Young learners love the Pigeon series written by Mo Willems. All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using a popular literacy selection used for modeled reading. In this set of lesson plans, the selections “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Pigeon Loves Things That Go”! are used. This literacy unit is part of a complete program meant to meet the majority of the core curriculum outcomes.
Shared Reading Using the Emergent Readers
Shared Reading Follow-Up
The companion emergent reader “Where Are You Going Yak Family” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:
Alphabet Letters: Yy and Qq
Sight Words: go, to, find, little
Literacy Center Activities
All literacy units include engaging games and acitivites that assist students in mastery the curriculum outcomes. It includes letter recognition and association to related sounds activities. It also includes phonemic/phonological awareness activities. The ones displayed in the photgraph are included in this literacy unit.
Sight Words Activities
Sight word games are also included. In the Guided Reading, Alphabet and Sight Word Program all the Pre-primer sight words are introduced in meaningful context. In this unt the words go, to , find, little are introduced and this is followed by playing the related games.
Follow-up Craft and Writing Activities
All lesson plan units include a follow-up writing activity. The students could write about what they think the pigeon is saying to the queen in the emergent reader “Where Are You Going Yak Family”? They could also do the writing activity about what the pigeon is saying on the bus as displayed.
Simple Follow-up Crafts
In this craft activity the students would cut the frame and add the pictures of things that go. In the second craft activity, I copied the bus template on yellow paper and cut it out. The students cut the window, colored the pigeon, added the beak and eyes.