I teach a Family Story time class for
families and their Pre-K children. Each class we do activities,
crafts, and a circle time related to a book, author, or illustrator. I
would like to do the classic book "Goodnight Moon" by
Margaret Wise Brown, but I'm having trouble coming up with enough
ideas to fill out my lesson plan. Help!
Cut out moon shape, ex. full moon, half, so on, have the children glue
them on black paper or you could even have the children finger paint
them with yellow and blue let the children use their imaginations and
experiment with colors.
I wish you luck.
This is a wonderful story. You
could fingerpaint a yellow moon. You could use any of the
objects mentioned in the story and do a fingerplay. There are a
few colors mentioned too. It is a quiet type book so quiet
activities would keep the mood related to the story. You could
relate to nightime with your activities. Maybe sequence
activities to prepare for bed. Make a paper quilt. Or a
real one depending on how much you do at your program. You could
I work with children 2-5. We are
also doing a two week plan on this story. So far, we have
thought about what sleeps (animate vs. inanimate), what animals we see
at night (nocturnal), creating a great green room box with all of the
pieces from the story, making twinkle stars, stamping/ stenciling/ collage/
stickers/ drawing stars and moons, astronauts, space travel,
spaceships, bedtime routines, coloring VanGogh's Starry night, sorting
colors, numbers, shapes, white chalk on black paper, cows jumping over
the moon, playing with mittens, a touch table or snack activity of
Mush, practicing the articulation of "sh",
using bowls and spoons, brushes and combs, dark and light. Based
on the developmental level of the children I will modify the projects
from scribbling to charting things we see in the day vs the night.
It seems unlimited...but I understand the initial block at
You could do a story retell. Make
flannel board pieces of each thing the bunny says good night to.
Give ach child a piece to bring up when you read it in the story.