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Under the Sea – Lesson 2 – Sight Words

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Fluency, Set 14 Under the Sea, Sight Words, Tactile Writing, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Writing in sand helps children remember skills better than just writing on paper. DIY sand trays save you money, too! Under the Sea – Lesson 2 I can read sight words. Objective: To read sight words: then, was, when, help. (RF.K.3) Materials: sight word cards, sand, tray Procedures: Place a thin layer of sand on a tray. Tell your child she is going to learn four new sight words. Display the sight word ‘then’ and read it to your child. Have your child trace ‘then’ with her finger. Then she will copy the word by writing it in the sand,...

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Under the Sea – Lesson 1 – Beginning Sounds

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Blends, Digraphs, Early Literacy, Letter Games, Letter Sounds, Phonics, Set 14 Under the Sea, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Who likes to go deep sea fishing? Here is a fun “fishing” lesson to practice beginning sounds, including letters and blends. Under the Sea – Lesson 1 I can identify letters and sounds. Objective: To identify sounds. (RF.K.1, RF.K.3) Materials: bin, water, blue food coloring, ocean animals, shells, foam sea animal shapes, marker, plastic straw, small net Procedures: Purchase foam sea animal shapes at a craft store or make your own. Write letters and blends on each. Create an ocean sensory bin with blue water. Add small rubber...

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Half-Pint Readers – Set 14 Under the Sea

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, CVC words, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 14 Under the Sea, Sight Words, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Grab your snorkeling gear! We are diving under the sea to meet some funny Half-Pint ocean animals. In this set of book, new skills your child will learn are: Blends: br Sight Words: then, was, when, help  ...

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At the Beach – Lesson 28 – Beginning Sounds

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Letter Sounds, Phonics, Reading Games, Reading Readinesss, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Our final lesson for Set 13 At the Beach is identifying beginning sounds. What better way than to have a picnic? At the Beach – Lesson 28 I can identify beginning sounds. Objective: To match objects to their beginning sounds. (RF.K.2) Materials: picnic basket, toy food, letters or word cards, table cloth. Procedures: Fill a basket with toy food or real food. Your child will match each item to its beginning letter sound. This activity could also be used to practice ending sounds, middle sounds or to read and spell words. Conclusion: Have...

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At the Beach – Lesson 27 – Sight Word Knock-Down

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Sight Words, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Red solo-cups can be used for many games. This “knock-down sight word game” is always a favorite. At the Beach – Lesson 27 I can read sight words. Objective: To read sight words. (RF.K.3) Materials:  10 red solo cups, black sharpie pen, ball or bean bag Procedures: Write sight words on the cups. Stack the cups with four cups on the bottom, then three, then two and one at the top. Your child will toss the bean bag to see how many cups she can make fall. She will read the sight words on the cups that are knocked down. Re-stack...

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At the Beach – Lesson 26 – Writing Prompt for Book 6 The Picnic

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Phonics, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Yum!!! For today’s writing prompt, your child will write about his favorite picnic food. At the Beach – Lesson 26 I can write about a picnic. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.1) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about the story and the family’s picnic. Ask your child to write about something he would like to eat if your family had a picnic. Encourage him to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use letter-sounds that he hears in words. Write the real...

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At the Beach – Lesson 25 – Book 5 The Picnic

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, CVC words, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary | 0 comments

Our Half-Pint family loves picnics! How about you? Read this story to compare their picnic to yours! At the Beach – Lesson 25 I can read the story, “The Picnic.” Objective: To fluently read the story, The Picnic. (RF.K.4) Materials: The Picnic (Set 13, Book 6) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Who are characters? Where does this story take place? What is this story going to be about? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your...

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At the Beach – Lesson 24 – Decoding Sentences

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Sight Words, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

This lesson will get your child up and moving while reading sentences and counting. It’s even more fun when played outdoors! At the Beach – Lesson 24 I can decode sentences. Objective: To decode sentences. (RF.K.4) Materials: two large dice, (one for counting, one for reading) marker, paper, tape Procedures: Write the following actions on paper and tape them to each side of a large or homemade dice. Your child will roll both dice. He will read the sentence on which it has landed. Then he will do that action as many times as the...

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At the Beach – Lesson 23 – Spelling CVC Words

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 13 At the Beach, Spelling, Tactile Writing, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Take learning outdoors with this fun tactile writing lesson! At the Beach – Lesson 23 I can spell cvc words. Objective: To spell and write cvc words. (RF.K.2) Materials: water, bucket, paintbrush, sidewalk Procedures: Fill a bucket with water. If weather permits, take the bucket and the paintbrush outside. Tell your child to paint various cvc words on the sidewalk. If the weather is not suitable, your child can paint words on a concrete basement floor or on a chalkboard. Conclusion: Have your child read the words to you before they...

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At the Beach – Lesson 22 – Writing Prompt for Book 5 The Wet Dock

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics, Set 13 At the Beach, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

For this journal entry, your child will write about water safety. At the Beach – Lesson 22 I can write about water safety. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about water safety rules such as wearing a life jacket, never going near water alone, etc. Ask your child to write water safety rules. Encourage her to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use letter-sounds that she hears in words. Write the real words under her...

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