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At the Beach – Lesson 19 – Decoding Sentences

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Sight Words | 0 comments

Finding a message in a bottle can be very exciting. So why not create messages in a bottle for your child to read? Now that’s reading with joy! I can decode sentences. Objective: To decode sentences. (RF.K.4) Materials: sentence strips, marker, empty water bottles, gum band. Procedures: Write decodable sentences on strips of paper. Roll each one up tightly and secure it with a gum band. Place each sentence in an empty water bottle. Tell your child that someone sent messages in a bottle out to sea. Your child will shake out a message,...

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At the Beach – Lesson 18 – Writing Prompt for Book 4 The Suntan

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Phonics, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

No more sunburns! For this writing prompt, your child will write about ways to keep safe in the sun. At the Beach – Lesson 18 I can write about how to stay safe in the sun. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.1) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about how too much sun can hurt your skin. For this writing prompt, ask your child to write about what he will do to keep safe from the harmful rays of the sun. Encourage him to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use...

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At the Beach – Lesson 17 – Book 4 The Suntan

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, CVC words, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics Readers, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary | 0 comments

On how many body parts does Jill put sunscreen? Read the story to find out! Lesson 17 I can read the story, “The Suntan”. Objective: To fluently read the story, The Suntan. (RF.K.4) Materials: The Suntan (Set 13, Book 4) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Describe the setting. Who is the main character? What is Jill doing? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your child read the book. As your child reads, discuss the illustrations,...

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At the Beach – Lesson 16 – Sorting Real and Nonsense Words

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Nonsense Words, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Those sea shells you’ve collected on a beach vacation can make fun activity to practice decoding real and nonsense words. At the Beach – Lesson 16 I can read real and nonsense words. Objective: To decode real and nonsense words. (RF.K.2) Materials: two baskets, sea shells, marker Procedures: Write real and nonsense decodable words on the shells. Label two baskets as real and nonsense. Your child will choose a shell, read the word and place it in the correct basket. Conclusion: After all the words have been read, your child can...

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At the Beach – Lesson 15 – Sight Word Game

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Sight Words, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Playing games makes learning sight words more enjoyable. “Pop” is always a favorite game to play. At the Beach – Lesson 15 I can read sight words. Objective: To read sight words. (RF.K.3) Materials: 23 popsicle sticks, black and pink markers, small pail or cup Procedures: With the black marker, write sight words on the edge of twenty popsicle sticks. With the pink marker, write the word “POP!”(from the story) on three popsicle sticks. Place the popsicle sticks in a small pail or cup with the words at the bottom so they do...

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At the Beach – Lesson 14 -Writing Prompt for Book 3 Gum

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

For this writing prompt, first let your child chew a piece of bubble gum. Then she will write sentences to describe gum. At the Beach – Lesson 14 I can write a describing sentence. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about how Jill liked to blow bubbles with her gum but how she did not like when a bubble popped! Talk about describing words for gum such as: sticky, sweet, chewy, pink, etc. Ask her to write a sentence to describe gum. Encourage her to use...

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At the Beach – Lesson 13 – Book 3 Gum

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Aw oh. Jill has some bubble trouble in this story! I think we’ve all been there, done that! Lesson 13 I can read the story, “Gum”. Objective: To fluently read and comprehend the story, Gum. (RF.K.4) Materials: Gum (Set 13, Book 3) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title? Where does this story take place? Who is the main character? What is Jill doing? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your child read the book. As your child reads, discuss the...

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At the Beach – Lesson 12 – Counting Words in a Sentence

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Phonemic Awareness, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

This phonemic awareness activity is lots of fun when you use snack items to count out words in a sentence. Mmmmm. At the Beach – Lesson 12 I can count words in a sentence. Objective: To count words in a sentence. (RF.K.2) Materials: napkin, foil cupcake liner, trail mix Procedures: Give your child a napkin and a container of trail mix items such as small pretzels, m & m’s , gold fix crackers, raisins, cereal, oyster crackers, mini marshmallows, etc. Say a sentence to your child such as “I will buy some nuts.” Your child will count...

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Lesson 11 – At the Beach – Making a List

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, CVC words, Early Literacy, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Writing | 0 comments

Do you remember all the things that Zack sold in The Snack Shack book? Test your memory by making a list!   At the Beach – Lesson 11 I can make a list. Objective: To make a list. (RF.K.2) Materials: notebook, pen Procedures: Give your child a notebook and a gel pen or thin markers to make writing more fun. Ask her to think back to the story and to make a numbered list of things that were for sale at the Snack Shack. After she has completed her list, allow her to refer to the book to add any forgotten items. Conclusion: Ask your...

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At the Beach – Lesson 10 Writing Prompt for Book 2 The Snack Shack

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Here is a fun writing prompt because who wouldn’t want to write about their favorite snack? Yum! I’ll meet you at the Snack Shack! At the Beach – Lesson 10 I can write about my favorite snack. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.1) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about some of the things Zack sold at the Snack Shack. For this writing prompt, ask your child to write about something he would like to buy at a shop on the beach. Encourage him to use spaces between words, punctuation at...

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