Monday, May 13, 2013

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton ~Lexile 300

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton is filled with oodles of literacy activities that can be used for many grade levels.  I have said before that I think anything Rob Scotton writes is golden and this is another amazing treasure!  

Link to purchase Russell the Sheep

Book jacket summary:
This is Russell.  Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock.  All the sheep are falling asleep-except Russell.  What's a sheep to do?  Russell tries everything...until at last he falls asleep.
I have used several literacy activities with this book.  Two of my favorites are a long vowel e sort and a cause and effect chain.

We were going to make our cause and effect chain pretty by gluing it on construction paper, but we ran out of time.  It turned out quite nice anyway!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Rice~Sensory Activity for Word Sorting

I have had so much fun this week working in small groups on literacy activities focusing on nonfiction and frogs as well as extending lessons to the /r/ blends of fr, cr, dr, pr, and br.  I used the colorful, practical pictures from Frog Frenzy listed in my previous post (Link) to create a sensory sorting activity with my younger students.

I used a bowl of rice and cut apart the pictures.  Kids went digging for pictures and squealed when they found one.  We read the pictures and sorted by beginning blends.  This was such a simple, useful sensory activity to engage students in their learning.  It all goes back go Jean need to be actively engaged in activities to "cement" their learning.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Frogs! Level 1 National Geographic Kids by Elizabeth Carney ~Lexile 420

My new favorite nonfiction readers are by National Geographic Kids.  This week I am focusing on frogs, their life cycle, metamorphosis and interesting facts.  Frogs! by Elizabeth Carney is the perfect resource for this topic!  The pictures are engaging, vocabulary is understandable and easy to internalize and the text features are perfect for teaching students to cue into.  I love the little question and answer boxes included. There is a section on toads as well.  This is a very nicely written book. I will be ordering many more National Geographic Kids readers for my library.

I bought Deanna Jump's Frog Frenzy unit from Teachers Pay Teachers.  The songs, clip-art, social studies integration and games are worth the cost.  {Link}

Link to order this fabulous book:

Happy Reading,