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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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?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Mo Willems Pigeon Series Literacy Unit for Pre-Kindergarten

 

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Easter Fine-Motor Coloring Activities

In this blog post you will find ten Easter egg template designs where the students trace the dotted lines, color and cut their chosen egg design.  These type of activities help foster greater fine-motor development. Many students are now arriving in our classrooms with less exposure to coloring and cutting, which were essential in them developing fine-motor skills.  It is now up to the school to provide intervention activities that help foster this development.

 

Note:  These activities do not necessarily have to be done in conjunction with Easter.  These could be done in relation to doing a theme on “Eggs”.

 

Suggestion One – Using Pastels or Crayons

Students trace the dotted lines with a marker and experiment with using pastels or crayons to make a colorful egg.  After the egg can be cut and glued to construction paper and displayed on the bulletin board.

Egg Using Pastels

Egg Using Pastels

Suggestion Two – Using Felt Markers

The students can trace over the dotted lines using markers to make a colorful egg design.

Egg 2

 

Sample of Blank Blank Easter Template

The photograph below gives you an idea of what a blank egg design template looks like.

Sample Template

Sample Template

Connection to Reading

If you have followed me in the past you will be aware that I connect all activities to reading. The emergent reader “Funny Enormous Eggs” could be used in conjunction with completing these activities.  The reader would be used for shared, guided and independent reading activities.  It is found in the “Colors” theme unit.

Emergent Reader

Emergent Reader

Tracing, Coloring and Cutting Egg Templates
You will find the tracing, coloring and cutting egg templates in the link below:

 

Tracing, Coloring, Cutting Egg Templates 

 

More Easter Activities

In the link below you will find more Easter related activities:

 

More Easter Activities

 

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First Week Pre-Kindergarten

Ideas for First Week

In this blog post I have outlined ideas that you can incorporate for your first week of school.

 

Play Centers

Kissing Hand Emergent Reader

Kissing Hand Emergent Reader

When the students first arrive they must locate their name tag placed on a table.  They are assisted with putting their name tag on. They are directed to a play center of their choice prior to meeting for circle time. The “Play Centers” could include playdough, different construction toys, craft materials, puzzles, computer, math manipulatives,  etc.

 

Name Game During Circle Time

We get in a circle and each child rolls the ball to a different student.  Each student introduces themselves when the ball is rolled to them.

 

Exploring the School – Treasure Hunt

I explain to the children that I found a mystery letter.  I read it to them.  We explore the school looking for the treasure.  At each location there is a heart-shaped letter directing us to where we should look next.  This is a fun way to have the students become familiar with the school.   I have a treasure box that was packed with stickers from Scholastic that is placed at our final destination.  I put decorative rocks in it (one for each student).  I explain that it is their lucky rock to hold when they feel a little scared or miss their parents.

Name Activities

Name Activities

 

Read Aloud

I always use the book “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn for the first day because it relates well to how some of the children might feel.

 

Shared Reading

I project the simple retelling emergent reader of the story on the Smart Board (found in your Free Sample Friendship theme).  We read this together as I model the reading process.  I will do this for a few days before sending it home with the students.  Sign-up form on page link below:

 

Sign-up Form

 

Name Activities

The first week of the school year the focus is on learning and recognizing names within the classroom.  In the new Pre-K Curriculum you will find name activities that would be incorporated in the first day and week of school.  In the link below you will find the first few pages of the teacher’s guide that outline these activities.  You will also find more activities in your free “Friendship” theme unit that you should have received when you signed-up for the bi-weekly newsletter.

 

First Few Pages of Pre-K Teachers Guide

 

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Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Activities

INCORPORATING FIVE SENSES WITHIN YOUR CHRISTMAS THEME

Christmas and Five Senses

Christmas and Five Senses

During the month of December (when I was teaching Kindergarten) I incorporated the “Five Senses” theme in relation to Christmas.  The spirit of the season allowed for so many opportunities to incorporate this theme.  On my website and within the Christmas theme unit you will find ideas on how to incorporate the “Five Senses Theme”.

 

Incorporating Five Sense Into Your Christmas Theme

 

NEW CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS READER

Christmas SymbolsIf you have followed my newsletters and blog, you would have discovered that I use and create many reproducible readers to offer my students an engaging and balanced literacy approach to reading in the early years.  Now that I teach grade one, this has not changed. Even though I have access to a variety of reading series, I still find myself creating little books that address the needs of my students better.  There is not one Christmas story within our reading series, so I created two.  In our Social Studies curriculum we are to introduce symbols that represent our community.  I thought I would introduce this concept by looking at symbols that are representative of Christmas.  I will use the reader below as a base to introduce this concept.  The students are to read, color and complete the interactive components of the reader.  Feel free to use these!

 

Christmas Symbols Reader – Easy Version

Christmas Symbols Reader – Harder Version

 

Christmas Traditions  Reader

Christmas Traditions Reader

New Christmas Traditions Reader and Follow-up Writing Activities

Another Social Studies outcome is for my students to identify different traditions practiced within their community.  I thought discussing Christmas traditions within our classroom would be a great platform to introduce this concept.  The reader “Our Christmas Traditions” is meant to help my students understand what a tradition is and lead to a discussion on different ones practiced within our classroom.  After, they will write about this, using one of the templates found in the links below.  Feel free to use these writing templates!  The reader is only available to paid members or individuals accessing the Christmas theme unit as it has been professionally illustrated.

 

Christmas Traditions Writing Template 1

Christmas Traditions Writing Template 2

Christmas Traditions Writing Template 3

Craft and Writing Activity

Craft and Writing Activity

 

WRITING AND CRAFT ACTIVITY – CONVINCING SANTA

I can’t wait to do this activity.  I did a similar activity when I was teaching Kindergarten but now my students are more capable (now teaching grade one).  My students are to convince Santa that they are deserving of his visit.  Within my school we focus on different positive character virtues.  We will reflect back on those virtues and discuss how they have practiced these and they must relay this to Santa.  I wanted to make this activity different from the traditional “Dear Santa” letter, where the students list what they want.  In this activity the students must convince Santa that they are worthy of his visit.  Template to complete this activity is found in the Christmas theme unit.

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Halloween Literacy Activity

What’s In The Cave?

Halloween Emergent Reader and Activities

Halloween Emergent Reader and Activities 

In our classroom we have a large black box that has become a cave.  You can also use sheets draped over chairs. The students crawl through the cave with a flashlight to find a lazy lizard, a fat bat, a clever snake, a friendly frog, a shy spider, a gentle bird and a busy beetle.  The pictures found in the link below can be used for this.  We use plastic ones. Each time they find one of these, they mark it off on the sheet provided in the link below.

First, I will read the book What’s in the Cave?  This book is now out of print but I have created a retelling of it in the link below.  I will project the book on the Smart Board for the students to view and model the reading process to them. I will also download the Smart Board activity on the classroom computers so the students can drag the animals mentioned in the text to the cave.  After, they can draw a picture of a monster they might see in the cave (using the drawing tools).

Each student will receive a black and white version of the book to read to their parents. During guided reading time I will take a small group of students with me to read the book again.  They will also draw a picture of a monster that they might find in the cave.  After, this group will explore the cave and look for the animals mentioned in the book and mark these off on the sheet.  The other students are doing a craft with my assistant, on the computers or visiting the other Halloween stations.

 

What’s In the Cave Color Version

 

What’s In the Cave Black and White Version

 

Follow-up Smart Board Activity

Go to the web page found in the link below to download the follow-up Smart Board activity.  You will find it at the bottom of the page where it says “Halloween Theme”.

 

Smart Board Follow-up Activity

 

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