The story of "Little Red Riding Hood" has been around for centuries. In 1697 Charles Perrault published "Little Red Riding Hood" as part of a storybook containing eight folk tales from the past. Then in 1812, the Grimm brothers published their version titled "Little Red Cap." No matter which version of "Little Red Riding Hood" you share with your class, kindergartners are sure to enjoy bringing "Little Red Riding Hood" and that crafty wolf into the classroom.
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Read "Little Red Riding Hood" to kindergartners. Print out story sequence cards for students to put in order. Have students retell the beginning, middle and end of the story using the sequencing cards as a guide. Encourage students to use important story details in their retellings, such as grandmother's, or the wolf's, big ears, big eyes and big teeth. Allow kindergartners to use the sequence cards to guide them in acting out the beginning, middle and end of the story in a drama centre.
Paper Bag Wolf Puppets
Make paper bag wolf puppets using a brown paper lunch bag for the puppet's body. Provide students with construction paper, googly eyes and markers to add big ears, big eyes and big teeth to their wolf puppets. An option would be to print out wolf outlines for student to colour and glue down on their paper bag.
Talk with kindergartners about general safety issues and how to best deal with strangers. Provide time for students to talk openly about their feelings surrounding strangers and tips they have for keeping safe at school and home. Talk about the roles of different community members such as police officers, firefighters, doctors and teachers. Talk about how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. How can different community members help kindergartners and their families stay safe?
Healthy Snack Basket
Draw two big picnic baskets on chart paper. Print out pictures of healthy snacks and not-so-healthy snacks. Pictures might include: cookies, apples, pies, bananas, brownies, candy, cheese sticks, yoghurt, crisps, carrots and celery. Tell students grandma enjoys all of these snacks, but only some of them are healthy snack choices. Have students help you divide grandma's snacks into a healthy snack basket and a not-so-healthy snack basket. Encourage students to talk about their favourite after-school snacks and if they would be in grandma's healthy or not-so-healthy basket. End by inviting students to help you make a fruit salad to share for snack.
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