I ended up teaching an extra day this week, sort of last minute. Thankfully there are so many great choices for the letter Ss. I was thinking sharks, but ended up going with stone soup and making a math sandwich. Mostly, because I had the book on hand and all the supplies I needed. Sometimes that trumps all.
This is the book that we had at our house growing up. I always thought the old lady in the story looked like a witch, but she's just a nice old lady... in scary clothes.
Any version of Stone Soup would work for this activity. It's simple, just a retelling. I'm trying to keep things a little more simple, as those days seem to be our more enjoyable days at preschool.
I had most of the ingredients from the story already, but needed up make up the felt carrots, onions and beef bones. I passed out one item to each child and as I read the story they listened for their item and added it to the pot. You could have more stirrers or stones to have enough items for each child. I had planned some additional retelling after we were done, but time-wise /attention-wise, we needed to move on. That usually trumps all.
Then, to go with our soup, we made a sandwich. There were enough ingredients for each child to add one. I passed out the pieces and we rolled the dice. They had to watch for their number to know when to add it to the sandwich. (oops, it got a little wet on the way home) I specifically gave each child an ingredient for a number they needed to work on. I love having the data from our assessments to work with. I'll have to share more about that some time.
I laid out the bread and then when a 5 was rolled, the mustard was added.
We kept rolling and adding ingredients.
When we had all the sandwich parts added, I topped it off with the top bread and each child took a pretend bite before going to their seats to do paperwork. Except, one friend took a real bite. There's always one.
Here was the craft for the day, star stickers on the letter S.