Clifford the Big Dog Literacy Lesson Plans

Kinderplans integrates literature in all the lesson plans.  Well-known and loved literature selections are chosen to incorporate key learning outcomes within a balanced literacy approach to learning.  This approach has proven to be the most effective in teaching young learners.  This specific unit uses the Clifford series by Norman Bridwell.
Clifford Literacy Lesson Plans

 

Modeled Reading

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using  popular literacy selections for modeled reading.  In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use any of her favorite Clifford books to read during modeled reading time.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Fox and the Big Dog” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Dd for “dog” and Xx for “fox”

 

Pre Primer Sight Words:  big, jump, play, funny

 

Clifford Follow-up Emergent Reader

Cliford Emergent Reader Follow-up B:W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Clifford unit includes suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Alphabet Clips copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus 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 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.

Clifford Sight Word Games

 

Writing Activity

All lesson plan units include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed below.  The templates to complete the craft are provided within the unit.  The writing template is also included.

Clifford Wirting Craft

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Access Clifford Literacy Unit

 

 

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Winter Theme Activities

This is a Science lesson plan related to the “Winter Theme”.  I will be introducing the concept of hibernation.  The video below captures the concept of hibernation effectively for young learners.  Click on the words “Hibernation Video” to view it.

Hibernation Video

Follow-Up Activity

A discussion will follow about what the students learned in the video.  After, students will complete the worksheet found in the link below.  The worksheet requires them to identify animals that hibernate and those that don’t.  They will cut and paste the pictures accordingly.  The worksheet will also be used to further the discussion.

Hibernating Worksheet

Hibernating Worksheet

Hibernation Worksheet

 

 

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Phonics Sounds Ordering Guide

Importance of Phonics

Research has proven that phonics needs to be taught within our classrooms.  There are different approaches to teaching phonics, which are outlined in the link below:

 

Different Approaches to Teaching Phonics and Findings

 

Kinderplans Phonics Program

The Kinderplans phonics program uses a combination of these approaches.  The video below provides an informative description of the program.

 

Ordering of Teaching Phonics

How should different phonics sounds be introduced in terms of ordering?  I have often been perplexed by this myself.  Below is a guide that will provide assistance with planning.  I have also provided visuals that I use when I go beyond teaching just the consonants and vowels.  The Kinderplans alphabet program provides effective visuals for teaching the consonants and vowels.Letter Ff

 

Consonants 

Single consonants are the easiest to learn.  Consonants can be divided into three categories:

 

Stretchable Consonants

These are the easiest for the learners to remember and hear.  When you say the letter name you can hear its corresponding sound be stretching the end.

l, f, m, n, r, s, v, z

Plosive ConsonantsLetter Bb

You can hear the sound in these letter names as well but air flow does not allow you to stretch the sounds.

b, d, j, k, p, t and q

Tricky Consonants

The consonants below are trickier because you cannot hear the sound within the letter name.

c, g, h, w, x and y

VowelsLetter Hh

Short vowels are taught first because phonics rules often determine if a long vowel sound is made.

 

Consonant Digraphs

The next group of sounds to be taught are the vowel digraphs.  These are consonants that come together to make a special sound.    The most common digraphs are outlined below:

sh, ch, wh, th

Consonant Blends

This is when two are more consonants are blended together.  Some common consonant blends are outlined below:sh and magic e

bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp, st

 

Final “e”

The next group, are the final “e” words.  This is when the long vowel sound is taught in relation to the “e” being placed in the final position of the word.

make, pine, kite, cone

 

Vowel Digraphs

This is when two vowels are together in a word.  These together can make a long vowel sound heard by the first vowel, but this does not always occur.

boat, read, pay, feet, Vowel Digraphs

 

Vowel Diphthong

Is a combination of two adjacent sounds within one syllable.  Examples of vowel diphthongs are outlined below:

out, soil, toy, haul

 

R-Controllers

The letter “r” controls the sounds the vowel is going to make.

teacher, shark, star, birdr-controllers

 

Fabulous Freebies – Phonics Visuals

In the link below are visuals that I use to teach other phonics sounds once my learners have master the consonant and vowels sounds.

 

Phonics Visuals

 

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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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Lesson Plans – Emotions

Emotions-Book-CoverIn my school we teach personal development for an hour each week, which I mentioned in the previous blog post.  I am sharing my plans with newsletter subscribers.  Below you will find my plans based on the theme “My Emotions”.  The lessons include books to use that were accessible in my school library, online books and videos.

 

Emotion One – Sad

Books

1.  “When I Feel Sad” by Cornelia Maude Spelman

2.  “My Friend Is Sad” by Mo Willems

3.  “Franklin’s Bad Day” by Paulette Bourgeois (online video)

 

Follow-Up

On chart paper the teacher scribes what students orally dictate to complete this sentence “I feel sad when ….”.  Do a few together. Students complete the sentence independently in their My Book About Emotions, which is found in the link below.Howard Wilgglebottom

 

My Book About Emotions – Version 1 – Complete the Sentence

 

My Book About Emotions – Version 2 – Dotted Lined Sheet

 

Emotion Two – Happy

Books

1.  Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart by Howard Binkow 

2.  My Heart is Laughing by Rose Lagercrantz

 

Follow-Up

On chart paper the teacher scribes what students orally dictate to complete this sentence “I feel happy when ….”.  Do a few together. Students complete the sentence independently in their My Book About Emotions.

 

Emotion Three – Anger

Books

1.  Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Back Away by Howard Binkow I Feel Scared

2.  When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry… by Molly Ban

 

 

Follow-Up

On chart paper the teacher scribes what students orally dictate to complete this sentence “I feel angry when ….”.  Do a few together. Students complete the sentence independently in their My Book About Emotions.

 

Emotion Four – Scared

Books

1.  Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Fears and Courage by Howard Binkow 

2.  When I Feel Scared by Cornelia Maude SpelmanWigglebottom Courage

 

Follow-Up

On chart paper the teacher scribes what students orally dictate to complete this sentence “I feel scared when ….”.  Do a few together. Students complete the sentence independently in their My Book About Emotions.

 

Emotion Five – Jealousy

Books

1.  When I Feel Jealous by Cornelia Maude Spelman

 

 Video – Understanding Jealousy

 

Video Snow White Fairy Tale

 

Follow-Up

On chart paper the teacher scribes what students orally dictate to complete this sentence “I feel jealous when ….”.  Do a few together. Students complete the sentence independently in their My Book About Emotions.

 

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Making Friends

In our school we have Personal Development for an hour a week. I have begun my preparation and will be sharing these with my

Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend

Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend

subscribers.  Here are my first month’s plans.  The focus for the first month is “Making New Friends”.  I hope you find these ideas helpful!

 

Lesson Plan One 

Read the book “Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend” or watch the video below:

 

Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend

 

Discuss the book “Scaredy Squirrel Makes a New Friend” and how they can make friends by just giving others a chance as shown in theOutdoor Activities Pictures book. Discuss how enjoying common activities is a way in making new friends. Display the pictures found in the link below. Each child chooses one of their preferred outdoor activities. Children with the same choice activities gather in a group. The group goes outside together partaking in the chosen activity. After, they must report their findings. Focus on the concept that making new friends often involves meeting somebody who enjoys similar activities and giving others a chance to be a friend.

 

Outdoor Activity Pictures

 

Lesson Plan Two

Students watch online audio book “Franklin’s New Friend” found in the link below:

 

Franklin’s New Friend Franklin's New Friend

 

Again, reiterate the importance of being open to meeting new friends and giving them chances as stressed in the book. Review how finding people with similar interests allows them an opportunity to meet a new friend. Have them brainstorm for words or phrases that complete the following, “I like to…..” and scribe these onto chart paper. Have the students complete the sheet below by continuing the sentence as was done in the classroom. The students could use the chart as a guide.  After, have the students share these to learn who enjoys similar activities. These can be viewed as possible new friends. 

 

Writing Template 1

 

Lesson Plan ThreeWriting Template 2

The focus will be on “What Makes A Good Friend”?  This will be followed-up by discussion.  View the videos below and discuss.

Video 1

 

Video 2

 

Follow-up 

Read book “I’m A Good Friend”  by David Parker. Brainstorm for words or phrases that complete the sentence “A Good Friend…..”  and scribe the phrases on chart paper.

 

Lesson Plan FourWriting Template 2

Students draw a name from a container to partner with and choose a free time activity (puzzles, blocks, etc.) to do together.  Allow about 15 minutes of free time partaking in the chosen activity. Discuss their experience.

 

After, add more ideas to the chart “A Good Friend……”

 

Students complete written page below.

 

Writing Template 2

 

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Pre-Kindergarten Computational Thinking Activities

I just attended a Personal Development session which addressed the importance of students acquiring computational thinking and coding skills.  We discussed how 40% of the current jobs will become automated within the next 10 – 20 years.  Fortunately, the role of a teacher is at a low risk of being replaced by robots.  You can breath a sigh of relief in that regard. However, we do need to become accountable in preparing our students for the future.

Kodable Game

Kodable Game

 

How Can We Help Pre-Kindergarten Students Acquire Computational Thinking?

I have outlined activities I plan to implement within the next few weeks.  These activities do not require your students to be readers.

 

Kodable

Kodable can be downloaded as an App placed on your iPads.  My school doesn’t have iPads but instead we have netbooks.   The video below is the best I have found in explaining how to use Kodable.

 

Quick Tutorial On How to Use Kodable 

 

Where to Begin?

Day 1 – Physical Movements

Prior to moving to the computer, I intend to have the students practice following commands using the terms “right and left”.  I will give the following commands and the students are to follow these.  This would be great to do during Physical Education:

 

Command One:  Give students practice using their right and left hands and feet.

 

Command Two:  Give oral directions such as outlined below:

Take two steps right, two steps left, two steps right and two steps leftComputational Paper Game

 

Explain that later on they will be using a computer and they will have to make similar commands, which is called coding.

 

Transferring Commands to Paper

I am going to display the different paths in the links below on my Smart Board.  We will discuss verbally how we are going to form commands to direct the girl to her house.  After we will use visual arrows to show her the way.  These activities and paths are similar to ones they will find in “kodable”.

 

Command Path One

Command Path Two

Command Path Three

 

Transferring Commands to iPad or Computer

The link directly takes you the beginners game which begins with Smeeborg.  I placed this link on my Google classroom set on each student’s netbook.  This allows them quick access.

 

Kodable Link

 

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Bear Snores On Literacy Math Unit

My goal for this coming year is to create more literature based mini-units based on specific literature selections.  The one I created over the December break was based on the

Color Version

Color Version

literature selection “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson.  I felt this would really correlate with the concept of hibernation and what animals do in the winter.

 

Shared Reading

This mini-unit includes an emergent reader that is a simple retelling of the literature selection.  It is offered in both color and black and white.  I use these readers for both shared and guided reading.  I project the color version on my Smart Board, enabling all the students to view the print.  I model the reading process on specific skills as outlined in the unit.  A page from the color version of the reader is displayed on the right.

 

Guided Reading

I would generally have five students within a group completing the guided reading activities outlined below.

There is a black and white version of the reader that I use for guided reading.  I always like to include an interactive component in each reader. The interactive component in this reader has the students cutting and pasting the correct animal that joined bear in his cave. The students are required to match the words found within the reader to those displayed on the picture.  It also requires them to apply what they know about beginning letters and sounds.

Black and White Version

Black and White Version

I like doing this during guided reading because each student finishes the interactive component at different times.  This allows me to have an individual student read the selection to me, once they have finished cutting and pasting the correct pictures.  During this time, I can assess what skills they have acquired.

 

Literacy Centers

I have four Literacy Centers with duplicate games. There are two to three playing partners at each center playing the same game.  The students would rotate to each center. The entire process takes around 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Literacy Center One – Letter and Sound Identification

The playing partners would take turns rolling a die.  They would move around the game board accordingly and print the initial letter sound represented on the picture that they landed on. They could use the dotted printing sheet provided. There are also picture playing cards that can be used.  The playing partners would take turns drawing a picture card and print the letter sound represented.  Again, the dotted printing sheet could be used.

Alphabet Game Board

Picture Cards

Dotted Printing Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy Center Two – Rhyming Game

In this Center student partners take a turn spinning a top.  They will place a bingo chip or another object on the picture that rhymes on their game card.  Once their game card has been completed, the game is over.

Rhyming Game

Rhyming Game

 

Literacy Center Three – Letter Naming

The playing partners take a turn rolling a die and moving their game player accordingly.  The partners must name the letter they landed on and print this letter on the printing sheet provided.

Letter Identification Game

Letter Identification Game

 Sight Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy Center Four –  Sight Word Identification 

Math Ten Frames Worksheet

Math Ten Frames Worksheet

The teacher would print the focus sight word(s) on the game board provided. Again, the students would roll a die, move their game player accordingly and say the name of the sight word they landed on.

 

Math

The students would cut and paste or print the correct number that correlates to the ten frames displayed on the sheet.

 

Location of New Mini-Theme 

The new mini-theme is found within the Winter theme unit.

 

Bear Snores on Mini-Theme

 

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Kindergarten Word Wall

The list below displays the high frequency words I use.  Your list may be different, but I thought you would be interested in the ones I use.  I also thought I would share the dictionary I use that students can refer to when they are writing.  I have included different versions of the dictionary.

Word Wall Words

Word Wall Words

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

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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Common Core Planning

After so many years of experience, I rarely create a lesson solely based on meeting curriculum outcomes. I found this often led to rather stilted lessons.  I prefer to create engaging lessons related to a specific topic or theme with related reading selections and follow-up activities.  From there, I would evaluate all the core outcomes that would be met from the lessons I developed.

 

Choosing A Topic or Theme

During the later part of October I like to focus on the theme of Pumpkins, which is used in conjunction to the Fall and Halloween themes.  The video below outlines how I employ integrated activities that meet many core outcomes related to this topic or theme.

Common Core Planning

Common Core Planning

 

 

Meeting Core Outcomes Planning

 

Read Alouddownload

One of the reading selections chosen for this topic is How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin? written by Margaret McNamara.   This specific book is great to use for integrating math and literacy.  It addresses the math outcomes outlined below:

 

1.  size comparisons

2.  estimation

3.  one-to-one number counting correspondence

Pumpkin Counting Emergent Reader

Pumpkin Counting Emergent Reader

4.  skip counting

 

The students can engage in the activities found in the book.

 

Shared and Guided Reading

There are a number of emergent readers found within the Fall/Halloween theme unit but the one I chose integrates math. In the black and white version of the reader “Down At the Pumpkin Patch”, the students were to draw the correct amount of pumpkins as identified in the text.  Both the number word and written as a numeral versions are available.

Interactive Component of Black and White Version of Reader

Interactive Component of Black and White Version of Reader

I display the color version of the reader on the Smart Board, which is used for shared reading.  During this time we count words, identify sight words and work on other related beginning reading skills.  During guided reading time the students work in a small group to complete the interactive component where they are required to draw and color the correct amount of pumpkins according to the text.  After they complete the interactive component, they read to me and a partner.

 

 Related Art/Craft Project

The students drew and colored with wax crayons their own pumpkin patch as displayed below. After, I washed over their picture using thin black paint.  The wax crayons resisted absorbing the paint.

 

pumpkin patch art

pumpkin patch art

pumpkin patch art

pumpkin patch art

 

Common Core PostersCommon-Core-Retelling 2

On the Kinderplans site you will find posters that can be displayed in the classroom as a reference to what standards you are working towards meeting.

 

Common Core Posters

 

More Ideas

More Fall/Pumpkin theme ideas can be found in the link below:

 

More Fall/Pumpkin Theme Ideas

 

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