Describing Parts of the Body

Purpose/Skills

  • To understand that words stand for specific items
  • To use naming words
  • To build vocabulary

Materials
Large sheet of craft paper; crayon or marker

Vocabulary

body     outline
trace body parts
nose head
arm leg
foot finger

Literature Suggestion
Read any book about the parts of the body.

Warm-Up
Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," or any song that mentions various parts of the body.

Procedure

  • Announce that today the group is going to make a drawing of a person's body to hang up on the wall.
  • Spread out the paper on the floor. Select a willing child who is wearing slacks or shorts. Ask the child to lie down on the paper. Ask the other children to gather around.
  • As you trace around the child's body, have children tell you what part of the body you are tracing. Examples: head, ears, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, fingers, leg, knee, foot.
  • After you complete the outline, have children repeat the names of the body parts aloud. Write the words on the outline.
  • Finish up by adding the parts of the face: eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth.

Enrichment
Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" again, encouraging children to take turns calling out different parts of the body to use in the song.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child is able to name five or more parts of the body.
  • In Process - Child can name only a few major parts of the body.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet identify more than one part of the body.

Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.


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