We are having so much fun with this book! I borrowed the story cd from my colleague so they are hearing it at the listening centre, chanting it at circle time, playing with the felt story, an eye spy rice shaker with story pictures, and making their own retelling story sticks.
There are so many great activities at my fellow blog sites for building their oral language and just plain having fun! Their current favourite is using the story magnets that I found in Tofino this fall to retell the story at the beginning of daily five. I hand out the character magnets and then as we chant through the story each student participant brings up the magnet and puts it on the teaching easel. Then we retell it again and they return and take it away (great math too!). We have been doing sensory finger painting and next week will end this fun book with a wall story using their finger paintings as well as adding an emergent reader to their independent reading folders.
Here are a few terrific sites for great resources.
This week we are playing the train game which I found at the Balanced Literacy website. To prepare for the lesson, I made little construction paper freight cars and laminated them. I stocked up on file cards and sticky notepaper.
During read aloud, I introduced the simple big book, I Like Me. Afterwards we talked about the story and then I asked them what they noticed about the letters on the page. They talked with a partner and then I asked them to share while I wrote down their comments. One thing that T. noticed was that each group of letters had a space between them.
I used his observation and compared it to a train and said that just like a freight car, each group of letters was called a word, and that each word had it's own space and meaning.
Then I introduced The Train Game.Each day I will ask a closed question and their first classroom job will be to write their answer on sticky paper and post it on the t-chart. This will help them notice that each word has it's own space and also practice printing yes or no. We will use the same routine that we used for self check in so that they are successful right away.
I also included it as a game during centres by providing a tub with file cards, painter's tape and post-it's so that they can ask their own question and then survey friends.
What playful activities do you do for concepts of print?
This week I introduced the Name Game. My students need to work on syllables, some beginning sounds and a few are still learning peer names. To add to our repertoire of activities for these areas I introduced a new game and called it The Name Game which I found on the site The Balanced Literacy Diet.
I began by picking a learning target of two syllable words, and beginning sounds for a cluster of letters. Using a chart of student names, I gave my first clue "this persons name has two syllables", I chose a volunteer, then I gave my second clue "this persons name begins with the sound B , I chose a volunteer, then I gave my third clue "this person is a boy" each time we narrowed the list of possibilities until finally I was able to have them confirm the mystery name.
It was a lot of fun, we repeated it a few times using one, two and three (but mostly two) syllable names and then played it every day. By Friday they had begun to play the Name Game during centres using animal names from the focus book for this week, Brown Bear Brown Bear.
I teach Kindergarten at Cinnabar Valley Elementary in Nanaimo, British Columbia. I love my job and am passionate about providing a play based program for my kinders. I graduated in 2009 from the University of Victoria with a Masters in Early Childhood.