Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Pete the Cat Scuba Cat” written by James Dean.  Other similar selections written by this author could also be used for instructional purposes.  This unit is included in the Alphabet Program, which covers the majority of the Pre-Kindergarten outcomes.  All the alphabet letters and Pre-primer Dolch sight words are introduced within this program.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

 

Modeled Reading or Reading Workshop

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using popular literature selections for modeled reading or reading workshop.  In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use “Pete the Cat Scuba Cat” and other similar literature selections written by this author.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Exploring the Ocean with Ollie Octopus” would be used a follow-up to reading the literature selection.  The color version of the reader would be projected for all the students to view.  The teacher would model the reading process teaching early reading skills, the focus alphabet letters and sight words.

 

Alphabet Letters:  Oo for “octopus and ocean”,  Jj for “jellyfish” and Ww for “whale” 

 

Pre-Primer Sight Words:  this unit is a review one

 

Exploring the Ocean Reader

Exploring the Ocean BW Reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 are related to the reading selections.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Collage copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Suggested review sight word games are included.  The games in this unit do not have specific words attached to it.  The purpose of this lesson plan unit is to review words introduced previously.

Review Sight Word Games

Review Sight Word Games

 

Writing Activity and Craft Activity

All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the crafts outlined in the unit and write facts about what they learned about these ocean animals.

 

whale craft

Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 7.00.38 PMjellyfish craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

More Pete the Cat Literacy Units

 

Pete the Cat Literacy Lesson Plans Unit

 

More Pete the Cat Literacy Units

 

Alphabet and Sight Word Program Information

 

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Mo Willems Pigeon Literacy for Pre-Kindergarten

Young learners love the Pigeon series written by Mo Willems.  I wanted to integrate his books into my learning activities.  In this “Mo Willems Pigeon Literacy Unit” the letters “YyMo Willems Pigeon Literacy and Qq” and Dolch pre-primer words:  go, to, find, little are introduced.  The mini unit includes follow-up games, writing and craft activities.

 

Modeled Reading

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using a popular literacy selection used for modeled reading.  In this set of lesson plans, the selections “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Pigeon Loves Things That Go”! are used.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Where Are You Going Yak Family” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Yy and Qq

 

Sight Words:  go, to, find, little

 

Transportation Emergent Reader Transportation Emergent Reader 2

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture they landed on.

 

Draw and Print

Students draw a picture card and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture.

 

Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity

Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities as displayed in the photograph below.

 

Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities

Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units.  This unit includes suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Literacy Center Games Transportation

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the sight word.

 

Roll and Print

In this game focus sight words are printed on a blank die.  Students roll the die and print the focus sight word on the templates provided.

 

Roll, Move and Say

Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly and must say the word landed on.

 

Draw and Say

Playing partners take turns drawing a word and saying the word displayed.  They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.

Transportation Sight Words

 

Writing Activity

All lesson plan units include a follow-up writing activity. The students could write about what they think the pigeon is saying to the queen in the emergent reader “Where Are You Going Yak Family”? They could also do the writing activity about what the pigeon is saying on the bus as displayed below.

Transportation Writing

Simple Follow-up Crafts

In this craft activity the students would cut the frame and add the pictures of things that go.  In the second craft activity, I copied the bus template on yellow paper and cut it out.  The students cut the window, colored the pigeon, added the beak and eyes.

Transportation Crafts

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Mo Willems Pigeon Series Literacy Unit for Pre-Kindergarten

 

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100th Day Printables

100th Day Reader

100th Day Reader

We are going to be celebrating the 100th day of school in the next two weeks.  I wanted to share the printables that I have put together to celebrate this event.  In the links below you will find different versions of the reader I intend to use for shared reading.  I will be projecting the color version on my Smart Board and reading the print together.  Word work and follow-up activities will be related to the reader.  I like using the interactive version of the reader for the students to complete (cut and paste the picture that corresponds to the text).

 

Easy Version of the 100th Day Reader

 

100 Day Reader Color – Easy  Version

 

100 Day Reader Black and White – Easy  Version

 

100 Day Reader Black and White – Cut and Paste – Easy Version

 

100 Day Reader Harder Version

100 Day Reader Harder Version

Harder Version of the 100th Day Reader

 

100 Day Reader Color VersionHarder Version

 

100 Day Reader Black and White Version - Harder Version

 

 

 

Writing Templates

Writing Template

Writing Template

Each day I plan to have my students complete the patterned writing template provided in the link below.

 

What Would I Do With 100 Things?

 

Another Writing Project

This is another writing project I plan to have my students complete.  They will be writing five sentences on what they have learned since the beginning of the school year.  They will draw three of the activities in the light bulbs provided.

 

What I Learned In 100 Days

 

Fill in the Number Math Worksheet

Math Worksheet

The students would print the 100 sheet found in the link below by printing the correct number that is missing.

 

100 Fill In The Number Worksheet

 

 

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Back to School Survival Ideas

Mystery Letter

Mystery Letter

Back to School Ideas and Survival

I am excited to be going back to school but on the other hand, I enjoyed the break.  I don’t return until after the September long weekend but I know some of you have already been back.  I always find the first month of Kindergarten challenging.  For some of my kiddos, this will be the first experience in a classroom setting.  I keep this in mind when preparing for the first month.  In this blog post I have outlined some of my first day activities.

 

 Arrival

I have different “Play Centers” scattered throughout the room that the students can visit prior to formal circle gathering.  They must first locate their name tag placed on a table.  The “Play Centers” could include playdough, different construction toys, craft materials, puzzles, computer, math manipulatives,  etc.

 

Name Game During Circle Time

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

 

Kissing Hand Emergent Reader

Kissing Hand Emergent Reader

Treasure Hunt

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

 

Read Aloud

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

 

Shared Reading

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

 

Music

I project the interactive alphabet song on my Smart Board.  I explain to them that they will meet these characters when they learn to read (from the alphabet sight word emergent readers relate to the characters).  We do the actions to the song together.

 

 Alphabet Action Song

name template

 

Craft and Writer’s Workshop

I model how I draw a portrait of myself and label it with my name. After, they would do the same.  They can also color and decorate their name template.

 

FunWithNamesSurviving the First Week of School

Fun With Names

These activities (mini-unit) were included in the Free Friendship theme but I have also included them in this blog post as you may have forgotten (not uncommon for me).  These activities are great for the first week(s) of school when the students are getting acquainted and learning each others names.  As well, these activities are fun ways for students to recognize and print their own names.  ENJOY!

 

Fun With Names

 

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Math Numbers Lessons

I have posted some ideas that can assist you in tackling the common core outcomes in relation to the strand “Counting and Cardinality”.  The activity sheets for these activities are found in the “Math Focus Program” which is included in the membership.

 

K.CC.A.1

I can count to 100 by ones and tens


Counting by Tens

Math Counting to 100 and Positive Behaviors

Award

Award

This activity worked really worked well for me.  I combined earning positive behavior points with counting to 100.  I attach plastic cups to hooks on the wall and mark these off with tens numerals.  Each time I notice somebody practicing positive behavior they take an award and place it in the proper ten cup.  We count how many awards there are at the end of each day and together we ensure there are only 10 per cup.  We practice counting by ones and tens to see how many we have accumulated. We have a celebration once 100 awards have been accumulated. The awards I use are found in the link below.  The amount is also marked off on the hundreds chart.

 

Positive Behavior Awards

 

100-ChartK.CC.A.2

I can count forward starting at any number. 

In the  “Math Focus Curriculum Program” you will find a 100′s chart.  I use this for a number of math activities.  This can be used to help meet the curriclum outcomes.  A student can randomly come forward and select a number.  Together, practice counting forward from the number selected.

K.CC.A. 3

I can write numbers 0-20 and show the correct amount of objects for these numbers.

K.CC.B. 4

I know a number represents an amount of objects.

K.CC.B. 4aa

When I count, I know each number I say represents one oject.

 

Introduction of These Concepts 

Sample Page Printing Booklet

Sample Page Printing Booklet

 

Printing Practice

I use the ten frames to introduce printing numerals in relation to one-to-one correspondence, using the printing booklet found in the “Math Focus Curriculum Program”.  The students practice printing the numeral on the dotted lines first and then without the dotted lines.  They draw the correct amount of circles representing that numeral. A sample page is found in the photgraph on the left.

 

Follow-up Math Station – Numberal Identification Printing Center

Numeral Identification Printing Center

Numeral Identification Printing Center

This is one of the math stations used within the “Math Focus Curriculum Program”.    The students draw a ten frame card and print the numeral on the dotted printing sheet provided (can be placed in a plastic cover so they can be reused).  They continue to draw the cards until they have printed all the numerals.

 

Crack the Egg Game

Crack the Egg Game

K.CC.B. 4b

I know the last number I say is the number objects, even if I arrange them differently.

 

Crack the Egg Game

I spray painted lima beans on one side red and left the opposite side plain.  The students shake a container representing the focus number for that day. They draw the different ways that number can be represented according to how the lima beans were distributed (displayed in the photograph).  I also incorporate addition within this activity.

 

K.CC.B. 4c and 5

I know when I count the number gets bigger.  I can count 20 things.

Activities for these outcomes can be incorporated through your daily activities such as clapping, jumping and calendar.

Greater-Less-Equal-Activity

Greater-Less-Equal-Activity

 

K.CC.B. 6

I can tell if a group has great than, less than or an equal amount.

K.CC.B. 7

I can compare two printed numerals between 1-10

 

Ten Frames Activity to Help Meet These Outcomes.

Student pairs take turns drawing a ten frame dotted math card.  If they draw a card with a greater amount, they print the number on their dotted printing sheet.  If they draw an equal amount, no number is printed.  The game continues until both number sheets are completed

 

FABULOUS FREEBIES – ANIMATED VIDEOS AND FOLLOW-UP SHEETS TO HELP MEET THESE OUTCOMES

In the link below you will find you will find animated videos and sheets that also be used to address these learning outcomes.

 

Animated Numbers Video and Sheets

FOCUS MATH PROGRAM

Included in your membership is the “Focus Math Program”, more information can be found in the link below:

Focus Math Program

 

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