The Ducks, Elephants, and especially the Seals, enjoyed reading and listening to “The Seals on the Bus” by Lenny Hort, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. This book is a jaunty version of the song, “The Wheels on the Bus” with great animal pictures of seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, vipers, sheep, skunks, and people on the bus.
While singing the story, I have the students name the different animals and make their respective sounds. A couple of students in each class follow along and are very enthusiastic about the story. I pause before singing the last animal before the “all around the town” part to give students a chance to participation. In addition, the teachers and I provide animal gestures, such as clapping hands for the seals, or holding our noses for the skunk paired with the animal sounds. They enjoy the journey of following the people as the animals join the bus ride.
Through the story, students pair the image of the animal, with the name and sound of the animal. At the end of the story, the people goes “help, help, help” and I ask the students why the people are saying help. Some of the students respond that the people are having a party, they are stuck on the bus with the animals, or they need help. Imagine being on a bus with all those animals! Ah!