Kindergarten - Literature - Poetry


Review how clouds form rain.

Listen to the poem April Rain Song.

Discuss the saying April Showers Bring May Flowers.

Participate in a craft activity.


A piece of dark-blue construction paper (12 x 18) one per student

A piece of construction paper (8 x 11) one per student (variety of colors)

Light-blue construction paper squares (4 x 4) two or three per student

Umbrella patterns for students to trace (attached)


Scissors, glue


Review how clouds form rain (Science Lesson 32). Ask: Do you remember what clouds are? (Clouds are tiny drops of water or tiny bits of ice that float in the air.) Ask: How do clouds form rain? (Many tiny water drops make large drops. The large drops are too heavy to float in the air. So, the drops fall from the clouds as rain.)

Ask: What happens to the rain that falls on earth? (Allow children to respond. Review that the rain soaks into the earth and that it fills up the lakes and streams and helps the plants grow.) Discuss any rain showers that may have recently occurred.

Ask: Do you remember the names of the four seasons of the year? (Science Lesson 28)

Ask: What season is it now? (spring) Ask: What is the weather usually like in the spring? (Allow the children to respond.) Say: The weather is warmer than it was in the winter. Rain showers are also common in the spring.

Say: Listen to this poem about rain. It is called April Rain Song and it is by Langston Hughes. (Review that the current month is April.)

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.

Let the rain sing you a lullaby.


The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.

The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night -


And I love the rain.


Ask: Does the author of this poem like the rain? Do you like the rain? (You may wish to read the poem again.)


Kindergarten - Literature - Poetry

Say: We have learned a funny expression about heavy rain. Do you remember what some people say during a really hard rain? (It's raining cats and dogs.)

Say: There is another expression about the rain, it says April showers bring May flowers. Ask: What do you think this means? (Allow children to speculate.) Say: The rain showers during the month of April help the beautiful spring flowers bloom in May. Without rain, the flowers would not grow.

Say: Some people use this saying to mean something else besides the rain. People use this saying to mean that something unpleasant can cause something pleasant to happen, just as spring rains cause flowers to bloom.

Assist children in completing the following craft activity.

1. Distribute one piece of construction paper (8 x 11, any color) to each student.

2. Provide the children with umbrella patterns to trace.

3. Instruct the children to trace the umbrella pattern onto their construction paper and then cut the umbrella out.

4. Distribute the large piece of dark-blue construction paper (12 x 18) to each student.

5. Direct the children to glue the umbrella to the center of the blue construction paper.

6. Instruct the children to draw on the handle of the umbrella. They may wish to add decorations to the umbrella.

7. Distribute two or three squares of light-blue construction paper (4 x 4) to each student.

8. Assist the children in folding the blue square as follows to create a paper raindrop:

9. Tell the children to open the "raindrops" and create bright flowers inside using crayons.

10. Instruct the children to fold the "raindrops" back up to hide the flowers. Tell the children to glue the "raindrops" to the umbrella picture wherever they wish.

11. Tell the children to open the raindrops and peek at the flowers as a reminder of the saying April showers bring May flowers.


Kindergarten - Literature - Poetry

Umbrella pattern


Kindergarten - Literature - King Midas and the Golden Touch


Review the moral If you are greedy, you may lose everything.

Listen to the story for enjoyment.

Suggested Titles

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. A Wonder Book for Children. New York: Knopf, 1906, 1994.

This collection contains a rather lengthy retelling of "The Golden Touch."

Hirsch, E.D. Jr. and John Holdren edited by. What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Includes a good retelling adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne's Wonder Book.

Russell, William. Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children. New York: Crown, 1984.

This collection contains a good retelling of "King Midas."

Storr, Catherine, retold by. King Midas. Milwaukee: Raintree, 1985.

A good retelling appropriate for reading aloud. This version contains nice illustrations.


Ask: Do you remember what it means to be greedy? (Literature Lesson The Dog and His Shadow--Greedy means wanting everything for yourself and not sharing what you have with others.)

Say: Think about the Aesop Fable The Dog and His Shadow. Ask: What happened to the dog in that story? (He saw his own reflection and thought it was another dog with a bigger piece of meat than his own. He tried to take the other dog's meat and ended up dropping his own meal into the water.)

Ask: What are we to learn from this story? (We should be happy with what we have. We should not be greedy.)

Say: The story we are going to read today is about a very greedy king named King Midas. King Midas loved gold. No matter how much gold King Midas had, he always wanted more. Ask: Can you name some things that are made of gold? (Allow children to name things made of gold.) Listen carefully to the story of King Midas and see if he learns the lesson that we should be happy with what we have. Read the story King Midas and the Golden Touch from one of the sources listed above.

Following the reading of the story discuss King Midas's experience. Guide the children to conclude that King Midas's greed led to disaster.

Suggested Follow-Up Activity

Read and discuss a modernized version of this story. Max and Ruby's Midas by Rosemary Wells (New York: Dial, 1995) tells the story of Max and his ability to turn anything (including his parents) into hot fudge sundaes. Serve ice cream sundaes as a special treat following the reading of this story.