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?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Good Night Gorilla Literacy Lesson Plans

 

 

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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Crafts

Father's Day Craft Project

Father’s Day Craft Project

Treasured Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Crafts/Gifts

I have always been perplexed about what my students could create that woud be a treasured Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas gift.   A couple of years ago our Kindergarten classes decided to have the “Clay Teacher” come into our classrooms and direct a pottery lesson for making a Father’s Day gift.  I have to say, the end result was that special gift that would be treasured by parents for many years down the road.  It was also a rewarding lesson for our students.  Since their visit, the owner decided to retire but has blessed us with online tutorials of how we can repeat the lesson.  I wanted to share these with you as you can also start directing your own clay projects after watching these videos and do these inexpensively.

Mother's Day Picture Frame

Mother’s Day Picture Frame

 

Important Tips About Working With Clay

The video posted by the “Clay Teacher”  outlines very important tips about working with clay.  It answers where to get cheap clay and what type is best.

 

Very Important Tips About Working With Clay Video

 

Step By Step Tutorial For Doing a Clay Picture Frame

The link below outlines a step-by-step process in making a clay picture frame.

 

 

Tea Light Holder

Tea Light Holder

Step By Step Tutorial On How To Make a Clay Picture Frame 

 

Mother's Day Plaque

Mother’s Day Plaque

Mother’s Day Clay Projects

I will likely make the picture frame she demonstrated in the video above.  I will play the video a number of times on my Smart Board prior to beginning the project.  This will give my students a foundation as to what to expect prior to tackling the project.  I haven’t decided if I am going to do this as a whole group yet or have my assistant pull a small group. Since this is a Mother’s Day surprise I can’t really ask for parent volunteers.  I have posted pictures of other projects that would be fun to tackle in the future.

 

In the video, she demonstrated using a toothpick to make the hole in the middle, I would use the a circular object instead (top of a cup).

 

More Mother’s Day Craft/Gift Ideas

In the link below you will find more Mother’s Day craft/gift ideas.

 

Mother Day Craft/Gift Ideas

 

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