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Learning About Swamps

Read "Deep In The Swamp" identify different animals, and use a map

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  • Read book “Deep in the Swamp” by Donna Bateman or Read/Listen here
  • Make a list of eight different animals from the book with each animal on a separate index card:  blue heron, rat snake, river otter, alligator, snapping turtle, damselfly, bullfrog, crayfish - Write and say aloud letters in each animal name repeating the name of the animal when all letters are written
  • Child selects an index card and together read the animal name and find the selected animal in the book


Open book to a page where one of the eight animals is shown.  Ask the child to locate the animal and let the child point to the animal and say the name.


Look at a map of the United States and show the location of Okenfenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, Georgia. Click here for a map of Georgia with the location of Okenfenokee Swamp in the southern section of the state near Florida border

Click here for a 10-minute video showing the Okenfenokee Swamp.


If you lived in a swamp what would you do all day?

What is something that bugs you?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe". VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp". VIDEO
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

"When The Saints Go Marching In" VIDEO
by Pete Fountain (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York" VIDEO
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure (Activity 15)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry" VIDEO
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.