- 4 emergent readers to teach beginning reading skills
- Introduces the letters v and x sight words good and are
- Word families og and ick
- Includes related craft ideas, suggested literature selections, learning games, center ideas and related social and math activities.
Emergent Reader 1 - "Valentine Mice" Introduces Letter "Vv"
This reader could be read tot he students after reading the literature selection "The Day It Rained Hearts" by Fellicia Bond. It introduces both the letters "Uu and Vv" within its story context.
Printable Emergent Reader 3 - Also Introduces Letter "Vv"This reader is called Valentine Hearts. The main characters in this story are hearts that take on human characteristics.
Printable Emergent Reader 4 - Introduces Letter "x"After reading the story Franklin's Valentines by Paulette Bourgeois/Brenda Clark a predictable chart could be made outlining who his friends are. This would be used to model the reading process.
Printable Emergent Reader 5 - Introduces Letter "l"
As a valentine's writing activity my students wrote positive comments in their heart-shaped writing book about each other. We worked on printing upper-case letters at the beginning of a sentence, the sight word "is" and inventive spelling to complete their sentence. If you are a member of the site, you have access to the heart-shaped writing templates. These are available in dotted line format or just lined format.
Another Writing Activity
The templates below can be placed into your "Writing Center" for the students to use for writing to each other.
Valentine Writing Center Templates
Letter "Xx" for Fox - Letter/Sound Recognition Through Picture MnemonicsResearch has shown that children have better recollection of letter-sound associations when it is taught in conjunction with picture mnemonics. This craft activity involves children being actively involved in associating the picture to the letter and making it more meaningful to them. The children are to associate the letter "x" being the final sound in "fox". There are more words that end with "x" being the final sound and it is for this reason that it is introduced as the final consonant sound. The template is found in the theme unit. The children paint and cut out the letter "x" for "fox".
Letter "v" Sight and Sound Association Recognition - Picture MnemonicsIn this craft the children are actively involved in associating the picture to the letter sound. The purpose is to have them associate the letter "v" to the initial sound heard in "valentine" "or "victory". Children would paint or color the letter outline"v" for valentine heart. They would paint the heart red. The picture of the heart with the arms outstretched represent "v" for "victory". This would be cut and glued in the center of the heart as displayed in the photograph above.
After reading the book Franklin's Valentines and emergent reader Special Friends the craft activity to the left could be completed. The turtle (could be Franklin) is painted and cut. The valentine he is holding is designed for a special friend.
Valentine Heart-Shaped Card
Copy the card off in the link below. Fold the paper in half. Have children sponge paint the heart outline (ensure a paper towel or paper is close by for the children to blot the extra paint off prior to sponging). Allow the paint to dry. Cut around the bold black lines to make a heart-shaped card. Have children cut and glue on the verses on the outside and inside of the card.
Animal Heart-Shaped Crafts
The children can create animal heart-shaped crafts similar to the one displayed in the photograph above. This allows their creative talents to be demonstrated. Templates to complete this craft is available to members.
The students will paint or color the picture according to the number specified. There are two versions; They color or paint according to the colored displayed or in the second version they must use their knowledge of color word recognition to complete the activity.
Activity 2 - Mouse Maze
After reading the emergent reader "Valentine Mice" as a shared reading experience, the maze worksheet below would be a great follow-up. The children will help the mouse find the cheese.
Math Heart Activity - Learning the Concept Biggest to Smallest
On page 10 of the Valentine's Theme unit there are different sized heart shapes for the children to color. They are to color the largest and third largest heart red. After each heart is cut and then ordered from the largest on the bottom to the smallest on top. These hearts are glued accordingly.
Note: This could be glued onto their valentine holder
Another Math Activity
The children can stamp, or add stickers to represent the numbers found in the heart booklet found on pages 23-25 found in the Valentine's thematic unit.
Another Match Activity
The children could place the correct number of heart-shaped candies on the valentine number card as shown in the picture. These cards could also be placed in the correct sequence order. Sorting - the candy hearts could also be sorted by color or words written on them
Dot to Dot Valentine Number Heart
All the templates and emergent readers are found in the members' area or the theme book.