T is for Transportation (or V is for Vehicles/G is for Things That Go)

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Today, all of our books will be about different forms of transportation. What is transportation? What forms of transportation can you think of?* There are many in our play space upstairs! [Side to parents about about early literacy value of play]

*If time, play a few vehicle sounds from I Hear Ewe app and ask if kids can identify them

Activity/Guessing Game: "Yellow Duck, Yellow Duck, Are You Behind the [BLUE] Truck?"

Book: Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton
[What form of transportation is "copter" short for? What can a helicopter do that an airplane can't?....NOTE: do helicopter "WHUP WHUP WHUPs together...Who sees the CRANE on this page? What color is it?]

Action Rhyme, seated: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" as below:
Once through at standard tempo--
once SWAY SWAY SWAY your boat because there are big waves
once TWIST TWIST TWIST your boat between the rocks in the rapids
once REALLY QUICKLY, because a crocodile's behind us! 

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin’ Red OR "Drivin' in My Car" by Ralph Covert IF doing In the Driver's Seat as second book

Book: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon (OR In the Driver's Seat by Max Haynes)

Action Rhyme, standing: [Once slow, once fast or in alien/robot voice] "We're Going to the Moon"
Zoom, zoom, zoom---we're going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we'll get there very soon.


Song: "Driving In My Car" by Ralph Covert/Ralph's World from album Ralph's World OR "Green Means Go"  by Draza Jansky--with shaker eggs if possible--if already done "Driving in My Car"

Action Rhyme: (possibly, if time, before sitting back down): "I'm an Airplane" a la Jbrary

Book/Song: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with T. Possibles before opening to children....Tyrannosaurus Rex! Tarantula!]


Alternatives to swap in: 

Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin
McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz
MOO! by David LaRochelle
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Song with Shaker Eggs: "Green Means Go" by Draza Jansky
[Practice going and stopping with shaker eggs first. "We shake and we shake and we STOP. We shake and we shake and we STOP"]

Song with Magnet Board "My Old Blue Truck"
[tune: Mulberry Bush or Wheels on the Bus, roughly]
[magnets, different vehicles with different characteristics:
my new red bike, my small black car]
"My old blue truck goes bumping along, bumping along, bumping along
My old blue truck goes bumping along, all day long...' [switch out vehicles and verbs]