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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

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?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Guided Reading, Sight Word/Alphabet Program

 

 

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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?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Rainbow Fish Literacy Lesson Plans

 

 

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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

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

The The It Rained Hearts Literacy Lesson Plans Unit

 

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Phonics Sounds Ordering Guide

Importance of Phonics

Research has proven that phonics needs to be taught within our classrooms.  There are different approaches to teaching phonics, which are outlined in the link below:

 

Different Approaches to Teaching Phonics and Findings

 

Kinderplans Phonics Program

The Kinderplans phonics program uses a combination of these approaches.  The video below provides an informative description of the program.

 

Ordering of Teaching Phonics

How should different phonics sounds be introduced in terms of ordering?  I have often been perplexed by this myself.  Below is a guide that will provide assistance with planning.  I have also provided visuals that I use when I go beyond teaching just the consonants and vowels.  The Kinderplans alphabet program provides effective visuals for teaching the consonants and vowels.Letter Ff

 

Consonants 

Single consonants are the easiest to learn.  Consonants can be divided into three categories:

 

Stretchable Consonants

These are the easiest for the learners to remember and hear.  When you say the letter name you can hear its corresponding sound be stretching the end.

l, f, m, n, r, s, v, z

Plosive ConsonantsLetter Bb

You can hear the sound in these letter names as well but air flow does not allow you to stretch the sounds.

b, d, j, k, p, t and q

Tricky Consonants

The consonants below are trickier because you cannot hear the sound within the letter name.

c, g, h, w, x and y

VowelsLetter Hh

Short vowels are taught first because phonics rules often determine if a long vowel sound is made.

 

Consonant Digraphs

The next group of sounds to be taught are the vowel digraphs.  These are consonants that come together to make a special sound.    The most common digraphs are outlined below:

sh, ch, wh, th

Consonant Blends

This is when two are more consonants are blended together.  Some common consonant blends are outlined below:sh and magic e

bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp, st

 

Final “e”

The next group, are the final “e” words.  This is when the long vowel sound is taught in relation to the “e” being placed in the final position of the word.

make, pine, kite, cone

 

Vowel Digraphs

This is when two vowels are together in a word.  These together can make a long vowel sound heard by the first vowel, but this does not always occur.

boat, read, pay, feet, Vowel Digraphs

 

Vowel Diphthong

Is a combination of two adjacent sounds within one syllable.  Examples of vowel diphthongs are outlined below:

out, soil, toy, haul

 

R-Controllers

The letter “r” controls the sounds the vowel is going to make.

teacher, shark, star, birdr-controllers

 

Fabulous Freebies – Phonics Visuals

In the link below are visuals that I use to teach other phonics sounds once my learners have master the consonant and vowels sounds.

 

Phonics Visuals

 

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Rhyming Activities

I have noticed that children are arriving in our classrooms with limited exposure to the concept of rhyme.  Exposure to nursery rhymes and rhyming books are becoming more limited in the home environment.  This makes the literacy journey even more challenging for these learners.  I have been spending a significant amount of time providing this exposure to my learners.  Below you will find activities that I have been employing to assist them.

 

Rhyming Books

Rhyming Books

My Favorite Rhyming Books

These are a few of my favorite rhyming books.  Allowing students to hear rhyme within literature selections is a significant step forward in developing the learner’s ability to distinguish rhyme.

1.  Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson – great to use with the Fall theme

2.  Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – great to use for Halloween

3.  Sheep in a Jeep – by Nancy E. Shaw

4.  I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More – by Karen Beaumont

5.  Silly Sally – by Audrey Wood

6.  Llama Llama Red Pajama – by Anna Dewdney

7.  Llama Llama Misses Mama – by Anna Dewdney

8.  Rhyming Dust Bunnies – by Jan Thomas

9.  Jamberry – by Bruce Degan

10. Giraffes Can’t Dance – by Giles Anderae

11. There’s a Bear on My Chair – by Ross Collins

 

Rhyming Game

Spin-A-Rhyme Board Game

Rhyming Dictation

I have been working with small groups to develop their ability to hear rhyming words.  I dictate words that rhyme and those that don’t.  The students must acknowledge if the words rhyme or not by telling me “yes” or “no”.  I also dictate three words and the students must tell me which two rhyme.  In the link below you will find some examples that I have used.

 

Spin-A-Rhyme Board Game

This is a game I play in a small group setting.  I place a the spinner board in a paper plate and attach a spinner.  We discuss the pictures first.  Each student is given a small picture game card and bingo chips.  Each player takes a turn to initiate the spinner.  Each student decides which picture rhymes on their game card and places a bingo chip on the corresponding picture.  This is done as a group initially.  After, they play with partners.

 

Rhyming Matching Board Game 

This is another game I play in a small group initially. I copied and placed the rhyming pictures on poster board marked off with a grid. The students drew a card and placed the picture beside the rhyming match. (example:  clown and crown, ball and doll).

Rhyming Matching Game

Rhyming Matching Game

 

Word Work

Each day we print on our erasable whiteboards.  I introduce a word family and have the students only change the initial letter. They learn that this not only changes what the word says but also that all the words rhyme (examples:  cat, bat, mat, sat, etc.)

 

Rhyming Mini Unit – Special Deal Until End of November

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Rhyming Mini Unit

Rhyming Mini Unit

 

More Information on the Rhyming Mini Unit

 

Fabulous Freebies!

Each blog post I l also try to include some fabulous freebies.  In the link below you will also find some free rhyming resources.

 

Free Rhyming Resources

 

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Phonological Awareness Activities

Significant Correlation Between Learning to Read and Phonological AwarenessPhonological Awareness Pyramid

I am now teaching grade one and have come to realize the importance that phonological awareness plays in relation to children being able to read.  The students who are unable to identify rhyming matching words are the ones struggling with learning to read.  As a result, my focus for the month of January is to have these students exposed to more rhyming read alouds.

 

What Is Phonological Awareness?

I have posted the video below previously but this is for the benefit of the readers that have not seen it. It does a terrific job of explaining phonemic and phonological awareness.

Rhyming Read Aloud

Rhyming Read Aloud

 

Pre-Reading Skills Video

 

Focus on Rhyming Activities

The Read Aloud 

For every theme I did, I always tried to ensure that my read alouds included a rhyming book.  If you using the “Alphabet Program” the theme for January is “Ocean”.  I have listed some “Ocean” read alouds that make use of rhyme.  Having our learners listen to rhyme and word play is one of the best methods of exposing them to phonological awareness activities such as rhyming.

 

1.  Gizmo the Octopus by Mark Hooper

Spinning Rhyming Game

Spinning Rhyming Game

2.  Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck  ***

3.  Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

4.  The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

5.  Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood

6.  The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

 

Spin-A-Rhyme Board Game

I also included phonological awareness activities in my literacy centers.  The game displayed above is one my students really enjoyed. Partner players take a turn spinning a top and must place a bingo chip on the rhyming picture match.  (Example:  the top landed on a picture of a rake and a bingo chip was placed on the picture of a snake).

Rhyming Matching Game

Rhyming Matching Game

 

Rhyming Matching Board Game 

This is another game I had at my literacy centers. I copied and placed the rhyming pictures on poster board marked off with a grid.  The students drew a card and placed the picture beside the rhyming match. (example:  clown and crown, ball and doll).

 

Word Work

Each day we print on our erasable whiteboards.  I introduce a word family and have the students only change the initial letter. They learn that this not only changes what the word says but also that all the words rhyme (examples:  cat, bat, mat, sat, etc.)

 

Rhyming Mini Unit – Special Deal Until End of January!Rhyming Mini Unit

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More Information on the Rhyming Mini Unit

 

Fabulous Freebies!

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Free Rhyming Resources

 

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Working With Struggling Readers

The Logics of English

The Logics of English

I just read the book “The Logic of English” written by Denise Eide.  This is a great resource for teachers in terms of assisting you with integrating phonics instruction into your program. I intend to use this resource to strengthen my phonics instruction within my grade one class. She advocates that all students should be taught reading within a systematic phonics program and this would result in improving the nation’s reading scores and reduce the amount of struggling readers. This is debatable but I do believe that phonics instruction is important and should be integrated into a balanced literacy framework.  I learned to read and started my teaching career based on phonics programs that included rules, worksheets and where most of the phonics instruction was taught in isolation of text. This became obsolete once the “whole language approach” emerged.  Experienced teachers such as myself remained teaching phonics in conjunction with using a “whole language approach.”  In 2000 the “International Reading Panel” tried to settle the wars between the two opposing philosophies and out of this was born a “balanced literacy” approach to learning.  I feel that all classrooms today should be using this framework to guide their reading and writing instruction.

 

The link below from John Hopkins School of Education outlines the reasons some children struggle with reading and possible intervention programs.  It does note that these students do benefit from a systematic phonics program. However, most of these programs are meant to be used within a small learning group setting.

 

Reasons Students Struggle With Reading and Intervention Suggestions

 

How I Tackled My Dilemma in Teaching Phonics

I have always believed that phonics instruction is very important but I struggled for many years on how to incorporate it effectively.  Teaching in isolation of text seemed very disjointed and not that meaningful to my learners.  When I started incorporating phonics instruction within my reading selections, I started to enjoy teaching phonics and it just flowed naturally.

 

Zoo Escape Reader

Zoo Escape Reader

Example of Phonics Instruction For Hard “Gg” Sound

I introduce the letter “Gg” and its related sound through reading the book “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann.  This is followed by reading the reader “Zoo Escape” as a shared and guided reading instruction (based on a balanced literacy model).

At the beginning of the Kindergarten year I only teach the hard “Gg” sound and later the soft “Gg” sound.

 

Importance of Follow-up Activities – Word Work

Literacy Center Games

Literacy Center Games

Literacy Center Games

It is obvious that just introducing the letter is not enough for the students to fully internalize the concept. Follow-up activities are crucial in fully grasping how this sound works in conjunction to printing and reading.  The literacy center games are meant to be used for this purpose.  The link below outlines the process in which I go through for my students to fully grasp the concept of learning new letters and their related sounds.

 

 Follow-up Activities 

 

Dictation – Extending Word Work

“When writing by hand, the movement involved leave a motor memory in the sensorimotor part of the brain which helps us recognize letters.  This implies a connection between reading and writing, and suggests that the sensorimotor system plays a role in the process of visual recognition during reading.”

Word Dictation

Word Dictation

 

Anne Mangen Univeristy of Stavanger, Norway

 

The above statement supports the idea that students do not internalize the connection to the letter and sound until they are able to print that letter. This has also been my experience. For this reason, each day I have a short dictation period where my students print on their erasable whiteboards.  I will dictate words and they must print the initial letter that represents that word.  By the end of the year, most students can print the entire word (usually CVC words). This is part of my word work and phonics instruction and is a very important one.

 

Extending the Concept To “Soft Gg” – Later In The Year

When doing the fairy tale theme we read different versions of the book “The Gingerbread Man”.  This is followed-up by looking at the letter “Gg” and introducing the other sound it makes.  The reader “Gingerbread Man Perseveres” is used as a shared and guided reading follow-up.

Gingerbread Man Perseveres Reader

Gingerbread Man Perseveres Reader

 

Spelling Rule

You may introduce the following spelling rule as outlined in the book “The Logic of English.”

Gg may soften to /j/ when followed by e, i, or y.  Otherwise it says /g/.

 

Summary

Phonics instruction is important especially for those students who are not strong visual learners.  These students are auditory learners and need phonics instruction.  For me, I like to teach phonics in conjunction with the stories that I am reading and incorporating into my word work blocks.  For kinesthetic learners, printing the letter(s) in conjunction with learning the phonograms is an important step in internalizing how they are used in representing sound units within writing and reading.

The book “The Logic of English” will provide you with all the different phonograms that we use in the English language.  It also provides you with all the different spelling rules that can be applied when learning to spell English words.  It is a great book to read to provide guidance on how you can approach your phonics lessons and spelling instruction. I would tend to stick with teaching the consonants and the two vowel sounds (long and short) initially at the pre-k level.

 

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Is Teaching Printing Still Important?

Is Teaching Printing and Handwriting Still Important In This Digital Age?

Teaching Printing

Teaching Printing

Increasingly more students are arriving in our classrooms never having the opportunity to hold a pencil, coloring and cutting with scissors and fine-motor skills are lagging.  I have certainly noticed a significant decline since I started teaching 34 years ago. This blog post is meant to address some of these concerns.  How often do you hear, “children do not need to know how to print because they will just learn to type.”  Research has been done in this area and supports the importance of still learning to print

 

Importance of Learning to Print – Correlates to Learning to Read

A 2012 study showed that young children who attempted to write letters on a blank piece of paper demonstrated similar brain functionality used by adults when reading and writing.  Children who only traced letters or shapes with dotted lines, or those who typed the letter on the computer showed no such effect.  Their brain functionality for activating the same skill level was much weaker.

 

Printing and Writing Results In Better Retention

The video below discusses how printing/writing results in better retention.

 

Handwriting Versus Typing

Handwriting Versus Typing

Teaching Printing In Relation to Learning Letters and Sounds

The research above confirms the importance of teaching printing in conjunction with learning letters and sounds.  There is such a huge connection between learning letters and sounds and printing the letter.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the importance of learning to print should not be overlooked even in this digital age.  I believe even more research is going to become available showing the same outcomes.  Below I have posted a few printing “Literacy Centers” ideas.

 

Literacy Games That Promote Fine-Motor and Letter Learning

The game displayed below was one of my student’s favorite Literacy Center games. I place the picture circle graph in a paper plate so the top would not roll off.  The students must twist the spinner (great for fine-motor) and print the letter represented by the picture the spinner lands on.

Spinning Alphabet Board Game

Spinning Alphabet Board Game

Roll, Count, Move and Print Game

This is a great game to assist in letter learning and printing and also incorporates math. Students roll a die and move their game player accordingly. They must print the letter that represents the sound of the picture they landed on.

Literacy Center Game

Literacy Center Game

Draw and Print

As a member of the Kinderplans site you have access to 156 alphabet picture cards.  The students would draw a picture card and print the letter represented.

 

Draw and Print

Draw and Print

CVC Word Printing

As a member of the site you will have access to 45 CVC picture cards.  Students can make words as displayed in the photograph below.

 

Making CVC Words

Making CVC Words

More Literacy Center Ideas

In the link below you can find more Literacy Center ideas.

 

>More Literacy Center Ideas

 

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