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 “Yy and Qq” and Dolch pre-primer words: go, to, find, little are introduced. The mini unit includes follow-up games, writing and craft activities.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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