Wow! Sorry I've been absent from the blog for so long. Life gets busy. Anyway, I wanted to post a group activity we have done recently to go with the book Way Out in the Desert. We have used this book as a literature-based way to get to know several desert animals. In fact, this book prompted me to create a desert animals booklet-making activity that you can read about here.
For our group activity I used laminated pictures of the ten desert animals from the book and numeral cards 1-10. I placed these into a cloth bag. At group time, the children passed the bag around the line and took a card from the bag without peeking. Each child had either an animal picture or a numeral card. As they passed the bag I asked each child to name their numeral or animal. Once everyone had a card, I read the book aloud. When I read each page the children with the corresponding numeral and animal picture came up and placed them into a pocket chart. When I finished reading the book, the children and I "read" the pocket chart (i.e. "one horned toad, two hummingbirds".......etc.). This was a great way to involve the children in the rereading of a familiar text. It also helped to reinforce the vocabulary of our desert unit.