In keeping with the Eric Carle theme, we bounced from the hungry caterpillar to the lonely firefly. While we were reading it, I honestly didn't have anything in mind as far as a lesson plan, but it sure came easily! As we read, I loved the look of the fireworks in the book, so I found some black paper and some oil pastels, and we made the fireworks scene! I loved all the sound effects the boys made as they drew their own fireworks exploding in the night sky!
We talked about the fact that the fireflies come out mostly at night/in the evening and they could be classified as nocturnal (a new word for the littles) and we discussed what other animals would be considered nocturnal (owls, bats, koalas all came up). We talked about how the caterpillar was hungry and the firefly was lonely; then we picked another little critter (a spider) and thought up a problem for it (it lost its' web) and made up a vocal story about our spider and how he searched for his web and what he found along the way. It was a very enjoyable little lesson time!
Also, since today is Leap Year day, we made a jumping theme! I taught the boys to play Leap Frog (a big hit!) and then we talked about some animals that jump/leap/hop: Frogs, rabbits, kangaroos, grasshoppers were the big ones. We ran around the house and collected books about those animals and read them and did many actions to the books--I certainly got a workout from 'flying' in circles (Grasshopper on the Road), jump-roping 100 times (Days with Frog and Toad), Jumping and Running with kids through seasons (Run, Jump, Whiz and Splash), and looking at all sorts of things in The Eye Book (there's a rabbit). We've leaped through the day and enjoyed pretending to be hopping animals. A very fun way to celebrate Leap Year!