This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann. This lesson plan is part of a nine-week program (or longer) to meet the majority of the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten curriculum outcomes. A balanced literacy approach is used within the Kinderplans teaching resources. This approach has proven to be the most effective model used in teaching today.
All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using popular literature selections for modeled reading. In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann.
Shared Reading Follow-Up
The companion emergent reader “Zoo Escape” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:
Alphabet Letters: Gg for “gorilla” and Zz for “zebra”
Pre Primer Sight Words: here, run, away, not
Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities
The games outlined below are follow-up activities that are used to reinforce what has been taught using the emergent reader as an introduction to the focus skills. A collage of the activities/games are provided in the photograph below.
Spin and Print
Playing partners spin and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture they landed on.
Draw and Print
Students draw a picture card and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound displayed in the picture collage below.
Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity
Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities as displayed in the photograph below.
Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities
Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units. These lesson plans include suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.
Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for
Spin and Print
Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (here, run, away, not).
In this game focus sight words are printed on a blank die. Students roll the die and print the focus sight word on the templates provided.
Roll, Move and Say
Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly on the game board provided. They must say the sight word that they landed on.
Draw and Say
Playing partners take turns drawing a word card and saying the word displayed. They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.
All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed below. The templates to complete this activity is found within the unit. The students would colour and cut out the zoo quilt of the featured zoo animals.
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