Revamped poem from an Internet original. Includes enough verses for each child in your class.
- An alligator poster. Print off 2, glue them back-to-back and suspend from your ceiling over the door as a reminder.
- Revamped poster-poem. I believe the original was by Dr. Jean. I have a link to her site. I've included enough verses so each child can recite one as they line up to go home. They can say their verse, wave good-bye and get in line.
- Hang a copy of the poem on the door, + enlarge a copy to have by your circle time where everyone can read it.
- A traceable booklet so students can get used to reading, writing and learning the verses. Children cut and glue an animal to the matching numbered box. They will enjoy taking this booklet home and sharing it with their families.
- traceable animal word cards with matching pictures to help students learn these words + a cover to make an Itty Bitty booklet. Make extra sets to turn into Memory Match Concentration games or an "I Have' Who Has?" game.
- Toss the animal cards into a basket and have students select one. That will be the phrase they get to recite. They can quietly line up, walking and sounding like that animal, as they recite their verse. i.e. a mouse would squeak their verse quietly, as they scampered on all fours to the door.
- Additional Good-bye Song
I know you and your students will enjoy this fun way of getting ready to go home, and saying good-by to their friends. It's a terrific and easy way to get students' attention for transitioning at the end of the day, when everyone is tired.