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.”  More 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.



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 and print that letter on the chart provided.

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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Printing and Literacy Centers

Fine-Motor Skills

Pencil Grasps

Pencil Grasps

It is not uncommon for students to enter our classrooms never having the opportunity to hold a pencil, cut with scissors or unable to print their names.  The first few weeks or even a month is devoted to addressing these concerns and writing expectations must reflect this.  Unfortunately, in the computer age many students are arriving with even more delayed fine-motor abilities than in the past.  This does not make our jobs easier in moving forward faster.


When Are Children Ready For Formal Printing Instruction?

According to occupational therapists, children are not ready to learn formal printing until they are between the ages of five and six years old.  This creates a problem in many classrooms today as expectations to write increase.  I think with reasonable expectations, children at the kindergarten level can learn printing but not within a formal setting.  This will vary according the age of entry.


What Are Reasonable Expectations?

Some students will arrive in your classroom with proper pencil gasp, while others are still not fully developed. The link below is a great site that outlines the stages in which children develop proper pencil grasp.  I have witnessed all these different grasps.  After learning this information, I was no longer really concerned about the pencil grasps I was witnessing (our Kindergarten children are ages 4-5).


Stages in Developing Proper Pencil Grip


Does Proper Pencil Grip Guarantee Good Printing?

Proper printing grasp does not necessarily guarantee that a child will be able to print correctly but it is a first step.  There are so many other factors that come into play.


Does This Mean We Do Not Teach Printing In Kindergarten?

Practicing on Dry Erase Board Not A Proper Pencil Grasp

Practicing on Dry Erase Board
Not A Proper Pencil Grasp

Given curriculum expectations, this would not be an option for many.  Since there is such strong correlation between writing and learning the letters and sounds, I still taught my students proper letter formation (some of my students were four year olds).   Students who are able to apply what they know about letters and sounds in their writing have a much greater understanding of the alphabetic principle.  The fact that children are not developmentally ready for formal printing instruction until age five, did not deter me from still teaching it, I just lowered my expectations.

We often practiced printing the letters on dry erase boards with large erasable markers. I didn’t expect them to have perfect letter formation and pencil grasp at this point.  The sole purpose was making that physical connection with the letter.  By the end of Kindergarten, the majority of my students had proper pencil grasp and could print the letters correctly.  Many could also print CVC words because they learned about segmenting letters through phonemic awareness activities and printing. They were now ready to enter into grade one where they would receive more formal reading and printing instruction.


Literacy Center Games

Free Resources, Fine-Motor and Literacy Center Ideas

I often incorporated fine-motor activities into my Literacy Centers.  In the link below you will find ideas for your Literacy Centers and free resources!


Literacy Center and Fine-Motor Activities and Free Resources


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Beginning of School Year Organizational Ideas

What is a name wall?  A name wall is similar to a word wall but only the names in the classroom are posted.  This a great way to display your word wall for the beginning of the school year.  On pages 25-29 in your free Friendship theme unit you will find the letters that can be used as headings for your name and later word wall. The activities outlined below can be used in conjunction with using the name wall.

Name Plate

Name Plate Under Letter “Aa”


More name activities can be found on pages 21-24 in the Friendship theme.



1.  Students place their name under the correct alphabet letter.  This can be used as a quick introduction to the alphabet.

Name Matching

Name Matching

2.  I placed the letters of their names in a chart format as seen in the photograph above so the number of letters within the names can be easily counted. The students can also visually see who has the longest and shortest names in the classroom. These can also be cut and used for a center activity where the children can make each other’s names using a model (photograph on the right). A picture on the name card allows the students to connect the name to a face.

3.  The number of students under each alphabet letter can be counted to see what letter has the most and least amount of students.

4.  The names can be used for phonemic awareness activities (say each phoneme within the name very slowly and the class must guess what name you are saying).

5.  Break the names down into syllables by clapping them.



Name Printing Sheet

Name Printing Sheet

I had a significant amount of students who arrived in my classroom unable to print their name.  The few that could, printed it in all upper-case letters.  By the end of September, I expected them to be able to print their name using an upper-case at the beginning and the rest in lower-case.  Each morning when they arrived, they practiced printing their name and I also sent a practice sheet home.  The sheet on the right displays a copy of the sheet I used.  I had the sheet laminated and they used erasable markers to practice with.  They practiced on the dotted lines and the bottom half was for practicing without the dots.  Students with weak fine-motor control have difficulty with the dotted printing format so the bottom half allows them to be more successful.


I have purchased fonts to use for dotted printing but the one below is free and I felt is even better than the paid version.


Best Dotted Printing Font



I have finished revising all the themes (except for Colors or Colours and Valentines) to align with the Common Core standards. This was a huge undertaking as curriculums vary significantly.  I tried to make each theme flexible and varied in difficulty to meet the demand of these different curriculums.


In Canada the Kindergarten curriculum is still play-based with focus on developing early literacy and numeracy.  The new “Common Core” curriculum in the U.S. aligns more with what I am teaching in grade one (in Canada).  I can’t help but wonder how the little ones are coping with this demand???  I would certainly appreciate any feedback on this (below)………



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Teaching Ideas for the New School Year


Phonemic and Phonological Awareness

Phonemic and Phonological Awareness

Many of you will be entering the new school year and the excitement of meeting your little learners is mounting.  They will all enter with a wide range of skills and abilities.  With the curriculum expectations becoming more rigorous, we tend to omit the basics. When I started teaching kindergarten, I was so eager on getting these little ones learning the alphabet and start the process of writing and reading early.  I learned very quickly that the majority of my students didn’t understand the concept of what a beginning sound was nor could they hear it.  I had to take a step back and start with the basics.  This is where phonemic instruction comes into play.  The video in the link below does a fantastic job of explaining phonemic and phonological awareness.


Important Pre-Reading Skills


The graphic organizer displayed above was from the URL below.  Great Job!!!


Graphic Organizer and More Information on Phonemic Awareness


Importance of Phonemic Awareness

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.  I have outlined some fun and engaging activities below that can be used for segmentation and blending.


Slow Speaking Sam

Guessing the Word

Slow Speaking Sam Puppet

I have a puppet called “Slow Speaking Sam”.  He says sounds of words very, very slowly. My little ones have fun trying to figure out the word he is saying.  Together we blend the sounds to say the entire word.


Assigning Each Child A Sound

Sound Segmenting

Sound Segmenting

I have three students (to begin with) and assign them each a sound.  They each say their sound and the rest of the students must guess what the word is when you put all the sounds together (blending).


Money in the Bank and Taken Out

Move the Sound

Move the Sound

I show a CVC picture card (45 pictures on the Kinderplans site). Each child is given a cupful of pennies or whatever you have available.  The students move the pennies into the bank representing each sound heard.  After, they blend the sounds together to say the entire word while removing the pennies.  After the game, the students can count how many pennies they collected.


Money in the Bank Templates


Squeeze the Sound

Squeeze the Sound

Squeeze the Sound

Again, I show a CVC picture card.  The students must squeeze the ball each time a sound is heard. They blend the sounds together to say the entire word, while dropping the ball to the ground (do not want a ball that bounces). This is also great for developing fine-motor strength too!


Stretch the Sound

Stretching Sounds

Stretching Sounds

The students stretch each sound using a slinky or elastic band. These can bought at a Dollar store (love those stores).


Using Your Imagination

These are just a few examples but you get the idea of the possibilities.  The activities should involve some sort of movement in order to be effective.


When Do I Start Introducing the Alphabet Letters?

I only concentrate on phonemic awareness activities for the first week or so of the school year.  I still continue to do these throughout the year but I introduce the relationship to a letter.


Meeting Your Curriculum Outcomes

If the Kinderplans Alphabet program were to be followed the majority of your curriculum outcomes would be met.  The only area that is not covered is poetry.  I am working towards adding these to the collection of resources found on the site.

Alphabet Program

Alphabet Program


If you have poems that you use in your class to share, I would really appreciate them sent to me or post a comment below.


Alphabet Program Explained

I just recently posted a video on the site that explains the program.  Hop over to view it.


Alphabet Program Explained



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Plant and Seed Experiments

Can Seeds Grow Under Different Conditions?

Environmental Experiment

Environmental Experiment

Environmental Experiment One

In the last week my students have been planting lima bean seeds (they grow the fastest).  The students are experimenting to see if the seeds can grow under different conditions. The seeds are planted under the different conditions as described in the book “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle (placed into a cold refrigerator or freezer, water, sand with no water and in a garden like setting).  Observation booklet and explanation of the experiment is found in the link below:


Environmental Seed Experiment Observation Booklet One


Germination Experiment 

Experiment Two

This is another experiment I found to be really interesting.  The students placed a bean seed in a CD case and then watched it grow and labeled the plant parts.  This project is outlined in the link below:


Seed Planted In CD Case Steps


Follow-up Activities  - Observation Booklets

Seed Planted In CD Case

Seed Planted In CD Case

In the links below you will find a simple observation booklet where the children just draw picture of what they observed or draw and describe.


Observation Sheet – Students Draw Pictures of Their Observation


Observation Sheet – Students Draw Pictures and Describe Their Observation


Life Cycle of A Bean Plant Booklet – Cut and Assemble in Order

In the links below you will find two booklets that children can make where they cut and order the pages according to the life cycle of a bean plant.  After the booklet would be stapled together.


Life Cycle of Bean Plant (Cut, Assemble and Staple) Booklet

Life Cycle of Bean Plant (Cut, Assemble and Staple) Booklet

Cut and Order Pages Booklet According to Life Cycle of a Bean Plant- Pictures Labeled


Cut and Order Pages Booklet According to Life Cycle of a Bean Plant – Students Label Pictures


Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

More Plant Theme Ideas – Literacy and Math Connections

More related plant theme ideas can be found in the link below:


More Plant Theme Ideas



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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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Pre-K Guided Writing

Fairy Tale Theme for April-May

Fairy Tale Theme for April-May

Importance of Guided Writing Within Your Classroom

During the later part of the Kindergarten school year (February-June) I started pulling small groups of students to work with me on writing short sentences that  follow a pattern.  This writing is so important as it allows them practice what they have learned about letters and sounds and use of basic sight words.   I offer assistance in helping break down the words so they can hear the sounds.  I am now teaching grade one and I really noticed a difference with students that came into my classroom with this foundation.  I have outlined some writing samples from the Fairy Tale theme I used during the months of April-May.


Story Writing

It is such an exciting time of year when the majority of the students can apply what they have learned about letters and sounds through their story writing.  For their first story writing experience,  I have them follow a patterned story so all the students can experience success.  They choose their own setting, ending and different characters that would follow the patterned series of events as outlined in the emergent reader “Gingerbread Man Perseveres” from the Fairy Tale theme.



Setting the Stage for Success

My students always have an alphabet chart handy that they can refer to.  It is not uncommon for them to forget proper letter formation and what the letter looks like that is related to a specific sound.  My students use the chart and alphabet wall pictures regularly. The pictures on the chart are related to the alphabet sight word readers and songs that were used to teach the the alphabet.  The students have taught me the importance of using strong visuals; it results in greater retention and more meaningful learning.


 If you are a member of the site, login to your account and go to “Alphabet Program – Alphabet Pictures” to access this chart.

Writing story starter found within the theme unit.


Illustrating – Simple How to Draw Resources

Illustrating the story can be challenging for some students.   The best “How to Draw” sites I have found are in the links below.


Great How to Draw Site


Another Great How to Draw Site


settingWriting and Differentiated Instruction

Choosing a Setting

The students first task was to choose a setting.  I tried to encourage them to choose a setting that was related to their level of interest.  An example of a setting can be found in the photograph on the left (this girl chose a castle because the was really into princesses).  I provided a patterned story starter that allowed for differentiation.


Series of Events

The page on the right was taken from the setting displayed.  All her characters will be related to a castle setting (a fairy helper with a pretty princess).  The students were to complete a series of events using the story starter below:Story One


Run, run, as fast as you can

You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.

I had to run away from…..


Series of Events TwoWriting 1

In the photograph on the left, this author chose “Cat Land” to be her setting.  All her characters will be different types of cats.  In this picture it is a “baby rainbow cat”.


Series of Events ThreeWriting 3

The story on the right is (a powerful unicorn).  The setting chosen for this story is “Unicorn Land”.


Series of Events Four 

Story 4The author in this story is really into bobcats (Bobcat Land) so all his characters will be bobcats with different features.


Ending the Stories

Each story will provide a similar ending to the emergent reader “Gingerbread Man Perseveres”.  The author will provide an ending that shows what happens to Gingerbread Man when he perseveres and escapes from all the characters that chased him in the story.


Parent Day

At the end of May we had a parent day.  I had my students pick their favourite page from their story. I scanned the page and displayed it on the Smart Board for them to read to their parents.  I also incorporated drama into this theme where the students reenacted the emergent readers related to this theme.  What a great way to show off all they have learned!


In Conclusion

I have taught many different grades;  kindergarten and grade one are one of the most exciting in terms of witnessing growth.  In Kindergarten I was working with the students in hearing beginning sounds and  by the end many of them could hear the beginning, middle and end of a word and print the letter that represents these sounds.  Their printing was initially scribbling and at the end their thoughts were expressed by using letters.  Initially, they did not know the difference between a word and letter but now they can track and read words.  This is why I love teaching!!!


More Ideas Related to the Fairy Tale Theme


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St. Patrick’s Day Free Resources

PowerPoint Presentation from Teacher’s Conventions

I  spoke at two teacher’s conventions last month.  It was a huge hurdle for me but with the encouragement from co-workers and family, it was less daunting.  The session focused on how I use a balanced literacy model successfully within both my Kindergarten and grade one classes.  This approach to teaching was the most positive and profound change in my teaching career.  A number of teachers have requested that they have access to the PowerPoint presentation that was used in this session.  You can access the presentation from the link below:


 PowerPoint Presentation


St. Patrick’s Day Fun – Four Day Event

Science and Shared Reading

Day One – Monday

This year I decided to make St. Patrick’s Day a four day event.  On Monday I am going to integrate our Science unit “Building Things” by having the children build leprechaun traps with boxes.  For shared reading, you can use the reader “The Leprechaun Wish” found in the link below.

Leprechaun Writing

Leprechaun Writing

The Leprechaun Wish


Day Two – Tuesday – Focus on Writing

I am going to pretend a leprechaun visited the classroom the night before and left the message displayed on the right.  We will discuss how he may have escaped the traps, what his name is and how he looks (describing words).  In the link below you can access the message and writing booklet I am going to use.  Since I teach grade one this year, I will expect my students to give the leprechaun a name, describe how the leprechaun looks (from the picture) and write about what they think the surprise will be tomorrow (story beginning).  With kindergarten students, I would only expect them to write about what surprise the leprechaun will leave.


The Leprechaun Message

The Leprechaun Writing Booklet – Easy Version


The Leprechaun Writing Booklet – Hard Version


Leprechaun Template

Leprechaun Template

Day Three – Wednesday

The students will walk into the classroom and there will be some changes (desks and books scattered are just a few changes).  The leprechaun will have also left some gold nugget chocolates and badges (bought at the dollar store) for each of them.  They will write in their booklet as to what surprises the leprechaun left (middle of story).


Day Four – Thursday

There will be no signs of the leprechaun and the students will write about what they think happened to him (story ending).


Possible Craft Suggestion

The children can color and cut the leprechaun template found in the link below. It can be attached together by fasteners so the head can move.


Leprechaun Template



More Possible Craft Suggestions

In the link below you can find more possible craft suggestions.


More Possible Craft Suggestions


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Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Activities


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



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



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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Pete the Cat Activities

If you have read my previous blog posts, you will know that I love “Pete the Cat” and so do my students.  In my school we are required to always have an emergency lesson plan ready, which also takes stress off us in time of need.  I have created a plan based on the literature selection “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” written by Eric Litwin.  I have outlined my plan below.  The mini unit is Pete-Cat-Buttons-Unitfound in the link.


Pete The Cat And His Groovy Button Mini Unit


8:34 – 9:15   Morning Routine

-Put on shoes, get book bin and whisper read to self using the whisper phones (previous readers they have worked on).
-After everyone is  settled, they choose a partner to read to.


Read Aloud in Circle Corner

Read book “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin to the students.


Book Reading from (project on Smart Board)


Video of the Book


Shared Reading 
Project emergent reader “My Groovy Buttons” on the Smart Board.

-Read the title of the selection.  Do a picture walk of the selection and discuss what might be happening on each page and how it might relate to the story you just read to them, “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin.  Discuss what the interactive component could be (add facial features and buttons)

-Read the selection to the children modeling the reading process completing the interactive component as you read (add buttons and facial features to each picture).

-Read again, choosing different students to be the word pointer.


9:15 – 10:00  Developmental Centers and Guided Reading

Half the class goes to play (development) centers,  5- 6 students do guided reading with me and 5-6 students go to craft with the assistant (working on guided drawing activities).


Interactive Component

Interactive Component

Guided Reading

-students add correct amount of buttons on the shirt and complete drawing their facial features on the emergent reader “My Groovy Buttons” reader.

-practice reading the book to themselves, then read to teacher

-After, partner reads the book to another student.


10:00 – 10:15  Bathroom Break, Snack and Get Ready for Recess

10:15 – 10:30      Recess

10:45 – 11:15   Literacy Centers

I use activities posted on the link below:


Literacy Center Ideas

11:15 – 12:00  Writer’s Workshop
-Students write what they think of “Pete the Cat”.  Complete the pattern: Pete the cat is ____________.
-Share what they wrote

12:00 – 12:55     Lunch

12:55 – 1:55  MathColor-Number-Buttons
Review Numeral Identification

-Distribute small math manipulatives.  Display numbers found on page  7 and the children display that many.  After, can complete sheet found on page 8.

Introducing Subtraction
-Put the following subtraction sentences on the board.  After, each sentence have the students use their manipulatives to act out the sentence (start with first number and take away the other number).  Explain how this is related to the story you read this morning “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin

5- 3 =___,   4 – 2 = ___,   3 – 1= ___,  5 – 0=____, 5 – 2 =______,  4 – 3 =_____
Button-SubtractionAssigned Related Seat Work-  Complete the subtraction sheet.  The students cross out the buttons that need to be subtracted in order to find the answer.  May need to do this sheet together using the Smart Board.

1:55  -2:10  Recess

2:10 – 2:50  Switch Developmental Centers, Guided Reading and Craft Groups

Students who did not have an opportunity to visit play (developmental) centers this morning now have an opportunity to do so.


3:00 End of Day