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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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

This mini-unit is not offered as an individual purchase but is only available to members that purchase a membership.  For the month of October and November, I have decided to offer this as a single purchase (if you are an existing member, you will already be able to access this under the heading Literacy Centers).

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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Reading Readiness for Pre-Kindergarten

Research has shown that students who become readers are able to complete assessments successfully that include the skills outlined below.  It is important that students be systematically taught these skills within daily instructional time.

The Kinderplans program includes activities that focus on developing these skills.

Letter/Sound Isolation

Letter/Sound Isolation

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Phonological awareness is a broad term used where students exhibit the ability to hear and manipulate sounds. There is no connection in identifying specific letters but is exclusively based on the auditory component.  These skills are outlined below:

a)  Word detection is the ability to hear words within a sentence.  Dictate a simple sentence and have students identify each word.

Word Detection/Print Awareness

Word Detection/Print Awareness

b)  Syllable detection is the ability to clap or tap syllables within words.  This can also include compound words.

c)  Phoneme detection is the ability to hear sounds within words, for example, the word mat /m/a/t /has three phonemes.  In Kindergarten or Preschool the focus would be on hearing the initial sound first.  This would be followed by hearing ending and middle sounds.

Phoneme Detection Using A Puppet

Phoneme Detection
Using A Puppet

d)  Rhyme detection is the ability to identify rhyming pairs and also able to generate rhyming pairs.

Rhyming Picture Cards

Rhyming Picture Cards

e)  Syllable and phoneme blending is the ability to hear individual sounds and syllables and blend these back together to identify the related word.

Initial Sound Sorting Cards

Initial Sound Sorting Cards

 

Phonics

Is the ability to name letters and identify their related sounds.  If a child has developed good phonological awareness skills and is able to identify the letters of the alphabet and their related sound, they should be able to begin printing and reading simple CVC words by the end of Kindergarten.  There are 44 English phonemes but the Kinderplans program only focuses on 26 of them.  I teach the other phonemes in grade one.

 

44 phonemes

 

Print Awareness

The student is able to track words, move from left to right and top to bottom when reading.

Initial Sounds Sorting Workbook Page

Initial Sounds Sorting Workbook Page
Students cut a paste pictures representing
the initial focus sound.

 

Vocabulary Development

a)  The student has the ability to name objects, express feelings and actions.

b)  The student is able to complete an oral cloze activity (word deleted and able to generate one that makes sense).

 

All the examples displayed are

taken from the Pre-K curriculum.

 

More Information About the Program

 

 

Vocabulary -Feelings

Vocabulary -Feelings

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Important Pre-K Skills

One of the most important skills that should be taught at the Pre-K level is phonemic and phonological awareness.  I can’t stress the importance of teaching these skills to our early learners because they are the basis for learning to read. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and segment sounds.  We know that a student’s skills in phonemic awareness is a good predictor of later reading success or difficulty.  Since research has proven this time and time again, as a Pre-K or kindergarten teacher, this is a great place to start your literacy instruction.

Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness

 

What Is The Difference Between Phonemic and Phonological Awareness?

The video below outlines the difference between phonemic and phonological awareness.

 

Important Pre-Reading Skills

 

Pre-K Curriculum

The new Pre-K curriculum that has been developed contains lessons based on the phonological awareness model displayed on the right.  The skills outlined below address these key components within the lesson plans.

 

Information About Pre-K Curriculum

 

Sound Knowledge

-Isolate beginning sounds in words

-Segment and blend sounds in words

-Change a sound in a word to make a new word

 

Rhyme Knowledge

Pre-K Curriclum

Pre-K Curriclum

-Recognize rhyming word partners and be able to generate rhyming partners

 

Syllable Knowledge

-Clap and tap syllables within words

 

Word Knowledge

-Recognize how many words are within a sentence

 

Sample Mini-Lesson On Word Segmentation

Place the picture cards representing the words below in a pocket chart.  Say the words below segmenting each letter sound.  I say each letter sound very, very slowly or a I use a puppet named “Slow Speaking Sam” who says sounds in words slowly.  The students are to blend the sounds back together and identify the picture card that represents the word.

 

b/u/s          b/o/x          b/e/d         h/ou/se          s/u/n          p/i/g

 

Segmenting Picture Cards 

Below are the picture cards representing the words to be segmented.

 

 

 

Pre-K Curriculum Information

In the link below you can find more information on the Pre-K curriculum.

 

More Information About Pre-K Curriculum

 

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Pre-K Curriculum

I have been asked to create a Pre-K curriculum that addresses the “National Standards” but also meets the needs of ESL learners.  I am excited about this opportunity, but I know it will be a considerable amount of work.  The resources will be reproduced in hardcopy and distributed to places that do not necessarily have access to quality resources.  This is the reason for the different books.  I will also have an online version.

Note:  The curriculum only includes activities that address learning outcomes.   It does not include play center a ideas, which should still be included in the bulk of the curriculum.

Teacher's Guide

Teacher’s Guide

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

Student Workbook

Student Workbook

Student Resources

Student Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Input After Viewing Free Resources

I have created the first unit of study which is based on greeting each other and becoming familiar with names within their learning environment.  Please view and use the free resources.  I would really appreciate your input!!!

 

Pre-K Curriclum

Pre-K Curriculum

 

Teacher’s Guide

Teacher’s Resources

Student Workbook

Student Resources

 

 

 

Future Units of Study

All About Me

My Five Senses

My Body (taking care of it)

My Emotions

My Home and Family

My Family

My House

Colors

Pets

Food and Nutrition

Zoo and Animals

Transportation

Weather

Numbers and Shapes

 

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