Story Time

Opposites
Submitted by: Debra Hudson, Barbara Bush
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
The City Kid & The Suburb Kid by:Pilutti, Deb
Two cousins, one from the city and one from the suburbs, spend a day and a night together at each other's house, and decide that each likes his own home better.
Exactly the Opposite by:Hoban, Tana
Photographs of familiar outdoor scenes illustrate pairs of opposites.
Big Cat, Small Cat by:Rubinger, Ami
Illustrations of cats along with rhyming couplets about them require the reader to fill in words demonstrating opposites, like tall and short, nice and mean, young and old.
Big is Big (and little,little) by:Lewis, J. Patrick
A book of contrasts.
Big dog -- little dog by:Eastman, P.D.
Two dogs are opposite in every way but are the very best of friends.
The town mouse and the country mouse by:Schecter, Ellen
When the town mouse and the country mouse visit each other, they find they prefer very different ways of life.
Mimi's book of opposites by:Clark, Emma Chichester
Because Mimi is the big sister, in her book she is "good" and her baby brother is "naughty. Many opposite actions are shown."
A high, low, near, far, loud, quiet story by:Crews, Nina
Labeled photographs present opposites such as fast and slow, large and small, and rough and smooth.
Swing high, swing low: a book of opposites by:Coward, Fiona
Lyrical, easy-to-follow rhyming text show opposites that weave in and out of two children's lives as their day unfolds.
Songs
If you're happy and you know it - opposite style
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands...
Sad - say boo hoo
Hungry - Rub your belly
Full - Say I'm full
Dirty - Wash your face
Clean - Shout horray!
Clap your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, as slowly as you can. (suit actions to words.
Clap, clap, clap your hands as quickly as you can.
Shake ..
Roll...
Rub...
Wiggle...
I'm tall and small
I'm very, very tall. (stretch arms up; voice ascends)
I'm very, very small. (squat down; voice descends)
Tall (Stretch up again; high note)
Small (Squat down again; low note)
Now I'm a little ball. (curl up in a ball)
Tall as a tree
Tall as a tree, (Raise arms high)
Big as a house. (Arms out wide)
Thin as a pin, (Hold arms at sides)
Little as a mouse. (Make self small)
This is Big
This is big, big, big. (Stretch hands far to side)
This is small, small, small (Cup hands together over lap)
This is short, short, short. (Hold palms horizontally, close)
This is tall, tall, tall. (Hold palms horizontally, far apart)
This is fast, fast, fast. (Roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow. (Roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes. (Nod)
This is no, no, no! (Shake head)
This is a Giant
THis is the giant who is tall, tall, tall. (stretch arms up high)
And this is the elf who is snall, small, small. (Indicate size with hand near floor)
Then the little elf reached up high, high, high. (Stretch arms up high)
To be as tall as the giant in the sky, sky, sky. (Stand on tip-toe)
Craft
I make a page of Opposite pictures from clip art and then give the kids the pictures to cut out, an envelope and a piece of construction paper. They glue the envelope at the top and put one set of pictures in the envelpe and glue the "opposites" to the paper. Then it is a game to pull out the pictures and match them to their oppisite that is on the paper.