PreK Skunks in Spring

35 min.

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Wonder of the Day #599

Why Do Skunks Stink?


Work on S animals sounds and drawing S in a craft activity.

Big Idea

Continue to build empathy skills by featuring animal stories to introduce vocabulary and letter recognition.

Hello song - introduce animals that start with the letter S - sheep, seal, salamander, stork, snake, sloth - today we are talking about an animal that sometimes "stinks" - SKUNKS!

"I'm a Little Striped Skunk" (sung to "I'm a Little Tea Pot tune)

I'm a little striped skunk, black and white.
I sleep through the day and wake at night.
When the sun goes down, it's time to eat.
So, I dig up bugs with the claws on my feet.

I can smell so stinky, yes, it is true.
If you frighten me, I might spray you.
Spraying helps me keep the enemies away
So, I can stay safe, when I hunt and play.

Reading first - Skunk's Spring Surprise by Lesl'ea Newman - illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Skunk's spring surprise

Lovely illustrations and rhyming text

Second reading - Backyard Wildlife: Skunks by Emily Green


Bold text -glossary and additional resources

Craft activity - S for Skunk

Image result for skunk s craft

Skunk shape: stripes, spots, bushy tail, black-and-white
Skunk behavior: hibernate, sleep, spray, hiss, scare