"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Alligators and Crocodiles

We headed to the swamp to find out about cold-blooded crocodilians who require a temperature of at least 80 degrees to survive.

We played in the swamp (green gelatin) filled with crocodiles and other swamp creatures. We used nets to try and catch one. They were scaly and slimy (from hanging out in the swamp) and they have webbed toes to help them swim. It was a super sensory experience!

Alligators spend more time on the land then crocodiles do. We played with alligators on dry land.
 We read Five Little Monkeys Sitting in the Tree by Eileen Christelow
and then we chanted:
Five little monkeys swingin’ in a tree.
(swing arm to side with five fingers hanging down)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me! You can’t catch me!”
(thumbs in ears, wiggle fingers)
Along comes Mr. Crocodile,
(one hand on top of the other, moving as a crocodile)
Quiet as can be…
(finger to lips as in shhhhh)
(clap hands together)
Four little...Three little...Two little…One little…
No little monkeys swingin’ in a tree
(swing arm with fist hanging down)
But here comes Mr. Crocodile as fat as he can be!
(both arms out in front as in “fat”)

We had a "tree" in which to swing like monkeys, but we had to watch out for Mr. Crocodile!
Clothespins painted green, allowed us to exercise our hand and finger muscles as we used them as alligators and crocodiles to catch some food.
We played, "Mr. Crocodile , Can I Cross Your River, Please?". We took turns being Mr. Crocodile. We had to ask permission to jump over his river made with two jump ropes or strips of masking tape. Players asked, "Mr. Crocodile, can I cross your river, please?" "Mr. Crocodile" responded with, "Only if you’re wearing _________ (a certain color)". We had to watch out for our toes!
One of our favorite books of the week was Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra. We especially liked the crocs with "pink mohawks".
We used all kinds of sponges to paint scales on our alligator or crocodile shapes and then wrote stories about them.
My alligator lives in a hole far, far away.
He lives in a river too.
His name is Crocodile Crocodile.
He likes to "squim" and eat and sleep, too.
He eats a lot.
He eats ham
My alligator is a boy.
Mine is a crocodile.
It's a girl.
Her name is Kenzie.
She lives in palm trees.
She climbs palm trees.
She sleeps on palm trees
and lays on palm trees.
She eats grass.
She swims at the swimming pool.

My alligator is a boy.
He lives under grass.
He likes to eat mac and cheese.
He likes to sleep under grass.
He likes to ride bikes!

My alligator eats steak.
She's a girl.
She likes to eat.
She lives in Florida.
Her name is Alligator.

We sang another song about a crocodile:

Oh, she sailed away
(one hand on top of the other, palms down)
on a sunny summer day (make a circle with arms)
On the back of a crocodile
“You see,” said she, (point finger)
“He’s as tame as he can be.
(Pet one hand with the other)
I’ll ride him down the Nile.”
(one hand on top of the other, palms down)
Well the croc winked his eye (wink)
As she bade them all good-bye
Wearing a happy smile (wave good-bye)
At the end of the ride
(one hand on top of the other, palms down)
______________ (child's name) was inside
(turn bottom hand so palm is facing other palm)
and the smile was on the crocodile! Chomp Chomp! (Clap hands)

After we read, The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles,
we played a table game which consisted of rolling a dice and adding crocodile teeth (marshmallows) to a toothless crocodile. As soon as its mouth was filled with teeth, we helped him eat his fish!

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