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In the Meadow – Lesson 9 – Toad’s Vowel Game

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans | 0 comments

We found this cute game on Pinterest and adapted it for our lesson on decoding words with two vowels together. So fun! Lesson 9 I can decode words having two vowels together. Objective: To decode words having two vowels together. (RF.K.3) Materials: tic-tac-toe grid, pipe cleaners Procedures: Create a tic-tac-toe grid and place lily pad clipart in each section. Cut pipe cleaners to form X’s and O’s. Play tic-tac-toe together. Have your child read the word each time someone places their X or O on a lily pad. Conclusion: Ask your child to read...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 8 – Writing Prompt for Book 2 Toad

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

If your child loves toads (and what child doesn’t?), she will love today’s writing prompt. In the Meadow – Lesson 8  I can write about a toad. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Research toads online or through nonfiction books with your child. Ask your child to write facts about toads in her journal. 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...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 7 – Book 2 Toad

Posted by on Jul 18, 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

Toad is a very tidy amphibian. How does he keep his boat clean? Read this story to find out! Lesson 7 I can read the story, “Toad.” Objective: To fluently read the story, Toad. (RF.K.4) Materials: Toad (Set 16, Book 2) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Who is the main character in this story? Where is the toad? What is blooming in the meadow? 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...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 6 – Decoding Words

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Phonics, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Spelling, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule | 0 comments

Here is a fun and easy-to-prepare lesson for blending sounds to decode new words. In the Meadow – Lesson 6 I can decode words.   Objective: To decode words. (RF.K.3) Materials: wipe off board, marker, eraser, craft stick, snail clipart Procedures: Tape a picture of a snail to a craft stick. Talk about the story and how Snail slid back down the slippery slope. Tell your child to draw a slippery slope on the wipe off board. Spell decodable words by writing the letters going down the slope. Your child will use the snail pointer to...

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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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