J is for Jungle: Storytime Plan

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..."

Letter of the Day

Talk: "Who Lives in the Jungle?" [Show photos of animals on iPad--ask group to identify whether they live in the jungle: tiger, moose, python, tapir, penguin, macaw]

Book: Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen [Have audience say, "I'm going to catch that fly!" and do actions along with animals (seated)--TRAMP CRUSH TRAMP, ROLL SQUASH ROLL, SWOOP SNATCH SWOOP and "fly" with their fingers on "off flies the fly"]


Book: Look Out, Ladybug! by Jack Tickle [Practice "Look out, Ladybug!" and animal sounds (snip snap hands like jaws for alligator first. Ask about vocabulary words--trunk, fingerprint, etc--throughout while reading] 

Action Rhyme: "Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree" 

Verbs [standing]: Before our first song, let's all do some things together that start with J. We can JUMP. We can JIGGLE LIKE JELLO. We can JOG in place. We can JUGGLE...

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin’ Red

Action Rhyme: "One Little Crocodile" 

One little crocodile swimming through the SWAMP, [swimming action]
looking around for something he can CHOMP ["looking around" action, clap on CHOMP]
He SNAPS at a frog,
but the frog gets away [hold hands out, palms up, shrug]
and the crocodile goes home hungry that day. [rub belly to indicate hunger]

He SNAPS at a turtle...he SNAPS at a fish...

One little crocodile out in the SWAMP,
looking around to see what he can CHOMP,
he SNAPS and he SNAPS but he doesn't catch a thing,
so he has to get his dinner from Burger King.

Book [standing]: What to Do if an Elephant Stands on your Foot by Michelle Robinson


Book: It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle [Kids standing. Have grownups say "It's a tiger!" each time]

Song: "Snake in the Grass" by Mr. Jon and Friends/"Matilda the Gorilla" by same

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "J". Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Jellyfish! Jedi warriors! Jumping beans!