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In the Meadow – Lesson 22 – Mystery Picture

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Reading Games, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans, Teaching Reading | 0 comments

Everyone loves a mystery! For this lesson, your child will decode sentences to reveal a mystery picture little by little!   In the Meadow – Lesson 22 I can decode sentences. Objective: To decode sentences. (RF.K.2) Materials: print-out of a bird nest, sticky note pads, marker, scissors Procedures: Print out a large picture of a bird nest or find a picture from and old magazine to tear out. Write twelve decodable sentences on the sticky notes. Cover the picture with the sticky notes. Your child will choose a sentence to read. Then he...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 21 – Onset and Rime Twisty Eggs

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Decoding words, Early Literacy, onset-rime, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Reading Games, Set 16 In the Meadow lesson plans | 0 comments

Here is a fun lesson to practice onset and rime. And it goes along great with our new book, Blue Jay. Tweet tweet! In the Meadow – Lesson 21 I can read words using onset rime. Objective: To read words using onset rime. (RF.K.3) Materials: plastic colored eggs, marker Procedures: On the open edge of one half of an egg, write word families such as eep, ail, ay, etc. on the other half, write consonants, digraphs or blends such as j, sh, b, fr, etc. Put the egg together. Your child will focus on one word family and slowly turn the other...

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In the Meadow – Lesson 20 – Writing Prompt for Book 5 Blue Jay.

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 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

Spring is the perfect time for this writing prompt! And Book 5 Blue Jay will give your child lots of ideas to write about in his journal. In the Meadow – Lesson 20 I can write about a blue jay. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Read a nonfiction story about a blue jay or research blue jays together online. Ask your child to write facts about a blue jay. Encourage him to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use letter-sounds...

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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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