Friday, April 1, 2016

Oh, the Places You'll Go

This week we learned a new sight word: want.

It also happened to be Dr. Seuss's birthday. so we read Oh, The Places You'll Go.

This is always the best time of year for me to introduce Dr. Seuss to my class. Many are just starting to take off with reading, and when they find out they can read LONG, FUN books like Hop on Pop all by themselves, it's really motivating! I also introduce Mo Willem's Elephant & Piggie series this month.

After reading we talked about hot air balloons and thought/paired/shared where we'd want to go if we had one.

Here's how this project worked:
1. Kids cut out and painted their hot air balloon while I went around and took pictures.
2. After setting their balloons aside, they wrote "I want to go to..." on sentence strips.
3. Later in the day, once the paint had dried, they glued their balloon onto paper and drew a "setting" for their story. By that point I had cut out their pictures, so they also had a "character" to add.

These turned out really cute!

Here are the common core standards we were working on:

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.

Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)

Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., theoftoyoushemyisaredo,does).

With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.


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  2. I absolutely loved the book; it was so inspiring even to me, an older person. I can imagine how much fun the kids had while reading it. I appreciate the work you have done to help the kids understand this work of art fuller and make the reading more interesting and exciting for them. I like the work that were about to do on the reading material, to connect it with practicing the pronunciation and writing skills is a good idea. I doubt that your student will have problem writing an essay, but if they do, they can always purchase an essay online and start reading another exciting story.