Last week we promoted a number of hands-on learning experiences to go with AESOP’s fable, The Tortoise and The Hare. The preschoolers experienced activities involving movement, a variety of instruments, crafting, open-ended discussions, endangered vs. extinct animals, tortoise invention, identification of opposites and the investigation of the world’s largest tortoise.
During our morning circle we learned about a tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. He weighed 919 lbs and we measured the length, width and height by taping an outline on the floor. After viewing pictures of Goliath, the students were asked the question, “How many preschoolers can fit in Goliath, the largest tortoise?”After recording everyone’s estimation we were able to test their estimates by adding preschoolers into the middle until they decided it was filled.
We counted eight preschoolers which was everyone due to the snowy morning we had!
While looking at the illustrations of the wordless version of The Tortoise and The Hare the students dictated the story by playing musical instruments. They played soft and slow to represent the tortoise and fast and loud for the hare.
After reading the classic story we discussed the characteristics of a tortoise. Jackson shaped the turtle’s shell with molding clay and explained that it was used for protection/home.