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Read the book "Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On" and how to use a ruler

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  • Read the book “Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On” 
  • Place a ruler on a piece of paper and help child draw a straight line to the number 9 using the ruler
  • Ask child what number is in front of 9 - (answer 8)
  • Ask child what number is written first on the ruler - (answer 1)
  • Again place ruler on paper and ask child to draw a straight line to the number 5
  • Ask child which line is longer the one that stopped at 9 or the one that stopped at 5 - (answer 9)
  • Ask child to point to the numbers 1 to 9 in order on the ruler and say the name of the numeral


After doing the activity, ask child these questions as they look at the ruler:

*What number comes after 9?

*What number comes before 2?

*What number comes before 5?

*What number comes after 8?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.