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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Rainbow Fish Literacy Lesson Plans


Rainbow Fish LiteracyThis mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister.  Other similar selections written by this author could also be used for instructional purposes.  This lesson plan is part of a nine-week program (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 Rainbow Fish written by Marcus Pfister and other similar literature selections written by this author.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Rainbow Fish Retelling” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Rr for “rainbow” and Ff for “fish”

 

Pre Primer Sight Words:  see, the, you

 

Rainbow Fish Reader Black and WhiteRainbow Fish Reader Colour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 based on the book “Rainbow Fish” include suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Rainbow Fish Literacy Games

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (see, the you).

 

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.

Rainbow Fish Sight Word Games

 

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 writing template is meant to be a shape book for your young learners to print a sentence about what they have learned about ocean animals.  The fish template was sponge-painted and thick aluminum foil was used for the scales.

 

Rainbow Fish Writing Craft 

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You can access the resources from the link below

 

Rainbow Fish Literacy Lesson Plans

 

 

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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

 

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Access Clifford Literacy Unit

 

 

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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

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You can access the resources from the link below

 

Mo Willems Pigeon Series Literacy Unit for Pre-Kindergarten

 

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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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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.

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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.

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3:00 End of Day

 

 

 

 

The Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

Focus on Informational and Fictional Content Literacy Unit

Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

In my last blog post I discussed how authors are combining fictional and informational content together, the literature selection “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle is a good example of this.  It takes the students on a journey of how a seed must overcome different obstacles before transforming into a plant.  This allows students to infer information from a fictional viewpoint.

 

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Tiny Seed Reader

Tiny Seed Reader

In this blog post I have also included a link to the mini unit I will be implementing in May related to the literature selection “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle.  This is my way of thanking my newsletter subscribers, Facebook and Google Plus followers for taking the time to read and post responses.   A modified version of this unit can be found in my TPT store (FREE).  A complete version is available to paid members in the “Plants Theme Unit”.

 

The Tiny Seed Literacy Unit (Modified Version)

Plants Theme – More Ideas

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

 

More Plant Theme Ideas

 

WHAT IS INLCUDED IN THIS MINI UNIT?

Emergent Reader – Simple Retelling of the Literature Selection

The emergent readers have proven to be invaluable to my teaching, I use them as a base to teach all early reading skills.  I will use the emergent reader “The Tiny Seed Retelling” as a follow-up to reading the literature selection “The Tiny Seed”.  I  project the color version on my Smart Board to use for shared reading.  I like to focus on specific reading strategies during this time (outlined within the unit).  The black and white version I use for my guided reading groups and as a home reading book to keep.

 

Tiny Seed Craft and Writing

Tiny Seed Craft and Writing

Follow-Up Writing and Craft Activity 

I will use the literature selection “The Tiny Seed” along with other books and videos to gather information about seeds and plants.   In the link below is an online version of the book.

 

Online Version of the Book

 

Literacy Centers or Stations

Literacy Center One – Rhyming Matching Game – 32 Rhyming Picture Cards

Rhyming Matching Game

Rhyming Matching Game

Using the rhyming picture cards (32 pairs) and large poster board, I created the matching rhyming activity displayed on the right.  There were three different boards, so if a student completed one board, they would exchange with another individual within their group.  There was also an answer key that outlined the correct pairs, this allowed the students to check their own completed task independently.

 

Litearcy Center Two – Identify and Print Review Game – Group of 6
Draw_-Print-Letter-Sound 2Place a plastic page protector over the printing sheet so it can be reused. This can be a partner or individual game.  Each player is given a printing sheet.  The players are also given a set of alphabet picture cards.  Players draw a picture card and determine which letter represents the beginning sound.  They must print the letter that represents the initial letter sound with an erasible marker.  If they draw a picture of a letter that has already been printed on their printing board, this is placed in the discarded pile to be used after all the cards have been drawn. The game is over once all the letters have been printed.

 

Litearcy Center Three – CVC Practice – 45 CVC Picture Cards – Group of 6Making-Words-Photo

In small baggies I enclose a CVC picture card, along with the word printed on bingo chips.  The students (partners or individuals) select a bag, stretch the sounds heard in the CVC word represented in the picture and place the letters in the correct order that make that word.  After, they print the word they have made.  The object of the game is to make 8 CVC words and print them.  After, I ask them come and read the words to an adult helper or me.  If they can read the words, they receive a sticker.  

 

Literacy Center Four – Alphabet Name and Ordering – Group of 6

Literacy Tiny Seed AlphabetThe students would take a tweezer to pick up a seed (great fine motor activity) and plant the seed on an alphabet letter name they can identify on the game board.  The object of the game is to plant all the seeds to cover the game board.

 

Literacy Center Five  - Planting The Seeds – Sight Word Game – Group of 6

Same as above, only the students would be planting the seeds according to sight words they could say.

 

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The Tiny Seed Literacy Unit (Modified Version)

 

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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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Pre-K Math – Counting and Cardinality

 Math and Literacy Integration

Emergent-Reader-Ape-Counts-Apples

Emergent-Reader-Ape-Counts-Apples

This week I was able to integrate Language Arts, Math and Music.  I find this integration so critical in helping meet the outcomes.  In reading the emergent reader “Ape Counts Apples” the students learned the following when we worked through the reader during shared (projected on the Smart Board) and guided reading:

1.  Identify the letters “Tt” and “Aa” and their corresponding sounds which were introduced in context from reading the reader together.

2.  The letter “Aa” is special because it makes two sounds like in the words “ape” and “apples”.  It is called a vowel.

3.  The difference between a word and a number.

4.  Left to right progression when reading and what a word is.  Most of my students can circle words correctly and track them this way.  We are working towards tracking words without the use of circles.Emergent-Reader-Apes-Apples

5.  Identifying numbers 1-10.

6.  During guided reading, I was able to see what students were able to display one-to-one number correspondence association by drawing the correct amount of apples indicated in the text.  Many of my students were not able to read all the numbers but they could draw the correct amount when told.  We will obviously need to work more on number recognition.

7.  We watched an informational video about apes, since many students would not necessarily be familiar with them.

 

Sometimes we don’t realize how much we accomplish in a day.  When I reflect back on how much we learned just from this single activity; I feel a greater sense of accomplishment.  It is important that we do this reflection each day.

 

Follow-up Literacy Center Activities

There are 5 – 6 students per group that rotate.

Center One

Practice printing the letters “Tt” and “Aa’.

 

Literacy Sound Sorting

Literacy Sound Sorting

Center Two – Sensory Bins Sound Sorting

Objects that begin with the sounds “Rr, Ff, Tt and Aa” are placed in the dry rice and soy beans sensory bins.  Students dig and sort the objects accordingly.  If you are a member, you can use the picture cards found under the headings “Alphabet Program” and “Alphabet Pictures” instead.

 

Literacy Sound Game

Spin and Print Sounds

Center Three – Spin and Print

Each partner takes a turn spinning a top and printing the letter “t” or “a” according to the picture they landed on.

 

Literacy-Letter-Matching-Game

Literacy-Letter-Matching-Game

Center Four – Letter Match

Partners take turns drawing a picture/letter card and matching it to the letters found in the pocket charts.  They must also say the name of the letter if they know it. The picture cards are related to the characters they will be introduced to when using the emergent readers and in the song video below.  These picture cards can be found in the member’s area under “Reading” and “Literacy Centers”.

 

Alphabet Song Video

 

Fabulous Math Freebies

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Math Freebies 

 

Article About Teaching Sight Words

During this time of year, I do not focus on teaching sight words because my students are not ready for this yet.  They are being exposed to them during our shared and guided reading but I would not expect them to memorize them.  I read an article written by a K-12 Language Arts specialist on this topic and I totally agree with her point of view.

 

Common Core Reading Foundational Standards – Where Do Dolch Sight Words Fit In?

 

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Pre-K Literacy Lesson Plan

This blog post outlines how I introduce a new letter, related sound and the follow-up Literacy Centers related to these.

 

Phonemic Awareness Warmup

Phonemic Awareness Warmup

Phonemic Awareness Warm-up

At the beginning of the school year many of my students do not understand the concept of beginning sound nor can they hear it.  The activity below really assists in developing this skill.

I use a puppet named Slow Speaking Sam as a base for doing phonemic awareness activities.  Slow Speaking Sam says sounds in words very slowly (CVC words).  The students must first guess what word he said.  After, three students come forward representing the sounds found within the word. We discuss the sound heard at the beginning, middle and end of it.  After, I attach letters representing these sounds and the students hold these letters.  Since the first phonics lesson focuses on the letter “Ll” and its corresponding sound, I will use words beginning with this sound (lap, leg, lip and log).AtSchoolClip

 

Introducing Letter During Shared Reading – Focus Letter “Ll”

I always introduce a letter sound in context of print during shared reading time.  I will be using the emergent reader At School to introduce the focus letter “Ll” sound and the reading process (left to right progression and what a word is).  I will display the reader on my Smart Board for all students to view as I model the reading process and focus on the sound of “Ll”.  If you do not have a Smart Board, copy and cut the pictures and place them in a pocket chart along with the text printed on sentence strips.

The reader is found in the All About Me theme.

 

All About Me Theme

 

Smart Board Activities

I use the Smart Board activities demonstrated in the video as additional practice for students to hear and associate the letter “Ll”  to its corresponding sound.  If you do not have a Smart Board, practice using the Literacy Activity Centers outlined below as a whole group.

 

The students touch the spinner board and print the letter that represents the sound it landed on.  The other game requires the students to sort the beginning sounds.

 

View Smart Board Activity on YouTube

Practice Printing the Focus Letter 

The students practice printing the focus letter on each others back, in the air and in the palm of their hand.

 

Literacy Centers

The Litearcy Centers are meant for the students to practice the skills they were taught in a fun and interactive environment.  Most of the games are meant to play with partners which I select in terms of personality and ability.  I have the students rotate from station to station (usually ten minutes per station).

 

Literacy Center One – Printing the Letter

Students practice printing the letter in their printing booklet found in the link below.  If the letter is a more difficult one to print, I will have them practice on small dry erase boards first, until they have mastered how to print it.

 

Printing Booklet I Use 

 

Litearcy Center Two – Sorting Objects and Picture Cards

Sound Sorting

Sound Sorting

I have three sets of partners at the this station (table). I am fortunate to have multiple objects that I hide in rice tubs and the students dig and sort these according to if they begin with the letter “Ll” sound.  If you do not have these objects, use the picture cards found in the theme unit.  The students will be sorting the objects or picture cards according to if they begin with an “Ll” sound or not.  I will only be using picture cards and objects beginning with “Ll and Hh” sounds.

 

Spinning Board Game

Spinning Board Game

Literacy Center Three – Spinning Top Game

Again, I have three sets of partners playing this game at a table.  Each partner takes a turn spinning a top (good quality one) and must determine if they hear the letter “Ll” at the beginning of the picture the top landed on.  If they hear the sound, they must print the letter.

Note:  I place the board in a pie plate to control the path of the spinner.

 

Literacy Center Four – Alphabet Ordering FREEBIE

Alphabet-Ordering-PicAgain, I have three sets of partners playing this game.  They draw a letter card, say the letter name (if they know it) and place it on the game board in the correct order.  You can access this game from the link below:

 

Alphabet Ordering Game

 

Sight Word Practice

Sight Word Board Game

Sight Word Board Game

At the beginning of the school year I do not focus on sight words but phonemic awareness activities as this is really what my students need.  They would learn sight words incidentally through reading the emergent readers during shared and guided reading. However, in the theme unit there is an activity that can be used if you wish to start introducing sight words.  The sight words found within the reader At School would be “I and am”.  The blank sight word roll the die or spinner board games could be used for this purpose.

 

Music Connection

Each day my students sing the interactive alphabet song video found in the link below

 

Interactive Alphabet Song Video

 

Letter “Ll” Focus Sound – Leo the Lion on Alpha Tunes Action Download

On the Alpha Tunes Action Songs download the students can sing and act out the song “Leo the Lion”.  If you are a member, login, click on the link Song Book to access it.

 

Guided Reading

I will also be pulling small groups of students for guided reading.  We will be reading the black and white version of the emergent reader At School.  I will be focusing on the left to right progression of print and what a word is.  I will have the students circle the words found on each page.  They will be taking the reader home to read to their parents.

 

As always, I hope you find these ideas helpful.

 

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