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) 


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