The story can be a good jumping board for water thoughts, both the cycle of water and conservation. Materials National Geographic or other magazines with African animals inside. To cook spaghetti and other food, to brush teeth, water plants, flush. Talk to the children about the importance of not wasting water.
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The story can be a good jumping board for water thoughts, both the cycle of water and conservation. Materials National Geographic or other magazines with African animals inside. To cook spaghetti and other food, to brush teeth, water plants, flush. Talk to the children about the importance of not wasting water. If you see the sink left running, we need to turn it off.
Explain that we do not want to waste water because then what would happen It would all be gone and you could not get a drink. Depending upon where you live, this discussion could easily go into drought concerns and water conservation.
The idea is to make sure the children are aware that water is important and that we need to take care of the water. Reading the Story As you introduce the story, show the children where Africa is on the globe or map. Talk about how it is very far away on the other side of the world. Take a moment and do a picture walk through the book. Have the children name all the animals that they see in the pictures.
Ask them if these animals are like the animals they see around their neighborhoods or woods. Let the children know that these are called African animals. Do these look like the cows we have here? Why do you think that Ka-pit is watching the cows?
What do farmers get from cows milk, meat, leather, ice cream. So cows are pretty important animals both here and in Africa. Lead a discussion on the importance of drinking water everyday. Ask the children to look at the cows, what does it mean that they were dry they wanted a drink, their tongues were stuck. Ask the children questions about being thirsty have you ever been so thirsty that your tongue felt like it was sticking? When you are outside running and you get thirsty what should you do?
How many glasses of water should you drink to keep your insides lubed? Discovery Pictures of Africa; the people, the animals, the land. Talk with the children and compare the likenesses and differences to life in the United States. Music and Movement Use your instruments and have a thunderstorm. Start off playing softly and become louder as the thunder storm grows. Then you can bring the instruments back down to soft again. If you have rain sticks, this would be a good day to let the children experiment with them.
In the story Ki-pat stands on one leg while he watches the cows. Try other balance activities Put one hand on the floor and lift one leg in the air, stand on tip toe, stand on your heels, put both hands and one leg on the ground and one leg in the air, etc.
Put out some wrist bells and do a rain dance. If you are fortunate to get mylar those silver balloons cut them into strips, it makes a wonderful rain storm. Blocks Put out any African animals that you have as well as any others. Encourage the children to build a lake for the animals to get a drink at. The children can sort the animals by like kinds or line them up smallest to largest.
Art Put out magazines and encourage the children to cut out animals and glue them to paper. Encourage them to look for pictures of African animals. Sand and Water Scooping and pouring water play.
Do you have pitchers that can sound like rain when poured? If not, you can make simple rain makers by punching holes in the bottom of a plastic container cottage cheese container.
From white paper cut out cloud shapes. Use a white crayon to write a message for each child Hello Jamie. Let the children paint with watercolors over their cloud, to turn it dark like a rain cloud. Watch their surprise when they see a message with their name. Encourage them to read the message or the letters.
Dramatic Play Add large scarves or pieces of fabric to the center so the children can try to make robes like Ki-pat in the story. Math and Manpiluatives Make copies of the boots and decorate the left and right to match.
Put all the boots out on the table and ask the children to find the pairs of boots. As they make their matches talk to them about the colors or patterns that are on the boot.
Make sets of right footed boot in small, medium, and large. Decorate each set the same. Challenge the children to find the three boots that match and put them in order from small to large. Take bean bags and pretend that they are arrows and throw them into the sky. See if you can catch them. Play catch with another child, throw the bean bags at a target perhaps a large cloud shape. Transitions This story is written with many rhymes.
Say a word and the child must say another word that rhymes with it before going off to the next activity.
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain
Notice it is a counting story from 1 — Display counting words, read and sequence them. Identify how many of each animal Handa saw, while searching for the lost hen. Retell the story. Activity Children work in ability pairs to identify how many of each animal Handa saw on her search for the lost hen. Children then sequence and retell the story correctly. Display a story-planning template.
The children will be able to find Kenya, Africa on a world map. The children will draw a picture of the African plains and a herdsman. A world map or globe. Write the words of the book on chart paper or an overhead transparency extension activity. Procedures: Ask the children if they think that people in other parts of the world act like, dress like, eat like, or talk like they do. When they say "No," ask the children if they know where Africa is.