It’s Virtual Book Club time. Each month a different author is featured. Everyone participating then selects a book by the chosen author and creates an activity to accompany the book. The featured author for April is David Shannon. We decided on Duck on a Bike.
Duck decides to ride a bike. On his ride, he convinces the other animals that a bike ride sounds like a lot of fun. So, all the animals enjoy a ride around the farm.
Outdoor Literacy Extension
Turn an ordinary bike ride into a literacy adventure! You will need representation of each animal from the story (cow, sheep, dog, cat, horse, chicken, goat, pig and mouse). We used stuffed animals, puppets and plastic figurines. For the mouse, we had to print out a picture. A marker, tape and scissors will be needed to prepare your word circles. You will also need 9 each of the following: plastic lids, self-adhesive magnets, and index cards.
On each index card write the name of each animal. We made the first letter of each word in a different color because my son is just working on letter identification. Attach each card onto a plastic lid. On the back side of each lid place a magnet.
You are now ready to head outside. Place the animals along your “bike path”. Place the word circles at the “starting line”. Have your child select one word circle from the pile, read it, stick it on their bike and ride to the corresponding animal. After dropping off the word circle to the correct animal, they return to the starting line and select another word circle. Play continues until all word circles have been correctly distributed.
We loved that we were able to incorporate books, literacy activities and the outdoors. How do you incorporate literacy and the outdoors?
Below are other wonderful bloggers who have also selected a book from the featured author and created an activity to accompany their book choice. Please visit each one! Also, link up your post about your favorite featured author book too.
I love this book! I have it on my Ducks in Picture Books list http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/03/top-10-fashioned-picture-books-spunky-ducks/
That’s a great list. I’ve added it to my new Pinterest board- There’s a Book About That.
Megan @ Coffee Cups and Crayons says
I love how active this is! What a great idea!
Jackie Higgins says
I love this. We’re totally going to do it. It goes great with a literacy outdoors roundup I did last week. Can I update the post and add your idea?
Absolutely Jackie! Thanks so much!
Erin - The Usual Mayhem says
I love it! We read the same book, so I think we’ll have to try out your activity next. Thanks for sharing!