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Family Fun – Lesson 4 – Final e Rule

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Final e Rule, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading |

Here is a fun way to help your child understand the final e rule. Family Fun – Lesson 4 I can change vowel sounds in words by adding the final e. Objective: To change vowel sounds in words by adding the final e. (RF.K.3) Materials: dry-erase board, marker, magic wand. Procedures: Create a magic wand or purchase one at a dollar store. Ask your child to spell cap on a dry-erase board. Tell her to place the “magic e wand” at the end of the word. Explain that this word no longer says “cap” but by adding the “magic” e at the end of the word,...

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Family Fun – Lesson 3 – Identify Sight Words

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Sight Words, Tactile Writing, Teaching Reading |

Writing in frosting is always fun! Especially when you get to lick your finger! Family Fun – Lesson 3 I can identify sight words. Objective: To identify sight words: out, from. (RF.K.3) Materials: frosting, sight word cards, dish Procedures: Place a thin layer of frosting on a dish. Tell your child she is going to learn two new sight words. Display the sight word “out” and read it to your child. Have your child trace “out” with her finger. Then she will copy the word by writing it in the frosting, saying each letter and then the word....

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Family Fun – Lesson 2 – Bake a Blend (spl, tw)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Blends, CVC words, Early Literacy, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary |

This phonics lesson is lots of fun but it just might make you hungry for cookies! Family Fun – Lesson 2 I can identify the “spl” and “tw” blends. Objective: To identify the “spl” and “tw” blends. (RF.K.1, RF.K.3) Materials: paper plates, cookie shapes, marker, spatula Procedures: Create cookie shapes and write decodable words using the two blends. Place the cookies face down on a cookie sheet. Write “spl” and “tw” on paper plates. Talk about the sounds these blends make. Give your child a spatula to flip over a cookie. She will read the...

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Family Fun – Lesson 1 – Family Tree

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Phonics, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Writing |

A cute way to introduce your Set 15 Family Fun theme is to create a family tree. This family tree uses paint but you could create yours with crayons or other media. You may even want to  include photos. Family Fun – Lesson 1 I can create a family tree. Objective: To create a family tree. (L.K.2) Materials: paper, crayons, paint, marker Procedures: Discuss how the theme for Set 15 books is about Family. Explain to your child that he will help you create a family tree. Have your child draw a tree trunk and branches. To add blossoms and...

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Half-Pint Readers – Set 15 Family Fun

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Blends, Comprehension, CVC words, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary |

Ding Dong! Is anybody home? Come join us as we visit some very friendly Half-Pint families. You are sure to have lots of fun! In this set of books, your child will learn these new skills: Blends: spl, tw Sight Words: out, from, by, his, into, white, again, pretty, away, saw, come, want, new Word ending: _d, _ed Other  Skills: final e rule, ay, ew...

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Under the Sea – Lesson 26 – Decoding Sentences

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Reading Games, Set 14 Under the Sea, Teaching Reading |

Decoding sentences can be lots of fun when they are clues to finding a hidden treasure! Under the Sea – Lesson 26 I can read clues find a treasure. Objective: To read sentences. (RF.K.4) Materials: sentence strips, marker, toy treasure chest, gold wrapped candy or chocolate coins Procedures: Write numbered clues on strips of paper. Fill a small toy chest with chocolate coins or some other treasure. Place the clues in order around the house. Have your child dress up like a pirate. Your child will read the first clue and it will tell him...

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Under the Sea – Lesson 25 – Spelling CVC Words

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Alphabet, Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Letter Games, Letter Sounds, Moveable Alphabet, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 14 Under the Sea, Spelling, Tactile Letters, Teaching Reading |

Spray plastic magnetic letters with gold paint and your child will have an exciting treasure and a fun learning activity! Under the Sea – Lesson 25 I can spell cvc words. Objective: To spell cvc words. (RF.K.2) Materials: plastic letters, gold spray paint, toy treasure chest Procedures: Place plastic letters on newspaper outdoors and spray them with gold paint. When dry, place the gold letters in a treasure chest. Your child will take out the letters and put them in abc order. Then dictate words for your child to spell. (You can also...

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Under the Sea – Lesson 24 – Writing Prompt for Book 6 Stubs

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics, Set 14 Under the Sea, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts |

It’s always fun to find a treasure. So that’s what today’s writing prompt is about! Under the Sea – Lesson 24 I can write about a treasure. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about different kinds of treasures that pirates hid and how they made maps to find them again. For this writing prompt, ask your child to write about what he would like to find if he dug up a treasure chest. Encourage him to use spaces between words, punctuation at the...

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Under the Sea – Lesson 23 – Book 6 Stubs

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, CVC words, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics Readers, Set 14 Under the Sea, Teaching Reading |

Arrrgh! Shiver me timbers! Will this little pirate, Stubs, find the hidden treasure? Read this story to find out! Under the Sea – Lesson 23 I can read the story, “Stubs.” Objective: To fluently read the story, Stubs. (RF.K.4) Materials: Stubs (Set14, Book 6) 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 might the pirate be doing? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your child read the...

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Under the Sea – Lesson 22 – Decoding Real and Nonsense Words

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Nonsense Words, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 14 Under the Sea, Teaching Reading |

Decoding words is lots of fun when you get to find them in an “under the sea” sensory jar! Under the Sea – Lesson 22  I can decode real and nonsense words. Objective: To decode real and nonsense words. (RF.K.2) Materials: clear plastic jar, blue food coloring, sea shells, marker, small, plastic ocean animals. Procedures: Fill a jar plastic jar with water and add a few drops of blue food coloring. Write real and nonsense words on the shells. Place the shells in the bottle. Add ocean animals, glitter, etc. to make a sensory...

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