G is for Garden/Grow/P is for Plant: 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

Book: Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   OR, if doing PLANT (introduce word as noun AND verb)

Book: Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch (may shorten for length)

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Deciding Activity 
[Have box/bag of different items one can and cannot grow in a garden: shoe, carrot, pop bottle, etc]
We're going to plant a garden [chant as group, slapping thighs rhythmically]
to watch things grow.
Could THIS grow in our garden? [pull out one item and show to group] Yes or no?

Action Rhyme (with or without scarves): "Little Seed"
Little seed in the ground [crouch down],
quiet and still.
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! [jump up]

Song:  Dance, Freeze, Melt by The Learning Groove from their album Rockin' Red

Nonfiction Book (selections): A Seed is the Start by Melissa Stewart

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Book: Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson


Book: Bloom Boom! by April Pulley Sayre

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Action Rhyme: "Five Fat Peas" [version via Anna]
Five fat peas in a peapod pressed (crouch, hold up fist)
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest (pop fingers up)
They grew and they grew and they did not stop (both arms up, slowly stand as you 'grow')

Until one day, the pod went POP! (clap!)

Book [standing]: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "G". Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Gorilla! Garbage Truck! Glasses! ("What are THEY doing in there? They must have fallen off my face! Let's put them back on")

Alternates to add/swap in:

Book: Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

BookThirsty Thursday by Phyllis Root