Gross Motor/Science Activity After the Story
To conclude the lesson, prepare large cut-outs of a full moon, half-moon, quarter-moon, and stars, and make them large enough for a child to stand upon.
Scatter the shapes across the classroom floor.
The kids form a single-file line, and then follow the teacher's directions for specific motions while moving from shape to shape.
For example, say something like:
“Let’s all hop to the first star. I like the way you follow directions. Now, let’s all take baby steps to the full moon."
This large muscle exercise develops gross motor skills and let the kids exert some energy. When this activity is finished, have the kids sit at their tables and give them some paper and crayons or markers. Review the shapes. Encourage them to draw and label the phases of the moon and the stars.
Like the cycle of seasons, kids learn best by interaction and observation. They may have so much fun; they won't realize how much they are learning.