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Leveled Books

July 6, 2013

In storage:

Cookie’s Week 10

Make Way for Ducklings 28

Bread and Jam for Frances 20

Napping House 16

First Day Jitters 28

Cloud Book 30

Mr Gumpy’s Outing 28

Chester’s Way 28

Bremen Town musicians 20

Wemberly Worried 28

The True Story of the Three Pigs 24

Go Dog Go 8 (both storage and out in leveled)

Foot Book 8

Miss Nelson Is Missing 28

Harold and the Purple Crayon 20

Snowy Day 20

I Can Read with My Eyes Shut 20

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Mouse Cookie Books 20

Tiger Cub Grows Up 20

Very Busy Spider 16

Very Hungry Caterpillar 20

Go Dog Go 8

Where’s Spot 8

Brown Bear 3

Inside Outside Upside Down 8

5 Monkeys 8

A Bug, a Bear and a Boy Go to School 10

PBJ 12

Bear Hunt 16

C0lor of His Own 16

Goodnight Moon 14

Just Me and My Dad 14

Fluency Graph

January 1, 2013

fluency graph2

directions for fluency graph

fluency accuracy norms

multidimensional_fluency_rubric_4_factors

Running Record App

December 3, 2012

I want this app!

Reading Fluency: Google Docs

December 3, 2012

I used a rubric from Tim Rasinski to create this fluency checklist:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dG9tdzZ1OGFMbDA1S3JnMTQwTDMwWmc6MQ

Reading Conference: Google Doc Form

December 3, 2012

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFlOblhCSWtkbEVwLVdCSjU4T3k0TGc6MQ

Reading

March 22, 2012

Alphabet/ Letter Sounds:

 A Was Once an Apple Pie

Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!

If Rocks Could Sing

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

letter on the busMy youngest loves buses and so we did a fun spin on the song “The Wheels on the Bus” today using letters.  I found the idea for the song long ago in Mailbox Magazine.  I just changed it to him sitting in his bus tent and holding magnetic letters.  Here is how it goes:

Hold up a letter and start the song:

The P on the bus goes “puh-puh-puh, puh-puh-puh, puh-puh-puh”

The P on the bus goes “puh-puh-puh” all through the town.

Continue with the other letter sounds you are working on.

Match up magnetic letters to alphabet cards.  I again sorted out a few cards and letters to make it easier.  Once your child knows his sounds well, you could have him sort the letters onto the pictures.

abc-matching

Alphabet Train Puzzle

train


Letter Bingo- you can buy a set or make your own.  We just made our own game cards with random letters and then wrote each letter on little paper squares.  We placed the letters into a box and took turns drawing a letter out to read and find on our bingo card.

Letter Hunt: for this game you hide letter cards around the room.  Your child hunts the letters and brings them back to you to say the letter name and its sound. You could also have him say a word that starts with the letter.

Beginning sound sort: find objects around the house and sort them with their first letter.
abc begin sound book

Beginning Sound Booklet: A good way to practice beginning consonants is to name things and then listen for the beginning sound.

Alphabet Path Game: This idea came from Teach Mama. Her blog is full of wonderful ideas for learning.  To  make this game just make a pathway and put the letters your child needs to work on on the pathway squares.  Then make clip art squares that begin with the same letters and place in a box ( I did 4 different clip art objects per letter).    Each player takes out a clip art square and says the name of the object, stressing the first sound and moves his playing piece to the nearest spot with the matching letter.  The first person to the end wins.  I put all of the letters on the last space to make it easier to win at the end.

Here are some links for both of these resources:

Starfall

Zoo Phonics Website

Sight Words

IMG_7733I found this website that has all kinds of games to print off for sight words and math games.  The website is called The School Bell.  Today we played the game to the left where you print off their printable game board and then each player rolls a die and has to read that corresponding number of sight word cards before he moves that number of spaces.  The first to the finish line wins.

sight wordssight words 2 Sight Word Flip a Card Game: This is a quick and easy game to play using sight words.  First choose up to 10 sight words to practice (10 for each player). I like to put in some words that are known, some that are somewhat familiar and some that are new.  Place the cards facing up so that everyone can see them.  First have each player read his cards aloud to practice.  Then player one rolls a 1-6 die.  Depending on what number the die lands on, the player reads that amount of cards.  If he gets them all right then he flips them over.  If he misses one that is okay, he is told the word and maybe he will remember it for next time.  Play continues between players until a player has turned over all of his cards.  I played this with my son this morning and used Spanish flash cards for me to study.  So that is another option.  You could also play this game using addition facts. I adapted this activity in a Mailbox Magazine. In the magazine they recommended covering the 5 and 6 on the die with lower numbers, but we just said to roll again if a 5 or 6 was rolled.

Sight word bingo- this game board came from Mailbox Magazine.  I fill in the squares and then we read the words together first.  Then your child covers the words that are called out.  You can switch and have your child be the caller for practice too.

Write the words in salt

Write the words in shaving cream

Rainbow words- write over the word using different colors of marker

Type the words on the computer- use fun fonts
Use sign language letters
Spell words using Scrabble pieces
Spell out the words using your body to form letters
Use letter stamps
Cheer the letters for the words
Word Families:
IMG_7259 A quick and easy way to do word families is to write the rime on a piece of paper, then place magnetic letters  next to the rime to see what the word says.  We went through the consonants today and then recorded the words under real or nonsense on a piece of paper.  The only problem I had with this was that some words were real, but the student did not have them in his vocabulary.  So it could be an opportunity to go over some vocabulary or maybe leave out those consonants that would make unknown words.
Early Readers:

syndetics-sc Bob Books (these start with a simple level 1 and go up to a first grade level)

syndetics-sc Biscuit (I Can Read Books are the ones that are an easier level. There are other Biscuit books that are more challenging)

syndetics-sc Green Light Readers (these come in two different levels, both are easy)

syndetics-sc Mittens (these are similar to Biscuit, but has a cat)

Very Easy Chapter Books

 Fly Guy series

syndetics-scYoung Cam Jansen (These books are great since there is an older Cam Jansen later)

syndetics-scBones mystery books

syndetics-scsyndetics-scsyndetics-scsyndetics-scCynthia Rylant Series: Poppleton, High Rise Private Eyes, Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball

syndetics-lcFox series by James Marshall

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel (other good titles available by this author)

Corduroy’s Garden by Alison Inches

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (for horse lovers)

Harder Early Chapter Books

These are all series books.

syndetics-scCam Jansen

syndetics-scMagic Tree House

syndetics-scRicky Ricotta

Snot Stew

Chapter Books

 Pain and the Great One Series by Judy Blume (plus other Judy Blume titles)

 Roald Dahl books

DRA Leveled Books

Level 1:

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

Do You Want To Be My Friend? by Eric Carle

Level 2:

Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri

Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle

How Many Fish? by Caron Lee Cohan

Level 3:

The Fox on the Box by Barbara Gregorich

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaloa

Pancakes, Crackers & Pizza by Margorie Eberts

Raindrops by Larry Brimmer (I thought this was kind of hard for a level 3)

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar

Level 4:

Up Went the Goat by Barbara Gregorich (easy read)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Joshua James Likes Trucks by Catherine Petrie (okay read)

Roll Over by Peek

What Time is It, Mr. Crocodile ? (I thought this had a lot of words that were not level 4… too hard 6/18)

Level 5:

The Cat that Sat by Marie Vinje

I Am Water by Jean Marzollo

Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin (this was kind of hard for level 5)

Level 6:

How Many Bugs in a Box by David Carter

Mary Wore Her Red Dress by Merle Peek

Ice is…Whee! by Carol Greene

The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg

Happy Birthday Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Level 7:

Night Train by Caroline Stutson

Buzz, Said the Bee by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Mrs. Sato’s Hens by Laura Min

If I Were an Ant by Amy Moses

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

In a Dark, Dark Wood

Machines at Work by Byron Barton

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (level 7-8)

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi, illustrated by David Allender (level 7-8)

Level 8:

Hi Clouds by Carol Greene

The Hungry Billy Goat by Rita Milios

Who Is Coming? by Patricia C. McKissack

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Chistelow

A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy by David McPhail

Wishy-Washy Day by Joy Cowley

All By Myself by Mercer Mayer

Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley

Level 9:

Jog Frog Jog by Barbara Gregorich

Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Dinosaur Garden by Liza Donnley

Pizza Party by Grace Maccarone

Level 10:

Amy Loves the Snow

Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg

Roll Over! by Merle Peek

Clifford’s Christmas

Thank You, Nicky! by Harriet Ziefert

Bubble Trouble by (Hello Reader) Mary Packard

Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward

Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown

Harry Takes a Bath by Hariet Ziefert

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

I’m a Seed (Hello Reader) by Jean Marzollo

Ten, Nine, Eight, Bang by Molly Bang

I Am An Apple by Jean Marzollo (Hello Reader)

Are You My Mommy?  by Carla Dijs

Caps, Hats Socks and Mittens by Louise Borden

Cat Games by Harriet Ziefert

Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee by Paul Galdone

Color of his Own by Leo Lionni

Dear Zoo by R. Campbell

A Dozen Dogs by Harriet Ziefert

Have You Seen the Crocodile? by Colin West

I Need You Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert

Itchy Itchy Chicken Pox

Johnny Lion’s Rubber Boots

Jump Frog ,Jump by R. Kalan

Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch

Lady with the Alligator Purse by  Nadine Westcott

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming

Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

Pizza Party by Grace Maccarone

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

What is That! Said the Cat by Grace Maccarone

Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff

The Yellow Boat by Margaret Hillert

Level 11:

Just Me and My Babysitter by Mercer Mayer

Cat Game by Harriet Ziefert

On Top of Spaghetti

More Spaghetti I Say by Rita Gelman

Harry Gets Ready for School  by Harriet Ziefert

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

Wait, Skates!  by Mildred Johnson

Sometimes Things Change  by Patricia Eastman

Each Peach, Pear, Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Level 12:

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Peanut Butter and Jelly by Westcott

A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer

Titch by Pat Hutchins

My 5 Senses by Aliki (level 12-14)

Level 13:

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Level 14:

We Are Best Friends by Aliki

Come Out and Play Little Mouse  by Kraus

Cave Boy by Cathy East Dubowski

My Tooth is About to Fall Out  by Grace Maccarone

Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O’Connor

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton (level 14-15)

Swimmy by Leo Lionni (14-16)

Very Hungry Caterpillar (14-16)

There’s an Alligator Under My Bed (14-16)

Level 15:

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Wake Up, Sun by David Harrison (Step Into Reading)

The Bunny Hop by Teddy Slater (Hello Reader)

Just Grandpa and Me by Mercer Mayer

All Tutus Should Be Pink by Sheri Brownrigg (Hello Reader)

Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert

Michael Bird-Boy by Tomie dePaloa

One Snowy Day  (Hello Reader)

Level 16:

Spot’s Birthday by Eric Hill

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by  Mercer Mayer

A Kiss For Little Bear by Else Minarik

Quarter From the Tooth Fairy (Hello Math Reader)

Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox

Fire Fighter by Angela Royston (Eyewitness Reader)

Henny Penny by Paul Galdone

Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer

Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

Dinosaur Dinners by Lee Davis (Eyewitness Reader)

Frog went A-Cortin’ by John Langstaff

Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer

Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

Dolphin by Robert Morris (I Can Read Book)

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone (level 16-18)

Level 17
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
The Gruff Brothers by William Hooks
Stone Soup by Ann McGovern
Level 18
Aunt Eater’s Mystery Vacation by Doug Cushman
Jamberry by Degan
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lionni
Drummer Hoff by Emberley
A Little House Birthday by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Me Too by Mercer Mayer
Winter on the Farm by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Happy Hippopotami by Bill Martin Jr.
More Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen
When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Owl at Home by Lobel
Little Bear by Else Minarik
Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall
Charlie Needs a Cloak by DePaolo
Sam and the Firefly by Eastman
Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Buck, Buck the Chicken by Amy Ehrlich
A Tree Is Nice by Janice Udry
The Owl and the Pussycat by Jan Brett
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
18-20
Clifford the Big Red Dog Series
Frog and Toad Books
Anansi and the Talking Melon
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
Starring First Grade by Miriam Cohen

Books For Boys

Super Diaper Baby (This book has lots of potty humor, but my boys loved it.  It also has some misspellings if that bothers you.)

Diary of  a Wimpy Kid

Assessments:

I got this assessment from another teacher a few years ago.  Assessment for reading

Running record 100 squares to do a running record, retelling guide, DRA level descriptors

Word analysis

Body of Evidence:  Our school keeps a body of evidence for each child.  In it we keep the most recent running record or miscue analysis at the student’s instructional level, retelling rubric, fluency checklist on a book at the instructional level, a student evaluation, DRA scores, reading continuum checklist, written retelling or written response, and ILP goals for students on an individual literacy plan.

In reading groups I keep a folder for each group.  On the outside of the folders I tape on the DRA level ranges with descriptors of skills that students are supposed to be working on at their level.

Early concept skills word identification

Comprehension:

Character reflection paragraph

Reading Reflections Retell

Partner retell checklist ( I have the kids practice retelling a story to a partner)

Parents:

For parents, I send home a folder with some useful information to help their child read.  The folder has the five-finger rule for picking a just right book, blend sounds, comment sheet for parents and teachers to communicate about the reading done each night, tips for parents to help with reading, list of sight words students should know, and a reading strategies page.

Teacher Resources

March 22, 2012

Student Led Conferences

Here are some of the forms I used when doing student led conferences at school.  I really liked to give the students a check list of things to cover with their parent(s).  At the end, the parents wrote a letter to their child and left it on their desk to read the next day.

Conference form

WELCOME TO STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student Led Conference Agenda

TWO STARS AND A WISH

Conference parent reminder

Student led conference parent letter

Book Room:

bbokroom Books sorted by DRA level for all to use.

QAR Poster:

IMG_7192IMG_7193IMG_7194 This is a poster we used to help the students figure out different types of questions and how to answer them using the book, their head, or both.

Book Reports:

Cereal Box Report

Biography Box Report: For this report you will need to supply students with a cube that students cut out of stiff paper and glue together.  On each side of the cube put the following:

1. Title and author

2.  Challenges the person faced

3.  Something important the person did

4.  What you admire about the person

5.  Draw a picture of the person

6.  Other information about the person

Students need to write and draw something on each face of the cube.

*The original report came from Instructor.

Here is a link for students to make their own word searches to put on their cereal box if they would like.

Write a Letter Report:

This book report involves writing a letter from one character in the story to another and then drawing a book jacket.  You just need to provide some blank letter stationary and a blank page to make a book jacket.

Write a letter

Birthday Party Report:

Students read a book of their choosing at their level and then choose a perfect gift for the main character.  The students dress up as the main character and open the gift in class for their presentation.  Students make sure to tell why is the perfect gift for them.  Then they give a brief summary of the book and tell if they would recommend the story.

Birthday Party Book Report

*I’m not sure that I would use the rubric in the above example because some kids may have trouble presenting and still have a great report.  I plan to redo it so that there are two grades; one for speaking and one for the report.

Sandwich Book Report:

Scholastic Sandwich I found this interesting page on Scholastic where students plug in story elements and it makes a book report sandwich.  This is similar to our book report idea.

This was a fun book report that we did for the month of April.  First there was the top bread. On this page students write the title and author of the book in neat writing.  Second is a piece of bologna.  Draw a picture of the main character(s) and write a short description about them on this page. Third is a piece of cheese where students draw a picture of the setting.  Fourth is a piece of lettuce where students draw and write about their favorite part of the story. Finally is the bottom piece of bread where the students write a letter to the class telling them their opinion of the book.  The letter should tell if they recommend the book, who would like to read it, and what the author did well or didn’t do well.

sandwich

The students are supposed to cut out their sandwich pieces and put them in order in the sandwich bag provided to them.  Once the book reports were presented, we hung them in the hallway on a red and white checkerboard pattern.  It makes a very cute bulletin board for your hallway.

Sandwich Book Report

Sandwich Book Report Grading Sheet

Shopping Spree:

For the month of May, students will need to find a book of their choice on their reading level. Students then decorate a paper bag with important events  and the title from the book they chose.  Next they fill the bag with objects or pictures of objects that represent important parts of the story.  With each object of picture there needs to be a tag or written explanation on the back to tell  how the object relates to the story.  Bring the shopping bag with the objects to school to present.

Shopping Spree Book Report

On Display:

For this book report students read any book of their choice on their level and then collect 5 or more objects that go along with the plot of their book.  With each object they need a note card telling what it is, which character it belonged to and what it means to the book or character.  The students also make a poster with the title, author and a picture to display with their objects.  Students can choose to dress up as their character for extra points.

On Display

Game Board:

At the end of the year we always do a game book report.  This was such a great idea because we let the kids play their games in class during the last week of school.  It helped to keep down on worksheets and the kids enjoyed playing the games they worked so hard on.

The students need to read an adventure book like Bunnicula, Magic Tree House, The Swiss Family Robinson, Harry Potter, etc.  Next, they design a game board with spaces that tell the player what to do.  The spaces can have questions about the book (this might be harder if other kids have not read it), they can just have cute little things that go along with the story that happen to the player like “Go to the nurses office”, “Mom falls off the raft. Lose a turn.” The students get really creative with this.  They can use spinners, cards to match colors like on Candy Land or dice.  Students just need to incorporate the character names, settings, problem of the book, solution to make the game.  They also need to set a purpose for the game.  The purpose for Bunnicula would be to “Help Bunnicula escape from Chester.”

Students make the actual game boards with titles, the pieces to play, and directions.

The game boards can be made out of poster board or file folders, unless the students have other ideas on how to make the game.  The idea is to have fun and be creative while using elements of the book they read.

Game Board Book Report Rubric

Guided Reading Notebooks:

This is a reading folder that I use in the classroom.  Each guided reading group has a color that coordinates with a notebook.  On the cover I put our district continuum for comprehension and for word call.  I make sure that the levels above and below are there so that I am always teaching the skills the children are ready for.  Also, along the top are the reading levels with the DRA level just as a reference.  Inside the notebook I have tabs for each child.  I like to keep the skills that each child is working on at the moment in there and I highlight them as they accomplish those skills.  This is all to make sure that they are reading on the correct level and always being challenged.  I also keep my anecdotal notes under their tabs too.  Creating the tabs is easy for moving the kids up or down a group.  They easily move from notebook to notebook if needed.Take Home Reading Helpers:

The child takes these home to use with reading at home.  In the front pocket are some blends and digraphs charts to help the child sound out.  There is also a parent guide to help assist their child.  Next comes some sheets that allow the teacher and parent to communicate about the child’s reading.  Behind the communication sheets is a list of 100 most frequently used words.  Finally, on the back inside cover are reading strategies with cute little pictures that remind the child of what to do when they get to an unknown word.  On the cover is a hand with the five finger rule.



Shared Reading:

1.  In third grade we loved to use the Daybooks from Great Source.  There are a variety of genres to read and then different skills to practice.

2.  Time for Kids

3.  Reader’s Theater- plays

4.  Choral reading of finger plays or poems

5.  Echo reading- make sure to use short texts with short sentences.

6.  Weekly Reader

7.  Everyone reads the same story- make sure to have a class set of the same book.  Sometimes we used our Spider Magazine for this.

Math Journal:

This is a simple math journal that I had students write about how they solved problems in math.  Most days I would write a problem of the day and they would copy it down in the booklet.  Then they would show their work and answer the problem.  Finally, the students would explain the steps they followed to solve the problem.  If they wanted to exceed the standard then the students would show and explain a second way to work the problem.    I had put a rubric on the back of their booklets.  It helped for students to know exactly what was expected.  I would also have them figure out their grade from time to time and write it down on the page.  That really helped the students to be more aware of what quality of work .  problem-of-the-dayproblem-2

Little Books for the Writing Center:

Do your students love to write stories? These little books are so great to keep at your writing station. They are simple to make and can be low cost. First, I take some card stock and cut it in half (hamburger way). Now you have the covers for two books. Do the same with the inside paper. I usually use 3 sheets of paper per book so that when the sheets are folded there are 6 sheets for the books. I also trim a little more off all of the sides of the white inside paper so that it doesn’t stick out from the cover. Next put your book together in a stack. I use a paper piercer (cheap tool from Michael’s- which I am sure you could use a fat sewing needle too) to poke three holes through all of the layers down the center crease. Lining it up with the book open and poking the three holes from the inside of the book works the best for me. Using three strands out of the 6 on some floss, I thread it on a sewing needle and then sew through the holes and tie it off.

Sewing through the holes:
Starting on the outside of the book go down through to the inside of the book in the center hole. Make sure to leave a decent size tail since that is what you will tie with later. Once inside the book go down to the bottom hole and go up to the outside. Once outside, go over across the center hole and down the top hole. You will now be inside the book again. Now go straight up through the center hole back to the outside. Tie this end with the starting tail into a knot and you are done!

Digging Through the Dictionary

IMG_7172IMG_7173IMG_7174IMG_7175One of the centers I used on a weekly basis in my reading groups was “Digging Through the Dictionary”.  I got this idea from a book called, What Are the Other Kids Doing While You Teach Small Groups? by Creative Teaching Press.  It would be pretty easy to make up your own to go along with the center.  I kept a box of cards that had words on them next to the center.  The kids would select a word card from the box, a dictionary, and one of the lamenated worksheets from the folder.  At their seats they would find the word on the card in the dictionary and then record the word, the guide words, and the definition.  The folder had a list of all of the words in the word box for the students to mark off when they had found a word.  I did a pink sheet for the girls and a blue sheet for the boys.  This just made it easier for them to find their initials in their columns at the top and also saved space since we had 20 kids in the class.  This activity could easily be adapted for words that are easier to find and for harder words.  There could even be two different folders and word card sets for kids who need different levels.

In addition to the dictionary folder, I have a thesaurus one too.  The same activity can be found in the same book.  The words I use for the thesaurus are: flat, fold, full, heavy, get, give, gift, near, noise, slow, empty, large, small, go, stop, start, lose, many, grow, grumpy, hide, high, low, good, hold, tight, loose, few, join, jump, catch, kind, mean, land, leave, less, part, private, real, shine, said.

Read Alouds

March 22, 2012

Books that have participation:

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (this could be a kid read aloud too)

Eraserheads (book about making mistakes)

wordless:

Chalk– great story

Alphabet Books:

syndetics-sc ABC Kids (good example of alliteration)

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray (loved this one)

Cover Image The Z was Zapped

Other:

Clever Jack Takes the Cake ( a little long but good story.  good to have fairy tale background first)

syndetics-scLulu and the Brontosaurus (cute story about a spoiled girl.  Long so need older audience like 3rd or break it up. Also, not a lot of detailed pictures, but also short paragraphs on pages so it isn’t too bad to not have a picture.)

Me and You by Anthony Browne ( three bears book)

Piggie Pie– I liked this. it is about a witch looking for pigs and the pigs trick her in costumes.

Humpty Dumpty Egg Splodes– spin off of humpty dumpy read nursery rhymes first to understand.

Wolf’s Coming— surprise ending that it is wolf’s bday

Suddenly  syndetics-sc by Colin McNaughton

My Lucky Day syndetics-sc a pig tricks the fox

My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks syndetics-sc

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Chewy Louie syndetics-sc

Off We Go! by Jane Yolen syndetics-sc

Charlie the Caterpillar syndetics-sc

Mushroom in the Rain syndetics-sc (some similarities to The Mitten)

syndetics-sc Wild Boars Cook

Parts

Wolf’s Chicken Stew

Cover ImageCrows of Pearblossom

syndetics-scA Chair for Baby Bear

syndetics-scGoldilocks and the Three Bears by  Caralyn Buehner

syndetics-sc The Wolf Who Cried Boy

Little Oink

Little Pea

Little Hoot

The OK Book (good one for self esteem)

One of Those Days (good for different kinds of bad days)

syndetics-lc Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

syndetics-sc Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand

syndetics-sc It’s Not Fair by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

syndetics-sc Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

syndetics-sc The Worst Best Friend by Alexis O’Neill (great story about loyalty and friendship)

syndetics-scWhat Time Is It Mr. Crocodile?

syndetics-sc Willow’s Whispers by Lana Button

syndetics-sc Loudmouth George Earns His Allowance by Nancy Carlson

Product DetailsKnuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Cover ImagePeanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches

Cover ImageThe Eleventh Hour (for older kids since there is a puzzle)

Cover ImageHeckedy Peg– the kids liked this story.

Cover ImageA Pet for Miss Wright

Cover ImagePig Kahuna

Cover ImageThe Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

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I Feel a Foot! (This book reminds me of another story with blind mice.  I cannot remember the title!)

Cover ImagePsssst! It’s Me…. the Bogeyman by Barbara Park

Cover Image Scrawny Cat

Cover ImageThe Castle of Cats by Eric Kimmel

Product Details Mama, Do you Love Me?

Product DetailsI Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

 Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
Cover Image Very Short Fables to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman
Cover Image You Are What You Eat by Serge Bloch

Nonfiction:

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Fairy Tales

March 22, 2012

syndetics-lcChickerella by Mary Jane Auch

syndetics-lcCinderella’s Rat by Susan Meddaugh

Cover Image Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer (interesting poetry book)

Three Bears Rap

Once upon a time in a nursery rhyme there were three bears.

(click, click, click) ( clap on indian style knees back and forth)

A Papa bear, a Mama bear and a wee bear. (click, click, click)

One day, they went out walking and a-talking in the woods. ( move fingers up keyboard)

(click, click, click)

Along came a girl with long, curly hair. (click, click, click) (walk down the keyboard from high)
(knock on the door hit 2 crows, but she dind’t care)

“Someone’s been sitting in my chair,” said the Papa bear.

“Someone’s been sitting in my chair,”said the Mama bear.

“Hey, Mama Three Bear,” said the little wee bear,

“Someone has broken my chair.”

YEAH!! (hands on hips hump)

“Someone’s been tasting my porridge,” said the Papa bear. (low 3 cros)

“Someone’s been tasting my porridge,” said the Mama bear. (medium crows)

“Hey, Mama Three Bear,” said the little wee bear, (high crows)

“Someone has eaten my porridge.”

YEAH !!

“Someone’s been sitting on my bed,” said the Papa bear.

“Someone’s been sitting on my bed,” said the Mama bear.

“Hey, Mama Three Bear,” said the little wee bear,

“Someone is here in my bed.”

YEAH!!

Goldilocks woke up and broke up the party. (click, click, click)

“Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye,” said the Papa bear.

(wave hand)

“Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, ” said the Mama bear.

(wave other hand)

“Hey, Mama Three Bear,” said the little wee bear,

“Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye, bye.”

(wave both hands)

YEAH!!

(Slap knees on bold type,

clap intervening beat,

click fingers on word ‘click’ or say “Ch”,

and arms wide on YEAH!!)

3 Bears Oatmeal Temperature: Take different oatmeal temperatures to determine if it is too hot, too cold, or just right.  You can label different ranges of the thermometer with too hot, just right, too cold for younger learners. Or you could write the ranges on the board for kids to determine if it is too hot, too cold or just right.