachers. I also made a simple printable book for the Cambodian teachers.
Today was the day! I incorporated 10 Little Rubber Ducks and the printable counting book into Miss Enigma’s school day.
I created several versions of the printable 10 Little Ducks book. Some easier than others. Some more focused on reading and some more focused on counting.
Print this book FREE: 10 Little Ducks blank
Print this book FREE: 10 Little Ducks illustrated
Print this book FREE: 10 Little Ducks Drifting Away expanded text
Print these counters FREE: 10 Little Duck Counters
- Miss Enigma used the Little Duck counters to illustrate her 10 Little Ducks book. Much easier than drawing all of those ducks on each page!
- These Little Duck counters can also be used to act out the 10 Little Rubber Ducks or The Five Little Ducks, subtracting one duck each time.
- These Little Duck counters can also be used to make a Five Little Ducks book.
- The Little Ducks can also be turned into quick finger puppets.
Wonderful! Lovely! Adorable teachers in Cambodia.
- The teachers in Cambodia made simple little ducks out of paper plates.
- They made the feathers by tearing scrapes of yellow paper and the beaks by cutting out orange triangles.
- They had fun acting out the story 10 Little Rubber Ducks.
- I miss these sweet teachers.
Meanwhile, back in the States . . .
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the duck recital. It is called The Five Little Ducks.”
- This was Miss Enigma’s introduction to her puppet show.
- She invited her brother to join in on the making of the puppets and the presentation.
The two worked together to create a puppet theater using Miss Enigma’s Build and Play Construction pieces and an old sheet.
- Later this week I’ll tell you more about the Build and Play Construction pieces.
- This puppet show was all them! Mommy did not oversee the show.
For guided reading instruction, I printed our FREE printable book I See a Nest.
- Print this book FREE: I See a Nest
I always say teaching and especially homeschooling is about being flexible. I have to admit, some days I’m more flexible than others. I try to strike a balance between following our daily schedule, building a strong foundation and letting the children follow their own interests. I’m happy I took the time to let Miss Enigma plan her duck day!
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
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Are you an organized planner or do you like to go with the flow? How do you strike a balance? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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