O for Opposites Storytime

O for Oppposites Storytime Lesson Plan



Animal Opposites: A Pop Up Book by Petr Horacek, Candlewick, 2013.

A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009

Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2007.

Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer, Barefoot Books, 2011

Opposnakes: A Lift the Flap Book About Opposites by Salina Loon, Little Simon, 2009.

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Box, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004.


"Wiggy Wiggy Wiggles" by Hap Palmer. Sally the Swinging Snake (2:29)

Fingerplays/Action Rhymes

"Up Down Turn Around" Jbary accessed 9/28/2015

Up, down, turn around
Touch the sky and touch the ground
Wiggle fingers, wiggle toes
Wiggle shoulders, say hello!

Up, down, turn around
Touch the sky and touch the ground
Pat your belly, blink your eyes
Blow a kiss and say goodbye

"This is Big Big Big" Jbrary, accessed 9/28/2015

This is big big big  [make big circle with hands]
This is small small small [make smaller circle with hands]
This is short short short [use to hands to show short]
This is tall tall tall [move hands to show tall]
This is fast fast fast [roll hands fast]
This is slow slow slow [roll hands slow]
This is yes yes yes [nod head yes]
This is no no no [shake head no]

 "Eyes Open, Eyes Closed" credit: Never Shushed Blog, accessed 9/28/2015
Eyes open, Eyes closed
Wiggle your fingers, Wiggle your nose
Thumbs up, Thumbs down
Make a smile, Make a frown
Wiggle, clap, Wiggle, snap
Let your hands fly right to your lap

"Two Little Black Birds", Jbrary, accessed 9/28/2015

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill. [hold up to hands like birds]
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
[put both hands behind back]
Come back Jack, come back Jill. [bring both hands back]

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High...

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow...

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate...
One named Early and one named Late...

Sitting on the ice, 1 was mean, the other was nice...
Sitting on a gate... 1 was wobbly and the other was straight...
Sitting on a lilly, 1 was serious, the other was silly...
Sitting on a mop, 1 named bottom, one named top...
Sitting on a car. . .1 named near, one named far
Sitting on a cloud. . .1 named quiet, one named loud

*Note: Watch the Jbrary video for actions for each optional verse.




Opening Song: "If You're Ready for a Story Find a Seat"

Hello everybody and how are you, how are you, how are you? [wave]

Hello everybody and how are you, how are you today?

Hello every and touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose, [touch nose]

Hello everybody and touch your nose, touch your nose today.

Hello everybody and touch your toes, touch your toes, touch your toes [touch toes]

Hello everybody and touch your toes, touch your toes today.

*Sing this once everyone is seated and before you introduce yourself and official welcome everyone.

Credit: Adapted fromJbrary, accessed 9/27/2015

5 Practices Song: Sing Talk Read Write Play

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Growing Readers Day by Day

*Use this after your early literacy message in beginning of storytime

Credit: Saroj Ghoting "Star Power" Every Child Ready to Read training and adapted from Salt Lake City Public Library, accessed 9/27/2015

Closing Song: "Goodbye Everybody"

Goodbye everybody we'll see you soon, see you soon, see you soon.

Goodbye everybody we'll see you soon, on another day.

Credit: Adapted fromJbrary, accessed 9/27/2015


Every Child Ready to Read Practices and Skills

Singing—Lots of opportunities to sing and listen to music are incorporated in this plan. Invite children and caregivers to join you and emphasize how singing naturally slows down language, allowing children to hear the smaller parts of words. Have particular fun with the additional verses in "Two Little Blackbirds"
Talk— Use the theme and the  books, to talk to the kid about oppposites. Ask them to give you examples opposites or give them a word like "hot" and have them tell you what its opposite is.  Add more language but descrbing any unfamiliar opposite words you introduce in the books or rhymes.
Read— Reading fun and attractive pop up books occassinally (like "Animal Opposiites") creates a sense of wonder and fun for children and introduces them to a format they might not have much experience with.
Write— Have children practice tracing (in the air) the letter of the day "[O"] after you introduce it. Write the upper and lowercase letter on a white board. Talk about the letter "O" being like a circle. Use the whiteboard to draw different examples of oppposites as you talk about them during the program. For example, draw a small circle/ball and then a big circle/ball.
Play— Children will play by participating in the action rhymes and the enjoying the interactive and playful features of the books in this plan.


Possible ECRR Asides to Parents & Caregivers

"All of our storytimes are based on early literacy best practices. Early literacy includes all of the important skills that your child needs in order to formally learn how to read later when they enter school. It is the foundation for later reading success. Researchers have identified 5 different practices that you can do with your child to help them get ready to learn how to read. Those activities are Singing, Talking, Reading, Writing and Playing. Many of these practices you're probably already doing with your child. That's great! I'd like to talk a little bit about why these activities are so important. You might hear me  mention these activities in more detail throughout the program."

"Introducing your child to concepts such as opposites will help prepare your child for reading readiness by giving them the background knowledge they will need later in order to comprehend and decode the text they read.  Having a grasp of opposites will also help with print awareness and letter knowledge as they begin to recognize that letters are both similar and disimlar to one another. "

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Social & Emotional Development

Language and Literacy Development

Cognitive Development

Storytime Implemented

Toddler Storytime, 20-30 minutes

Opening Song: "If You're Ready for a Story"

Opening Hello Song: "Hello Everybody"

Early Literacy Main Message

Sing 5 Practices Song

Introduce Letter of the Day and talk about theme, asking for examples or playing a guessing game of opposites

Read Book 1: " Animal Opposites"

Action Rhymes: "This is Big Big Big" and "Up Down Turn Around"

Read Book 2 : "Where is the Green Sheep?"

Action Rhyme: "Eyes Open Eyes Closed"

Read Book 3: "Opposnakes"

Action Rhyme: "Two Little Blackbirds"

Read Optional Book 4: "Maisy Big, Maisy Small"

Ending Song: Wiggy Wiggy Wiggles

Review Letter of the Day

Closing/Goodbye Song

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