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In the Meadow – Lesson 19 – Book 5 Blue Jay

Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule | 0 comments

Spring is in the air and Blue Jay has some exciting news! What could it be? Read the story to find out! In the Meadow – Lesson 19 I can  read the story, “Blue Jay.” Objective: To fluently read the story, Blue Jay. (RF.K.4) Materials: Blue Jay (Set 16, Book 5) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Where does this story take place? What kind of bird is this story about? Describe the blue jay. Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 18 – Sight Word Fun

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Tactile Writing, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Learning new sight words is extra fun when you use tactile writing! In the Meadow – Lesson 18 I can read sight words: blue, they, four, three, them.   Objective: To read sight words: blue, they, four, three, them. (RF.K.3) Materials: sight word cards, shaving cream, tray Procedures: Explain to your child that she will learn five new sight words. Talk about each new sight word one at a time and have her trace it with her finger, while saying the letters and then the word. Spread a layer of shaving cream on a tray to pretend it is...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 17 – Decoding Words

Posted by on Feb 18, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Decoding words, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Reading Games, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule | 0 comments

This sensory jar is a fun way to practice decoding words, especially when there are insects hiding! In the Meadow – Lesson 17 I can decode words. Objective: To decode words. (RF.K.3) Materials: plastic jar, grass seeds, plastic insects, small slips of cardstock, marker Procedures: Wash out an empty, plastic peanut butter jar. When dry, fill the jar almost full with grass seeds. For extra fun, add plastic insects. Write decodable words on slips of cardstock and place them in the jar. Your child will slowly turn the jar and read each word...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 16 – Writing Prompt for Book 4 The Seeds

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics Readers, Science, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Today your child can be a scientist and write facts about ants and grasshoppers. In the Meadow – Lesson 16 I can write about a grasshopper and an ant. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Read nonfiction stories about ants and grasshoppers or research these insects together online. Ask your child to write a fact about each insect. Encourage her to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use letter-sounds that she hears in words....

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In the Meadow – Lesson 15 – Book 4 The Seeds

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 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 | 0 comments

Here is a classic fable that your child is sure to enjoy while learning the lesson that hard work pays off. Lesson 15 I can read the story, “The Seeds.” Objective: To fluently read the story, The Seeds. (RF.K.4) Materials: The Seeds (Set 16, Book 4) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Who are the characters? What fable does this story remind you of? What happened in that story? Describe the setting. Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 14 – Swat the Bee

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Reading Games, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Oh those pesky bees! In this activity, your child will have fun racing to find the sight word. In the Meadow – Lesson 14 I can read sight words. Objective: To read sight words. (RF.K.3) Materials: yellow and white construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons, marker, fly swatter Procedures: Have your child create several bees with the art supplies. On the bees, write sight words that you would like your child to practice. Spread the bees on the table. Say a sight word and your child will swat the bee with that word as soon as he sees it....

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In the Meadow – Lesson 13 – Bumble Bee Blends

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Blends, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Letter Sounds, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

 Hide and seek games are so much fun! Try this game to practice blends. In the Meadow – Lesson 13 I can identify blends.   Objective: To identify blends. (RF.K.1, RF.K.3) Materials: flower cut-outs, small clipart of a bee, marker Procedures: Make flower shapes from construction paper or foam sheets and write a blend on each one. Make a bee that is small enough to hide behind a flower. Ask your child to cover his eyes while you hide the bee. Then ask him to uncover his eyes. You will chant: “Hickety PIckety Bumble Bee! Do you have a...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 12 – Writing Prompt for Book 3 Bee

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics Readers, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts | 0 comments

Buzzzzz! For today’s journal entry, your child will write a fact about a bee. In the Meadow – Lesson 12 I can write about bees.   Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Read a nonfiction story about bees or research bees together online. Ask your child to write facts about bees. 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 words under his sentence. Then he...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 11 – Book 3 Bee

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading, Two Vowels Together Rule | 0 comments

This little bee is happy as can be now that he has his beautiful stripes. Who helped him get his stripes? Read this cute story to find out! In the Meadow – Lesson 11 I can read the story, “Bee.”   Objective: To fluently read the story, Bee. (RF.K.4) Materials: Bee (Set 16, Book 3) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? What insect is pictured? What else do you see in the picture? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your child...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 10 – Sight Word Fun

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Fluency, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Sight Words, Spelling, Tactile Writing, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Using your senses makes learning stick. In today’s sight word lesson, your child will use her sense of sight, touch and smell!  In the Meadow – Lesson 10 I can read sight words: so, yellow. Objective: To read sight words: so, yellow (RF.K.3) Materials: cinnamon, tray, Q-tip, sight word cards Procedures: Place a thin layer of cinnamon on a tray. Tell your child she will learn two new sight words. Show her the sight word card “so”. Have her trace and name each letter and then she will say the word. Repeat with the sight word...

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