Describing Parts of the Body
- To understand that words stand for specific items
- To use naming words
- To build vocabulary
Large sheet of craft paper; crayon or marker
Read any book about the parts of the body.
Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," or any song that mentions various parts of the body.
- Announce that today the group is going to make a drawing of a person's body to hang up on the wall.
- Spread out the paper on the floor. Select a willing child who is wearing slacks or shorts. Ask the child to lie down on the paper. Ask the other children to gather around.
- As you trace around the child's body, have children tell you what part of the body you are tracing. Examples: head, ears, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, fingers, leg, knee, foot.
- After you complete the outline, have children repeat the names of the body parts aloud. Write the words on the outline.
- Finish up by adding the parts of the face: eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth.
Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" again, encouraging children to take turns calling out different parts of the body to use in the song.
- Proficient - Child is able to name five or more parts of the body.
- In Process - Child can name only a few major parts of the body.
- Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet identify more than one part of the body.
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