Have you already decided to focus one of your Pre-K lesson plans on chipmunks? Has that decision left you searching around for a handful of stories to incorporate into the unit? If so, you may want to consider scrolling through the following list of book suggestions:
Janet Piehl’s “Chattering Chipmunks” is one non-fiction book to consider using in your classroom. The book’s value lies in its brief but informative text and color photos. It also contains an age appropriate diagram of a chipmunk’s anatomy that would make a superior visual aid. You may want to consider pairing it with Joanne Ryder’s book “Chipmunk Song.”
“How Chipmunk Got His Stripes”
Joseph Bruchac’s book “How Chipmunk Got His Stripes” would make an excellent choice as well. As you may have already assumed, its storyline is based on a folktale. Thus, I would suggest pairing it with a similar book. One that comes to my mind is Gerald Hausman’s “How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet.” It is a chapter book that contains additional folktales. Those stories would be perfect for other animal themed lesson plans.
“The Chipmunk and The Leopard”
Speaking of folktales, Michael Ofori-Mankata’s book “The Chipmunk and The Leopard” would make a suitable read-aloud too. It features a great storyline and cute illustrations. You could feasibly pair it with a mask making activity, a geography segment or another folktale book. If you do decide to pair it with another book, I’d recommend giving Dawn L. Watkins’ “A King for Brass Cobweb” a try. The children may enjoy the interesting storyline and colorful illustrations.
“Chipmunk at Hollow Tree Lane”
Victoria Sherrow’s “Chipmunk at Hollow Tree Lane” is another book to consider. Its storyline is designed to familiarize the children with the chipmunk’s basic behaviors and life cycle. It also features appealing illustrations that are likely to keep the children somewhat engaged. I would recommend reading it in conjunction with Planet Collection’s tome “Chipmunks: Picture Book.” Like its title indicates, the book is full of photographs. It also contains a decent amount of information about the creatures.
If you just want a giggle worthy book, I’d suggest going with Beth Weiner Woldin’s “Chipmunk Stew.” Its storyline focuses on a fictional group of enterprising animals with a penchant for cooking. As such, you may want to read it before snack or lunch time. The book would also pair well with Karen Knurr’s “Geraldine: The Little Chipmunk.” It is another fictional delight that could reasonably be paired with an art related activity or Harry J. Baerg’s tome “Chipmunk Willie.”
Lastly, I’d suggest picking up a copy of Dee Phillips’ book “Chipmunk’s Hole.” It features attention-grabbing photos, succinct text and a reasonable amount of information about the creatures. I usually like reading it in conjunction with Kathy M. Miller “Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden.” It contains magnificent photos and scientific information too.
Source: Personal Experience
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