- black and white drawing paper (same size)
- colored chalk, crayons, or markers
- clear tape
- books about night time and day time
Objective: Children will
develop fine-motor, language, and observational skills as they engage
in activities to learn about day and night.
In Advance: Collect pictures
or books that depict daytime and nighttime scenes, including: In the
Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (HarperTrophy, 1995, $6.95); My
Day: A Book in Two Languages by Rebecca Emberley (Little, Brown, 2000;
$5.35); and Pooh's Busy Day by A.A. Milne (Dutton, 2000, $5.99).
- Read children books to encourage discussions and develop their understanding
of day and night. Invite them to create drawings about daytime and nighttime.
- Prepare a sheet of chart paper with the heading Daytime. Ask
children to share what they already know about daytime. Encourage them
to describe how daytime looks compared to nighttime and the things they
can do during the daytime. Record their responses on chart paper. Provide
children with white drawing paper, crayons, or markers, and ask them
to create a picture about daytime.
- On the following day, prepare a sheet of chart paper to develop a
language experience chart about Nighttime. Ask children to share
their thoughts about nighttime and to talk about the things they do
at night. Ask open-ended questions such as, "Why does nighttime look
different than daytime?" Or, "Where do the sun and moon go when we can't
- Provide children with black drawing paper and colored chalk. Invite
them to make drawings about nighttime. Tape both the nighttime and daytime
drawings together to make one large drawing. Invite each child to include
a dictation about each drawing. Encourage children to share their daytime
and nighttime drawings with their classmates. Find an area in the classroom
or hallway to exhibit their work.
Science: Sunlight Experiment. Invite children to find small objects
in the classroom or outdoors. Cover a sunny windowsill with black construction
paper. Ask children to place their objects on the black paper. Explain
to children that they will leave the objects on the paper for one week.
At the end of the week, invite the children to remove the objects. What
happened to the paper?
Good Morning, Baby*
Good Night, Baby*
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
(Scholastic Inc.; $4.95 each)
I Hate to Go to Bed
by Katie Davis
(HarcourtBrace, 1999; $14)
The Little Quiet Book
by Katherine Ross
(Random House Books, 1989; $3.99)