Printable Reader 1
"It Looked Like Spilt Milk" by Charles G. Shaw is a favorite book to read to young children. The simple story line and pictures are very appealing to this age group. The emergent reader "Cool Clouds" would be used as a follow-up shared reading experience.
The printable emergent reader "Cool Clouds" is offered in both color and black white versions. As well, it includes the enlarged pictures to be used to make a big book version. It is used to introduce the letter "Cc" and its accompanying sound. The song "Cool Clouds" from the Alpha Tunes CD also reinforces the "c" sound. A sample page from the reader can be found in the link below. View video to see how the reader is used.
Sample Page from the Reader
Sight Word Focus: look, like, and a
Under the Umbrella - Emergent Reader - Introduce Letter "u"
You will find a sample page from the emergent reader "Under the Umbrella" in the link below. It introduces the letter "u" within its story context. The song "Under the Umbrella" on the Alpha Tunes CD also reinforces the letter "u" sound.
Under the Umbrella Sample Page
Sight Word Focus: my, can, jump and play.
Unicorn's Umbrellas - Emergent Reader - Introduce Short and Long "u" Sound
In order to meet the "Common Core Curriculum" we have added the reader "Unicorn's Umbrellas" which introduces the concept that vowels make both a long and short sound. This would be introduced within the context of the reader.
The students are required to color the umbrellas according to the text.
Unicorn's Umbrella Sample Page
Sight Word Focus: is, make, me, said and color words.
This version was specifically designed to introduce both letters "Uu and Vv" within its story context. It was also designed to focus on the color words: white, black, brown, purple and orange.
The emergent reader could be followed-up by reading the book "The Day It Rained Hearts" by Felicia Bond.
The book "Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book" by Lucy Cousins is a great book to use for introducing different weather conditions. This would be read prior to using the predictable chart. Using a predictable chart is a good introduction to using weather words. This would be used to model the reading process. The chart could use the following predictable text line: What's the weather like? It is hot. It is cold. It is cloudy. It is windy. It is raining. It is snowing. It is stormy. It is a blizzard. We like it when it is sunny. Only a portion of the chart is shown.
In the members' area you will find weather photographs, clips and accompanying emergent reader to follow the text line.
Sample Page from the Emergent Reader
Focus Sight Words: it, is and we
Bonus Readers - Total of Six Readers in the Weather Theme
The readers "Rolling, Rolling" and "We Can Exercise In All Kinds of Weather" can also be used within in this theme unit. Sample pages from these readers can be found in the links below:
Literacy Center One - Initial Letter Sound Focus Games
The focus sounds introduced within the emergent readers are "Cc" and "Uu". The games outlined are meant for the students to practice identifying the letter and related sounds. In the first game the students would roll a die and move their player accordingly. If they land on a picture that represents the related sound, the letter is printed. In the second game, a top is twisted and if the student lands on the picture representing the focus sound, they must print the letter.
Literacy Center Two - Alphabet Letter Recognition and Ordering
This game is meant for the students to practice alphabet letter recognition and order. The alphabet letters would be printed on decorative rocks and placed in a tactile tub (rice). They must identify the letter and place it on the alphabet board according to the correct alphabet order.
Literacy Center Three - Flip the Focus Sight Word
I purchased jewelry bags at the craft store and filled these with decorative sand (found at the Dollar store). On the outside I taped the focus sight word(s). These are placed face-down. The students choose a bag to flip with a flipper kitchen utensil (I train them to do this without falling on the floor). They must say the focus sight word and mark this off on their chart (print word(s). After, the bag is placed in a random spot face-down for another person to flip. The first person to have their sight word chart marked of is the winner.
The video demonstrates a Smart Board activity that was created and can be used during Center Time. If you have Notebook software downloaded on your student computers the games can be played on them as well.
This video demonstrates a Smart Board activity that was created and can be used during Center Time. These games focus on the letter "Uu" and its corresponding sound. If you have Notebook software downloaded on your student computers the games can be played on them as well.
Dressing for the Weather Crafts - Cool and Cold Weather
The children color or paint the clothes on the body. The body is cut (this would likely require adult intervention) The child's head shot would be cut and added (this would require cropping to fit the body). The children would color and cut the hat, scarf and assemble it to the body.
The children would color the clothes on the body. They would also add facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) to the head. After, the body would be cut. The children color the hat, scarf and cut it out. This would be added to the body.
Dressing for the Weather - Hot and Warm - Summer
Version 1 and 2
The children color or paint the clothes on the body. The body is cut (this would likely require adult intervention). The child's head shot would be cut and added (this would require cropping to fit the body). The children would color and cut the hat and add it to the head. In version 2 the children would color or paint the clothes on the body. They would also add facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) to the head. After, the body would be cut. The children color the hat and add it to the head.
Dressing for the Weather - Raining - Spring
Version 1 and 2
The children color or paint the clothes on the body. The body is cut (this would likely require adult intervention). The child's head shot would be cut and added (this would require cropping to fit the body). The children would color and cut the umbrella and the rain hat; these would be added to complete the project. In version 2 the children would color the clothes on the body. They would add facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) to the head. After, the body would be cut. The children would color and cut the umbrella and the rain hat; these would be added to complete the project.
Literacy and Craft Follow-up
These can be traced on cardstock or a plastic lid of an ice cream pail (to be reused every year). The children would pick their favorite cloud and make a scene displaying this page. They would place the outline tracer on paper and sponge-paint blue around the outline to make a silhouette of the cloud. The shape can be secured by tape or sticky tac. The words representing the page would be given to each child in a mixed-up order and they would cut, arrange and paste the words to the page in the correct order. Younger children can just cut and paste the sentence representing the page. Photograph displayed below.
The focus math concept for this theme is shapes and learning about the calendar. This concept is integrated into learning about the weather. After reading the emergent reader "Cool Clouds" and singing the song the children will be introduced to the oval shape. They will be turning the oval shape into a cool cloud like displayed in the photograph.
Circle and Triangle Shapes - Simple Snowflake for Cold/Cool Weather
After working with ice cubes and thermometers from the lesson plan, the children will be making a snowflake to represent cold/cool temperatures. The circle would be cut with pinking shears and the triangles colored blue to make a simple snowflake.
Star and Circle Shape - Sun for Hot/Warm Weather
After doing a simple experiment outlined in the lesson plan introducing the concept of hot and warm, the children will be introduced to the star and circle shape (review). They will make a sun similar to the one displayed in the photograph for hot/warm temperatures.
Rectangle and Square Shapes - Rainy Weather
The children will color or paint the umbrella and cut it out. After, the shapes would be colored and cut and added to the dotted lines on the umbrella. Prior to this, the children would have been introduced to the rectangle and square shapes. They would have also done the rain experiment that is outlined in the lesson plan.
Diamond Shape Kite - Windy Weather
After, the children experiment with wind (from the lesson plan) they will be introduced to the diamond shape for kite. The children will be blowing through a straw to spread the paint on their kite (pretending to be the wind). After, colored diamond shapes would be added to the kite and crepe paper for the tail.
In this theme unit the math focus is on counting to 100 by 1's and 10's. There is also a focus on identifying and printing numbers to 20 and graphing.
Connect the Dots Weather Number Picture
The children can make an umbrella by connecting the numbers in the link below:
Visual Discrimination Integrated With Connect the Dots
The children cut and paste the words in the links below to match the sentences on the connect the dots picture.
The Alpha Tunes CD includes the songs for Weather theme called "Cool Clouds" and "Under the Umbrella". These are great to used for introducing the letters "c" and "u".