I have been experimenting with integrating effective Literacy Centers within my classroom. In this lesson plan you will view my most recent “Literacy Centers and Play Centers“. We change our “Play Centers” each month and “Literacy Centers” regularly.
8:28-9:00 Circle Time
Introducing Emergent Reader “Trees”
Emergent Reader for Shared Reading – Letter “Tt”
- Read the book “The Giving Tree” by Shell Silverstein. Discuss why the book might be called “The Giving Tree”. Discuss what the tree gave to the boy.
- Introduce the emergent reader “Trees” to the students. Explain that this book outlines what trees give us. Look through all the pictures and have the students predict what the pictures might be about. I display the book on the Smart Board but you can print the sentences on sentence strips or chart paper and place the pictures beside each sentence. You could also display the story using an overhead projector (which I have done for years). I also make a copy of the color version for our classroom library. I copy this on cardstock, laminate and bind.
-After, read the sentences together, pointing to the words while you read. Some activities while reading: circle the words, count the number of letters within the word and circle the letter “t’s” within the story.
Trees Reader Sample Page
Trees Reader Sample Page – Black and White
Introducing the Letter Sound
1. Look at the word tree.
2. Introduce the sound “Tt” makes. Hand out small mirrors (purchased at the dollar store) and have the students observe the following: where their tongue is placed, what their lips do when making the two sounds of letter “Tt”, feel their throat and vocal chords, do they feel air coming out from their mouth? How do their lips change? Review the sounds of c, u and a
9:00 – 9:40 Play Centers
Craft – Halloween Haunted House With Assistant
Haunted House Craft
6 Students assigned to “Craft Center”. My assistant works with them. These students will have an opportunity to play at the other centers in the afternoon. Students will be painting the background for the “Haunted House” craft displayed in the photograph. Next week they will be cutting and adding the shapes to complete the house. For the rest of this week, the students will be cutting vegetables for soup instead of completing this craft. If you are a member, you can access the shapes for the house in the “Halloween Theme” unit.
Guided Reading and Phonemic Awareness Activities With Teacher
Students will be reading the black and white emergent reader “Trees” with me. The focus will be on tracking words. I will be having the students circle words within sentences and counting the letters within the words. There is still confusion about the difference between a word and letter.
If there is time, I will do phonemic awareness activities. The students now know the letters sounds of “c, a and t”. I will show them how these letters sounds can make the word “cat”. We will clap each sound. I will also demonstrate how changing the beginning letter can change the word.
Rest of Class at Play Center with Parent Volunteer
Each month we change the Centers. I have outlined the changes below:
1. Sand became dirt – the students now plant real vegetables in the dirt to represent harvest time. Later vehicles will be placed in the dirt to make roads.
2. The “Housekeeping Center” has now become the “Farmers’ Market”. The students use play money and play food to buy goods at the “Farmers’ Market”. They print a list of food they would like to purchase using a guide.
3. The “Big Blocks” has now become a “Train Station”. The students put together the tracks and form a train station.
4. Computers – I have downloaded the “c, a, t” Smart Board activities on individuals computers and the students can work on this.
5. Water and Paint Easel has stayed the same.
6. Writing Center – My students have been anxious to print real “words”. I have placed a “how to draw a simple cat” sheet in this center. I have also typed: I can print the word _________. The students can draw the cat according to the “how to draw sheet” and complete the sentence by printing the word cat.
7. Playdough and Lego
9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym
10:15 – 10:30 Bathroom Break and Snack
10:30 – 10:45 Literacy Centers
Alphabet Guide for Sorting
Review the letter “Tt” sound. On the Smart Board together do the “c, a and t” sorting activity. If you are a member and do not have access to a “Smart Board” use the alphabet picture cards instead. Login to your account and under the heading “Alphabet Program” you will find a sub heading “Alphabet Pictures”. You can access picture cards for each letter of the alphabet.
If you are a member, you will have access to the “c, a, and t” sorting Smart Board activity. This will be found in a number of places: “Apples and Numbers Theme” , “Smart Board Activities Link” and “My Plans Link”.
Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer Monitoring
Many of my students do not know all the names of the alphabet letters so this Center will be devoted this. I am going to start with seven letters to begin with (Aa – Gg). They will be placing the letters in the correct order using a guide. After, they are in order they will point and say what the letters are (can sing them using the well-known “Alphabet Song) to a parent volunteer. After a few weeks I will be taking the guide away and see if they can place these seven letters in the correct order and say the letter names. I am combining both upper and lower-case letters.
Alphabet Picture Card
Station One – Two students place the mixed-up picture alphabet letter cards in the correct order using a guide (related to the animated song video). After, one student will close their eyes while the other student takes away a letter picture card; the other student will guess which one is missing. They can also try placing the letters in correct order without the guide.
Station Two – Two students will put the magnetic letters in the correct order using a guide. Similar follow-up activities to the above.
Station Three – Two students will put the mixed-up letters in the pocket chart in the correct order using a guide. Similar follow-up activities to the above.
Students will be rotating to the different stations.
Note: If you are a member you can access the “Alphabet Letter Picture Cards” and “Letter Cards” used to make these stations. These are found on the member homepage under the heading “My Plans”.
Alphabet Sound Sorting Mat
Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – With Teacher
I will be assisting the students to help them determine what sounds they hear at the beginning of each word. These will be the review sounds “c, a, t”. Objects have been placed in the mystery bag and rice tub. There is a total of 6 students in this Center. Two students will be at the rice tub, mystery bag and Smart Board. They will take turns pulling out objects from mystery bag and rice tub and determine what sound the objects begin with and placing these on the sorting mats accordingly. If you are a member, I have placed the “c, a and t” printables to make the sorting mat in “My Plans” link.
Center 3 – Printing Center
Students will be practicing forming the letter “Tt”. I have placed magnetic boards, white boards and gel pens in this Center for them to practice. They can rotate using the different printing tools. The next day, they will be completing their printing book. Different versions of this book can be found in the link below.
11:30 – 11:45 Circle Time
-Calendar, count days on calendar, count how many days they have been in school, add this many straws to the 10′s cup.
-Sing “Days of the Week” display video on Smart Board.
-Sing “The Apple Tree” song found in the “Alpha Tunes CD”.
11:45 – 12:00 Bathroom Break and Get Ready for Recess
12:00 – 12:25 Lunch Recess
12:25 – 1:00 Wash Hands and Eat Lunch
1:00 – 1:40 Play Center Time
Groups switch from this morning.
1:40 – 1:55 Bathroom Break and Get Ready for Recess
1:55 – 2:45 Math Concepts and Math Tubs
Concept – Sorting Vegetables
This week week we will be making vegetable soup to celebrate harvest time. The students have contributed vegetables to add to the soup. We will now be identifying these vegetables and sorting them.
Note: Math tubs used were mentioned in previous blog post.
Distribute math tubs. Select a tub to demonstrate a rule of sorting. Students produce a sorting rule using the tubs. Once they have a rule they must put up their hand and explain it to you.
Show and Share
Every week we have a “Star Student”. During this week this student is allowed to bring in a “Show and Share”. The object is hidden from the class and clues are given as to what it is. The rest of the class must guess as to what the object is by the clues given.
Q-Bear Home Project
We have a stuffed bear within our classroom that the student also takes home for the week. The students are to dicate to their parents about adventures they have together (real or imaginary). This is returned and read to the rest of the class. I have given the parents the option to allow the student to take home the stuffed bear or a picture of it (due to allergies and other concerns).
During the student’s special week the class generates what is unique or special about the student. I print this on chart paper, modelling the writing process. After, I type this up along with a picture of the student and place this in their memory scrapbook. Special projects and crafts are placed in their scrapbooks as a memory of Kindergarten.
2:45-3:10 Bathroom and Get Ready for Dismissal
3:10 Bus Students Leave
3:15 Walking Students Leave
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