Our second week in Brazil had us looking at the Amazon river and the rainforest. Here are the plans I used for this week.
Brazil — Rainforest
Welcome (ola in Portugese)/ Welcome song
“Come everybody and clap your hands . . . jump up high . . . swing your arms . . . stomp your feet . . . spin around . . . sit right down . . . watch me spin the globe . . . on the way to Passport Pals”
Suitcase — Brazilian flag, South America sign, rainforest animals, trees, other rainforest stuff.
Find Brazil on globe. What continent is Brazil on? (South America)
Song: Continent Cheer (GGM #3)
Talk about Amazon River. Let’s pretend we are by the Amazon River. What kinds of animals do you think there would be? (Pretend to be the animals)
Read “The Rainforest Grew All Around” by Susan K. Mitchell (sing together)
Play Musical Jungle . . . place pictures of jungle animals on the floor, kids walk around while the music plays, when the music stops, they step on an animal and pretend to be that animal while the music plays again. Use World Playground #10 for music.
Read “So Say the Little Monkeys” by Nancy Van Laan.
Craft: Decorate monkey masks. Use the monkey masks to do the fingerplay.
Fingerplay: (When I did this with my group, I had the kids pretend to be the monkeys using their monkey masks and the parents pretended to be the crocodile! It was a lot of fun!)
5 little monkeys swinging from a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me”
Along came Mr. Crocodile as quietly as can be
Then there were 4 little monkeys swinging from a tree . . .(all the way down to none).
Read “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth” by Eric Carle.
Have fun walking around slowly, slowly, slowly . . .
Slowly, slowly, slowly stamp the passport . . . .
Goodbye in Portuguese “adieus”