Zack's Alligator by Shirley Mozelle
There's an Alligator Under my Bed by Mercer Mayer
Alligator Baby by Michael Martchenko
You can spray paint a clothespin or if you are like me just color it with a marker then glue eyes and paper spikes on the back.
Totally Tots shared this cute craft idea too.
Alligators are cold blooded animals which means their bodies stay about the same temperature as the air or water around them. They like to lay in swaps to stay cool or sit in the sun to warm up.
Alligators eat anything they can catch in the water, mostly turtles and fish.
Alligators have a U shaped snout, Crocodiles have a V shaped snout.
You can't see an alligators teeth from the side but you can see a Crocodiles.
Read more about the difference between the two here.
Make a Swamp
We filled a Tupperware up with equal amounts of dirt and water and talked about where alligators live...in swaps. This was a super easy activity and the kids loved getting dirty. I let them find some rocks and grass and add it to the swamp too.
Letter A Coloring page (8x10)
Letter A Flash Card (4x6)
Letter A Tracing Page (8x10)
Ants on a log (Celery with cheese or peanut butter topped with raisins)
Download 2 pages of alligator songs here.
Tips to Teaching Letter A
Big A=a mountain with a line
Little a=a circle with a tail
Sing the song...(to the tune Farmer and the Dell)
the A says ah
the A says ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
the A says ah
Our kids LOVE the letter wall. At the beginning of each week we hang the animal with it's letter on this wall, throughout the week we review the letter and the sound it makes.
Puppet Fun with "A" Alligator
We got all of the materials below from our local library. I realize that each library is different in what they carry, but check it out...you might be surprised. To switch things up a little bit my son would "review" what he had learned with his friend the alligator puppet. ; )
Teaching ABC's Idea for the Week
My little boy LOVED this little game. Throughout the week I would place the letter "A" fridge magnet throughout the house. (Front door, Dish washer, Magnet Board, Fridge, Fan, etc.) He loved finding it, and each time it was found it gave me the opportunity to review the letter and sound with him.
Theme of the Week
We focus a lot on the letter of the week and the animal that goes with it but we like to throw in a side theme too to help teach something extra to prepare our kiddos for kindergarten. This week the theme was: "What is school?" This was our first week of preschool and so we talked about our plan of teaching preschool from home and how in a couple years they will go to Kindergarten.