Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pronouns~Subject/Verb Agreement~IS

I have officially outlawed the use of, "Her is..." and "Him is..."!!

Today, we discussed the pronouns of he and she and how they are ALWAYS glued to IS!  We made props to hold up.  I said a student's name.  The kids held up either, "She is..."or "He is..." and then we made pronoun substitutions until each person in the class was named with their given name and their appropriate pronoun.
Gavin is swimming in the lake.
He is swimming in the lake.

Here are the pronouns posted in my room.  We will get to "It" and "They" next week!

You can always count on Popsicle sticks!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown~Early Literacy

I am on a mission to integrate new phonemic awareness activities into my reading/language instruction. My first new idea is to work with the simple rhymes in Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown using magnetic picture/word matches.

I absolutely LOVE anything that Make, Take and Teach posts on its blog and I have been intrigued with their cookie sheet magnetic activities so I decided to give it a try with the easy rhymes in this book.
Aside from the suspiciously "clean" cookie sheet that my son washed, my first attempt at this interactive rhyming game was a hit with the Prekindergarten kids that I worked with today!  I like the way Make, Take and Teach has painted cookie sheets.  That is on my list of things to do when I have time...

This is what my sheets looked like:

I have seen teachers using large oil pans as magnetic boards on Pinterest.  I think this activity would be engaging in that format as well.  I am going to invest in an oil pan for my literacy work stations next year.

It was worth the time to make this activity and I will definitely check out the packets to purchase at the Teachers Pay Teachers store!

To purchase a copy of Goodnight Moon through Amazon.com, please click the title. Goodnight Moon 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Permission to Pin on Pinterest

You have my permission to pin pictures that I have posted on Trifecta Book Reviews to your Pinterest boards.  Corkboard Connections has a wondeful blog post on pinning permission.  Click the link above for more information.  Many thanks to Laura Candler!

Happy pinning!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Smash! Crash! by John Scieszka Lexile 130

Working with /sm/ blends is very motivating when you incorporate smashing, crashing and a literacy work station where children can physically participate in both!  Loud and interactive activities are the most engaging  for early learners to "cement" ideas! 

Description from Simon and Schuster Publishing:

"Best friends Jack and Dan are spending their day doing what they do best-smashing and crashing!  Al the while a strange shadow is following them around every corner...Who is this new addition to Trucktown?  What does she want?  Rhythmic, rollicking text will get kids' motors running and horns honking with each refrain!  This is a book that begs to be read again and again!"
One of my groups is focusing on /sm/ blends this week.  Kids read Smash!  Crash! and then I printed off the /sm/ blends from Adventures in Speech Pathology to use with our activity.  I raided my son's Matchbox car collection and brought (most of) it to school.  One /sm/word was taped to each car.  Kids each selected a special car to "smash" into a car with a /sm/ word on it.  After using their special cars to smash a vehicle with a /sm/ word, they read their word and put the car in their "parking lots."  Smashing commenced until all vehicles were "SMASHED and CRASHED!" 

File this one away for activities to use with boys...I must say that the girls were HOOTING during this activity today as well!!

There are oodles activities at Simon and Schuster as well!

To purchase a copy of this book through Amazon.com, please click the title. Smash! Crash! (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown) 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton~Early Literacy

ALL of the Splat the Cat books are dear to my heart...
Love, Splat tells the tale of Splat, who has a huge crush on Kitten, and how he makes her the perfect Valentine.  Splat gets intimidated by Spike and doesn't give Kitten her Valentine.  In the end, Kitten finds his Valentine and gives Splat her special Valentine that shows Splat that she feels exactly the same way about him. 

 Kids of all ages understand the feelings that Splat experiences as they read this delightful story!
I have worked with several levels of readers this week using this book. 
Early readers have worked on the -at family pattern. We used a large piece of red paper and folded it into 12 squares.  Kids glued one -at word in each square and practiced reading their words in partners. 
-at cards to download:

Beginning readers have worked on sequencing the main ideas in the story.  

For sequencing, we worked on reading each sentence and deciding if it belonged at the beginning, middle or end of the story.  We then placed strips in order as we read them.  Students made a simple stapled flip book from these sentences.  
Sequence cards to download:

I was very pleased with both projects!

To order a copy through Amazon.com, please click the title. Love, Splat (Splat the Cat) 

Hickory, Dickory, Dock~Early Literacy

I have been working on beginning blends with emerging readers this week, specifically on the /kl/ blend.  We learned the entire version of Hickory, Dickory, Dock and made clocks inspired by Kindergarten's 3R's posted clock art project.  

I added a little twist to the darling project by having students place mice around the clock. I downloaded the free /kl/blends via adventures in speech pathology and had kids cut out the pictures and glue them on the mice. Kids read the pictures and/or words to each other and then glued the mice around their clocks.  

This was a wonderful integrated math project.  By using the entire poem, we practiced telling time to the hour as we recited the poem.

Link to Mice and Poem: