Read.Explore.Learn.- Tweak Tweak (An Elephant with Many Questions)

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    My Book Tie-Ins of the Week:
    Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting

    The little elephant in the book Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting reminds me of JDaniel. His mama tells her to tweak her tail when she has a question and just like my guy she is filled with questions.

    She wants to know about what the frog is doing? She is jumping says his mom. The little elephant wants to know if she can jump. Her mom tells her that she can’t but, she can stomp.

    As she goes on her walk with her mom she wants to know if she can do the same things monkey and many other animals can do. Each time her mom points out that he can’t do what they can, but she can  do special things that elephants can do.

    Her mom also tells her she can walk with her mom, ask questions and learn. Oh! and remember the way home.

    What did we do to extend concepts from the book?

    Elephant Puppet for Retelling

    A old cd with felt ears and wiggling eyes makes a perfect elephant puppet. After reading Tweak Tweak, JDaniel stuck his finger through the hole in the center of the cd to add a trunk to the puppet.

    CD Elephant Pupet

    Elephant Puppet

    It was a lot of fun to watch the elephant’s nose wiggle up and down while he retold the story. I like pretending to be the elephant too.

    Elephant Foot Letter Searching

    JDaniel used this elephant’s foot to search for letters in his favorite book.

    letter searching tool

    The toilet paper tube was really too large for isolating letters. I will need to think of a smaller tube for this activity.

    Sandpaper and Yarn Letter Practice

    JDaniel had fun trying to place pieces of yarn onto sandpaper with the letters on the alphbet written on them.

    Sandpaper and Yarn Letters

    Here is the E for elephant he used.


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    1. says

      Ash’s favorite animal has been an elephant since birth. I don’t know how she chose her little, soft, pink elephant rattle out of the rest but she has stuck with her decision on elephants ever since. I’ll be sure to share this with her.

    2. says

      Seriously!!! LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV the elephant puppet!!!! Brilliant use of material/re-purposing it!!! I’ll pin as soon as I hit submit for the comment.

      (Saw the thumbnail on Kid’s Co-Op)


    3. says

      Do you recommend any particular kind of sandpaper – is there an issue of wanting to find some that is not too rough, not too fine, or doesn’t it matter?

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