Monday, August 13, 2018

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books

Great First Day Book - There Was An  Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!  Easy and fun activities to implement -  sequencing, sentence strips, pocket chart, cut and paste activities.
After reading the story, randomly place the sentence strips.
As a class, determine the order by placing the correct number before the sentence strip.  Once it is decided, reread the story.  Make corrections as needed.
Individual Student Practice Sheet.  Have students draw lines from the numbers to their matching sentences.  Students can refer to the class example above.
Answer Sheet
Student Practice Sheet.  Have students choose, cut out and paste the correct items in and around the old lady's mouth.
Pictures to paste on the sentence strips shown in the examples above

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Where Do Animals Live Together - Just like people, animals live in different environments

Concept Development Activity
Just like people live in different environments, animals live in different environments.  People live in the country, cities and rural areas  Animal live on farms and in jungles and savannas. Animals that live on farms are domestic (they are not wild) and are taken care of by people. Animals that live in jungles and savannas are wild and must find their own food and shelter.   A jungle is an environment that is  full of shrubs, grasses, moss, plants and trees.  A savanna is an open environment with few trees and shrubs and plenty of room to move around.  Animals that live in savannas use speed to hunt their prey and require open land.

Environment Sorting Chart Organization
Farm Mat  - Slide into a Plastic Sleeve - Place the animals that live on a farm on the mat.  Option:  Use Velcro to place animals on the mats.  Place nine pieces of Velcro on the mat and one piece of Velcro on the backside of each animal picture.
Farm Animals
Jungle Mat 
Jungle Animals
Savanna Mat

Savanna Animals
Environment Sorting Chart

Monday, July 30, 2018

Activities to Observe and Assess Students' Current Reading Skills

Directed Activities to observe and assess students’ current levels of understanding.  Colorful, fun practices pages for whole class activities using the ELMO.  Activities review:
*Concept of a word
* CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant)
*Concepts About Print – Reading from left to right and from top to bottom
*Concept of a sentence
*High Frequency words: the, and, like, to, are, have
*Genre – Fiction/Non-fiction
Together say each picture, locate and circle each word that is represented by a picture.  Word support is used to help students identify, locate and circle words represented by  pictures.
Same expectations as in the first activity using fewer words to lessen guided support and build stronger student independence
Fewer word support, more independence and teacher observation of students' current skill knowledge. 
Together read the sentence replacing pictures with words: fox, dog, hen, cat.  As you read the sentence run your finger along the red arrow demonstrating CAP (concepts about print).  Also, review sight words: the, and, are and high frequency word - friends.  As in the examples above, have students locate and circle all words and words represented by pictures: The, fox, dog, hen, and, cat, are, friends.
Repeat the steps of previous activity
As you read the sentences with students, run your finger along the red arrow.  Next, discuss when to use capital letters, commas and periods in a sentences.  Next, review the type of genre (fiction or non-fiction) and why - these animals are not friends.
Student/Parent Share
Additional Resource



Saturday, July 28, 2018

First Grade Whole Class Concept Development, Word Knowledge and Sight Word Activities

During the first few days of school, I complete whole class activities with the students.  I focus on concept development, word knowledge (beginning sounds, word families and vowel sounds) and sight words  These are fun activities that focus on these  skills  In this first activity, I start with the title, two blank circles.  At this time there are no pictures or  categories at the bottom.
I begin with the words  - First Grade (since everyone is now a first grader).  Next, I explain that everything that is placed in the first circle is in my category.  Everything in the second circle is not. 
I begin with the paintbrushes.  I tell students that the paintbrushes are in my category  Next, I put the puppy in the second circle and tell the students that the puppy is not in my category.
Next, I add the  paint in the first circle and then the tractor in the second circle following the example above.  I continue the routine until all pictures are placed.  At that time the category is determined - In the classroom
Next, we sort the picture/word cards of the above activity according to beginning letter/sounds.
Additional  Name My Category  Practice Pages (Pictures and then Words)
My Category - Things that Fly - bird, helicopter, Eagle, air balloon, kite and bee. 
The following activities are great to place on the ELMO to project for everyone to see.
Name My Category - Fruits/Vegetables that are Juices -  pineapple, grape, carrot,
lemonade, tomato, orange, apple and grapefruit plus blender (use as a hint) 
My Category - words that end in at.
My category - sight words
Templates for First Activity

Templates for Second Activity

Templates for Third Activity