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About Elaine

Kinderplans.com was established in 2005 by Elaine Engerdahl (me). I have taught a number of primary grades in my 27 years of teaching, specializing in the area of reading instruction. When I was asked to teach kindergarten many years ago; this proved to be a challenge because there were few resources available. I realized then that there were expectations to introduce early reading skills. A child entering grade one with this early introduction would experience more academic success in their years ahead. Having taught many grades, including grade one, I had gained an understanding of the reading process and wanted to transfer this knowledge to my kindergarten teaching. I was concerned about the programs that were offered at the kindergarten level. Many of the programs introduced the letters and sounds in isolation of meaning. It was my goal to integrate many skills within the reading content books (emergent readers that are offered on the site). This teaching integration is crucial in achieving the curriculum outcomes and making early reading more meaningful to the students. The "Alphabet Program" was developed and has evolved over the last few years. It is meant to assist you in making your job easier. Countless hours of work has been put forth in developing the program to make it the most effective and engaging learning experience for the students. For teachers, the main objective was to meet the majority of the curriculum in providing a quality program and save you valuable time. I know if I had this program when I first started teaching kindergarten, it certainly would have saved me countless hours of searching for ideas. If the program and all the supplemental resources are followed; the majority of the kindergarten curriculum would be met in both language arts, math and other areas of the curriculum. Many school jurisdiction's curriculum guidelines have been researched and I feel confident that many of the objectives will be met when using the program. I still teach part-time but the site has become a full-time commitment. It is so rewarding when I receive e-mails how the resources have proved to be valuable in Kindergarten, Preschool, Second Language Learning and Special Education. New resources are continually being developed or current ones being revised to provide assistance to members and visitors to the site. I am committed to provide the most valuable and quality resources possible.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Pete the Cat Scuba Cat” written by James Dean.  Other similar selections written by this author could also be used for instructional purposes.  This unit is included in the Alphabet Program, which covers the majority of the Pre-Kindergarten outcomes.  All the alphabet letters and Pre-primer Dolch sight words are introduced within this program.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

 

Modeled Reading or Reading Workshop

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using popular literature selections for modeled reading or reading workshop.  In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use “Pete the Cat Scuba Cat” and other similar literature selections written by this author.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Exploring the Ocean with Ollie Octopus” would be used a follow-up to reading the literature selection.  The color version of the reader would be projected for all the students to view.  The teacher would model the reading process teaching early reading skills, the focus alphabet letters and sight words.

 

Alphabet Letters:  Oo for “octopus and ocean”,  Jj for “jellyfish” and Ww for “whale” 

 

Pre-Primer Sight Words:  this unit is a review one

 

Exploring the Ocean Reader

Exploring the Ocean BW Reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 are related to the reading selections.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Collage copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Suggested review sight word games are included.  The games in this unit do not have specific words attached to it.  The purpose of this lesson plan unit is to review words introduced previously.

Review Sight Word Games

Review Sight Word Games

 

Writing Activity and Craft Activity

All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the crafts outlined in the unit and write facts about what they learned about these ocean animals.

 

whale craft

Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 7.00.38 PMjellyfish craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Pete the Cat Literacy Units

 

Pete the Cat Literacy Lesson Plans Unit

 

More Pete the Cat Literacy Units

 

Alphabet and Sight Word Program Information

 

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High Frequency Word Activities for Pre-K

Sight Word Alphabet Program and Addressing Pre-K Sight Word Knowledge

Each mini literacy unit includes activities that encompass learning all Pre-Primer Dolch sight words in a balanced literacy approach.  Listed below is the order in which these units are suggested to teach and also the focus sight words addressed in each unit.  Each unit relates to popular literature selections and include accompanying emergent readers that make use of these sight words.

1.  Library Lion Literacy

Guided Reading Sight Word Program

Guided Reading Sight Word Program

Sight words:  a, in, is

 

2.  Rainbow Fish Literacy

Sight words:  see, the, you

 

3.  Hands Are Not For Hitting Literacy

Sight words:  can, we, help, I

 

4.  Mouse Paint, Go Away Big Green Monster, The Nose Book Literacy

Sight words:  blue, red, yellow, come

 

5.  Little Cloud Literacy

Sight words:  look, up, and, find

Alphabet Sight Word Emergent Readers

Alphabet Sight Word Emergent Readers

 

6.  Ten Apples Up On Top Literacy

Sight words:  one, two, three

 

7.  Good Night Gorilla Literacy

Sight words:  here, run, away, not

 

8.  Green Eggs and Ham Literacy

Sight words:  where, here, go, red

 

9.  Clifford Literacy 

Sight Words: big, jump, play, funny

Literature Selections

Literature Selections

 

10.  I Wanna Iguana Literacy

Sight words:  make, me, for, my

 

11.  Pete the Cat the Scuba Cat Literacy

Sight words:  review

 

12.  The Day it Rained Valentine Hearts Literacy

Sight words:  it, the, down, yellow

 

13.  How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin Literacy

Sight words:  review

 

14.  Mo Willems Pigeon Literacy

Sight words:  go, to, find, little

 

Word Wall Words and Dictionary Booklets

Below are links to the versions of the dictionaries your students could use as a reference for writing.

 

Version 1:  Is meant to be copied as a full-page book format.  It has lines where you can print your own words

 

Version 2:  Is meant to be copied as a half-page book format.  It also has lines where you can print your own words.

 

Version 3:  Is meant to be copied as a full-page book format.  It includes the words displayed above.

Spelling Dictionary

 

Version 4:  Is meant to be copied as a half-page book format.  It includes the words displayed above.  This is the one I use.

 

Word Wall Dictionary – Blank Page – Booklet Cut in Half

Word Wall Dictionary – Blank Page – Full Page Booklet

 

Word Wall Dictionary – Word Wall Words Included – Half Page

 

Word Wall Dictionary – Word Wall Words Included – Full Page

 

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Guided Reading Sight Word – Alphabet Program

Explanation of the Guided Reading Sight Word – Alphabet Program

An explanation of the program can be found in the video below:

Alphabet Program Explained

Alphabet Program Explained

 

Sample Lesson Plan Unit

Literature Selection for Developing Key Reading Skills and Reading Workshop

The literature selection for this specific lesson plan unit is based on the book Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen.  These literature selections and follow-up Alphabet/Sight Word emergent readers are used to introduce skills required for learning key reading concepts.  They can also be used for Reading Workshop focusing on making connections, asking questions, visualizing or drawing inferences.library_lion 2

Metacognition Thinking Prompts

-I’m thinking…

-I’m wondering..

-I’m picturing…

-It reminds me of…

-Maybe…

-I never though about…

-I just learned…

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up Emergent Reading

The companion emergent reader “Lion Likes to Read” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce early reading skills in a balanced literacy approach.

 

Colour Version

Colour Version

Black and White Version

Black and White Version

Booklet Version

Booklet Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Component

All black and white versions of the readers include an interactive and non-interactive option.  This interactive option adds another layer of developing reading comprehension and word skills.  In this unit the students cut an paste the correct “b” pictures to match that displayed in the text.

Interactive Component Lion Likes to Read
Lion Likes to Read Interactive Reader

 Booklet Version

New A booklet version of the readers has been recently added.  This version would be run through the copier, folded and stapled with the teacher instructing the copier to do so.  Instructions on how to do this are found within the program outline.  This will vary depending on your copier’s capabilities.  This allows educators to quickly reproduce a quality reading selection that addresses key curriculum outcomes in a balanced literacy approach.

 

Skill Focus

Alphabet Letters:  Ll for “lion” and Bb for “bear”

 

Dolch Pre Primer Sight Words:  a, in, is

 

Word Family:  ap

 

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.

Library Lion Collage copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities – All Dolch Pre-primer Sight Words Are Addressed In Program

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (a, in, is).

Dice

 

Roll and Print

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.

Library Lion Collage

 Writing/Craft Activity

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 are found within the unit.  The teacher copies the book template onto colored paper, students draw a picture of what they like reading about and add it to the cover of the book.  A head shot and hands would be added as displayed in the photograph displayed below.  The writing component would also be completed.

Lion Likes to Read Writing Craft

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

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Guided Reading, Sight Word/Alphabet Program

 

 

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Good Night Gorilla Literacy

This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann. This lesson plan is part of a nine-week Good Night Gorilla Literacyprogram (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.

 

Modeled Reading

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:

Good Night Gorilla BW

Good Night Gorilla BW

Good Night Gorilla Reader Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Alphabet Goodnight Gorilla Alphabet Activities

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (here, run, away, not).

 

Roll and Printsight word game rolling die

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.

 

Sight Words for Goodnight Gorilla

Writing/Craft Activity

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.

Good Night Gorilla Craft:Art

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

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Good Night Gorilla Literacy Lesson Plans

 

 

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Little Cloud Literacy Lessons

This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle and “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” written by Charles Shaw. This lesson plan is part of a nine-week Little Cloud Literacyprogram (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.

 

Modeled Reading

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 “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle and “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” written by Charles Shaw.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Cool Clouds” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

Little Cloud Reader BWLittle Cloud Reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Letters:  Cc for “cloud” and Kk for “kangaroo”

 

Pre Primer Sight Words:  look, up, and, find

 

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.

Little Cloud Alphabet

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (look, up, and, find).

 

Roll and Print

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.

 

Sight Word Activities

Writing Activity

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.

Little Cloud Art Work

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Little Cloud and It Looked Like Spilt Milk Lesson Plans and Activities

 

 

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Rainbow Fish Literacy Lesson Plans


Rainbow Fish LiteracyThis mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister.  Other similar selections written by this author could also be used for instructional purposes.  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.

 

Modeled Reading

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 Rainbow Fish written by Marcus Pfister and other similar literature selections written by this author.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Rainbow Fish Retelling” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Rr for “rainbow” and Ff for “fish”

 

Pre Primer Sight Words:  see, the, you

 

Rainbow Fish Reader Black and WhiteRainbow Fish Reader Colour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 based on the book “Rainbow Fish” include suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Rainbow Fish Literacy Games

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (see, the you).

 

Roll and Print

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.

Rainbow Fish Sight Word Games

 

Writing Activity

All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed below. The writing template is meant to be a shape book for your young learners to print a sentence about what they have learned about ocean animals.  The fish template was sponge-painted and thick aluminum foil was used for the scales.

 

Rainbow Fish Writing Craft 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

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Rainbow Fish Literacy Lesson Plans

 

 

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Clifford the Big Dog Literacy Lesson Plans

Kinderplans integrates literature in all the lesson plans.  Well-known and loved literature selections are chosen to incorporate key learning outcomes within a balanced literacy approach to learning.  This approach has proven to be the most effective in teaching young learners.  This specific unit uses the Clifford series by Norman Bridwell.
Clifford Literacy Lesson Plans

 

Modeled Reading

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using  popular literacy selections for modeled reading.  In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use any of her favorite Clifford books to read during modeled reading time.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Fox and the Big Dog” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Dd for “dog” and Xx for “fox”

 

Pre Primer Sight Words:  big, jump, play, funny

 

Clifford Follow-up Emergent Reader

Cliford Emergent Reader Follow-up B:W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

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 represented in the picture.

 

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.  This Clifford unit includes suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Alphabet Clips copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight word.

 

Roll and Print

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.

Clifford Sight Word Games

 

Writing Activity

All lesson plan units include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed below.  The templates to complete the craft are provided within the unit.  The writing template is also included.

Clifford Wirting Craft

 

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Access Clifford Literacy Unit

 

 

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Mo Willems Pigeon Literacy for Pre-Kindergarten

Young learners love the Pigeon series written by Mo Willems.  I wanted to integrate his books into my learning activities.  In this “Mo Willems Pigeon Literacy Unit” the letters “YyMo Willems Pigeon Literacy and Qq” and Dolch pre-primer words:  go, to, find, little are introduced.  The mini unit includes follow-up games, writing and craft activities.

 

Modeled Reading

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.

 

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

 

Transportation Emergent Reader Transportation Emergent Reader 2

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

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 represented in the picture.

 

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.  This unit includes suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Literacy Center Games Transportation

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the sight word.

 

Roll and Print

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 and must say the word landed on.

 

Draw and Say

Playing partners take turns drawing a word and saying the word displayed.  They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.

Transportation Sight Words

 

Writing Activity

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 below.

Transportation Writing

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.

Transportation Crafts

Where Can I Access These Resources?

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Mo Willems Pigeon Series Literacy Unit for Pre-Kindergarten

 

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The Day It Rained Hearts Literacy Lesson Plan

The “Alphabet and Sight Word” curriculum is being revised.  It has had a few revisions over the years, this new revision will allow users a more step-by-step

The Day It Rained Valentine Hearts Literacyprocess that can be easily implemented.  It follows a balanced literacy approach for introducing the alphabet letters and their related sounds and all the pre-primer sight words.  This is a brief preview of what is included in the new revised program.

 

Modeled Reading

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 selection “The Day It Rained Hearts” by Felicia is used.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “It Rained Valentine Hearts” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Uu and Vv

 

Sight Words:  it, down, yellow, the

Rained Hearts ReaderRained Valentine Hearts Reader Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

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 represented in the picture.

 

Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity

Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities as displayed in the photograph.

 

Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities

Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units.  This unit includes suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Alphabet Games Valentine Hearts

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the sight word.

 

Roll and Print

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 and must say the word landed on.

 

Draw and Say

Playing partners take turns drawing a word and saying the word displayed.  They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.

Sight Word Games Valentine Games

 

Writing Activity

All lesson plan units include a follow-up writing activity.

Rained Hearts Writng Activity

Simple Follow-up Crafts

In this craft activity the students would cut the frame and color the hearts according the words displayed on them.

Day It Rained Hearts Craft

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The The It Rained Hearts Literacy Lesson Plans Unit

 

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Winter Theme Activities

This is a Science lesson plan related to the “Winter Theme”.  I will be introducing the concept of hibernation.  The video below captures the concept of hibernation effectively for young learners.  Click on the words “Hibernation Video” to view it.

Hibernation Video

Follow-Up Activity

A discussion will follow about what the students learned in the video.  After, students will complete the worksheet found in the link below.  The worksheet requires them to identify animals that hibernate and those that don’t.  They will cut and paste the pictures accordingly.  The worksheet will also be used to further the discussion.

Hibernating Worksheet

Hibernating Worksheet

Hibernation Worksheet

 

 

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