I hope this Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Lesson Plan works for you, I am testing it out on Dr. Seuss’s birthday with my class! If you try the Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Lesson Plan, make sure to visit my Facebook page and let us know how it worked for you.
Have you ever just grabbed a book because you think “I’ve read this 200 times, it will be perfect!” Then, halfway in you realize that it is 300 times longer than you remember and you are losing your audience. This is when I usually skip some pages but, I hate doing that. Preparing is much better than making a fix mid-read aloud. Last year for Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I read my young 3s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and while it was far from a disaster, I should have read them a different book. It was too long for that particular group. The book I should have read was Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? Which is a wonderful book for 2 and 3-year olds!
Here is my lesson plan for it and how my preschool class will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday tomorrow.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Circle Time
After your opening routine (I do a welcome song and my chant) sit down and read the book Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss. If you aren’t familiar with this book, it is fantastic (yes, I once said I didn’t like Seuss, but I am coming around, still don’t like The Cat In The Hat). The book is all about sounds, silly, fun to make sounds and as a read aloud it is captivating for preschoolers.
Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? Activity
What Makes That Sound?
You will need small toys like animal figurines, matchbox cars, people figurines… anything that you can make an identifying sound with. Also, a bag to pull them from one at a time.
I love playing this simple guess the sound game. We do it with animals but for this book, I am mixing all sorts of things that make sounds.
- Start by telling the children that you have a bunch of things that make sounds in the bag and you need their help to tell you what each item is.
- Invite the children to close their eyes if they are comfortable. You can explain that closing their eyes lets their ears work harder.
- Choose an object, make the sound and allow the children to call out the item.
- Pull it from the bag to see if any of the guesses were correct.
- I usually do this 7-10 times max with my 2.5-3.5-year-olds, I always put more in the bag than I need in case they get really into it, but if they are fidgety, I stop at 4 or 5.
Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? Hands-on Activity
In my class we move from our short circle time to a short hands-on creating time, sometimes it’s process art, sometimes it’s something a little more structured like this activity.
You will need some small gift boxes (Dollar Store) and items to fill them with jingle bells, buttons, puree lids, corks… anything! You will also need Dr. Seuss stickers (or any really) to decorate and some packing tape to secure the small bits. Please note that if you have any children that are still in the mouthing stage to only use items that will NOT pose a choking risk.
*My sample for the post doesn’t have the tape but do not skip it when doing it with kids!
- Start by filling your boxes. Give the children the bottom of the box and have the filler scattered on the table so they can choose what to use.
- When they decide they have all the right insides for the noise box, add the lid and tape.
- Decorate the secured box with Dr. Seuss or colorful foam stickers.
- Come back together as a group to sing some silly songs with noise boxes for music!
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