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In the Meadow – Lesson 5 – Sequencing Events in a Story

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics Readers, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Storytelling, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule | 0 comments

Retelling a story is a good way to tell if your child has comprehended what she has read. Snail is a perfect story to practice sequencing events.   In the Meadow – Lesson 5  I can sequence the events of a story. Objective: To sequence the events of a story (RL.K.2) Materials: sentence strips, marker Procedures: Write the sentences from the story, Snail, on strips of paper. Have your child read the sentences and sequence them to retell the story. Conclusion: Your child will choose two sentences to write on lined...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 4 – Writing Prompt for Book 1 Snail

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Children are fascinated by snails. For this writing prompt, your child will investigate and write about snails. In the Meadow – Lesson 4 I can write about a snail. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Read a nonfiction book about snails or research snails together online. Ask your child to write facts about snails in his journal. 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...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 3 – Book 1 The Snail

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics Readers, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule, Vocabulary | 0 comments

Oh no! The rain washed the little snail all the way down the trail. Will she make it back to the top? Read the story to find out if perseverance pays off. Family Fun – Lesson 3 I can read the story, “Snail.” Objective: To fluently read the story, Snail. (RF.K.4) Materials: Snail (Set 16, Book 1) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Who is the main character? Describe the setting. Where do you think the snail is going? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 2 – Two Vowels Together Rule

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Phonics, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule | 0 comments

Picking flowers is a cheerful way to practice decoding new words. Lesson 2 I can decode words that have two vowels together. Objective: To decode words which contain two vowels together. (RF.K.2) Materials: wipe-off board, marker, eraser, bin, dirt, craft sticks, construction paper. Procedures: Fill a bin with dirt. Have your child create flowers to glue to craft sticks. Write decodable words (with two vowels together) on the sticks and bury them in the dirt. Teach your child the “two vowels together rule. “When two vowels go walking, the...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 1 – Str Blend

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Blends, Early Literacy, Phonics, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Spelling, Tactile Writing, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

In the Meadow – Lesson 1 I can identify the “str” blend. To begin our new “In the Meadow” theme, your child will be writing in coffee grinds which he can pretend is dirt from the meadow.     Objective: To identify the “str” blend. (RF.K.1, RF.K.3) Materials: “str” blend card, coffee grinds, tray, unsharpened pencil Procedures: Place a thin layer of coffee grinds on a tray to represent dirt from the meadow. Display the “str” blend card to your child. Talk about the sound these letters make when blended together....

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Half-Pint Readers – Set 16 In the Meadow

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Blends, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics Readers, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary, Vowels | 0 comments

Buzzzzzz Bring along your bug catchers! We are heading to the Half-Pint meadow where you will meet some very busy bugs and animals! In this set of books, your child will learn these new skills: Blends: str Sight Words: so, yellow, blue, four, find, now, them, they, three, know Other Skills: Two vowel rule, compound words

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Family Fun – Lesson 32 – Decoding Sentences

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Fluency, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

This is our final lesson for our Family Fun theme. This reading lesson is super exciting because your child will get to unwrap a present after decoding the sentences! Lesson 32 I can decode sentences. Objective: To decode sentences. (RF.K.4) Materials: new toy or book, plain wrapping paper, tape, marker. Procedures: Wrap the present and write decodable sentences all over the box. Your child will read each sentence. When all of the sentences have been read correctly, your child will unwrap the present to see what’s inside! Conclusion: Snuggle...

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Family Fun – Lesson 31 – Decoding Words

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Final e Rule, Fluency, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary, Vowels | 0 comments

What could be more fun than knocking over the word cups with a party favor blow-out? Family Fun – Lesson 31 I can decode words. Objective: To decode words. (RF.K.3) Materials: party cups, marker, long narrow box, wrapping paper, party favor blow-outs Procedures: Write decodable words on paper cups (front and back). Find a long narrow box and place a small surprise inside. Wrap the box with birthday paper. Place four cups on top of the box. Give your child a party favor blow-out. Say a word. Your child will blow on the favor to knock off...

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Family Fun – Lesson 30 Writing Prompt for Book 6 Jake’s Big Day

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Receiving presents on your birthday is so much fun. Today your child will write about her favorite gift. Family Fun – Lesson 30 I can write about my favorite birthday present. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.1) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about the presents Jake received for his birthday. Ask your child to write about her favorite birthday present. 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...

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Family Fun – Lesson 29 – Book 6 Jake’s Big Day

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, CVC words, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Final e Rule, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary | 0 comments

Jake is turning five years old. What could he be getting for his birthday? Read this lovable story to find out. Family Fun – Lesson 29 I can read, “Jake’s Big Day.”   Objective: To fluently read the story, Jakes’s Big Day. (RF.K.4) Materials: Jake’s Big Day (Set 15, Book 6) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Describe the setting. What is the special event? Look for a clue to find out the birthday boy’s age. Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the...

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