It was apple week and it was a fun week! I LOVE summer, but there is something about the start of fall that is sure nice! However, Missouri seems to have petal to the metal on summer…maybe it will be fall soon? This week our KinderLiteracy close read book was Apples for Everyone!
We built our prior knowledge using our bubble chart and then added additional facts from the text after reading it the first time! The kiddos have been doing great with their turn and talks! I was a little worried at first but they’ve warmed up a lot! 🙂
The kiddos also made great connections to the KinderLiteracy vocabulary words this week! We also always add motions to the words to include the whole-body movement connection! For bloom we had our hands open as a flower. For the word ripe we picked an apple and took a bite bite *crunch* For thus we took our fists and slammed it into our other palm! Rot was easy…we plugged our noses and said phew! For dribble we took a bite and wiped the juice from our chins. Adding the movement has increased their ability to retain and USE the vocabulary words tremendously!
On Friday we did our weekly craft! I purchased the thin poster board and cut them right down the middle. I then did the tree outline in marker and the kiddos colored it in! I cut apples down the center and the kids dipped the apples into red paint and placed their apples on the tree! I think they turned out just precious!
We wrapped up our KinderLiteracy apple week with our weekly skill check! These are included within the units so you don’t have to re-create the wheel!
This picture is from the previous week but wanted to share anyway…from when we were focusing on 1:1 reading! We still are, but this was a whole-group lesson! 🙂
Alright, now a look at each daily five!
In word work the kiddos have lots of hands-on activities! I will be switching these activities out mid-week so I’ll be sure to update you with what I have in there! I shared this idea over the summer…it’s easy and cheap! I wrote the letters on the means and the kiddos sort them into the muffin tin!
For work on writing I still have these ABC sheets in their folders! I like them because they practice writing on one side but the back offers coloring practice which keeps them busy until we build more skills on writing independently! I get a lot of questions about where these sheets are from..you can view them here!
For listening to read I use portable cd players…I’m sure I am the only one HA! So, we take some time discussing how to work those! I also made little cards to help them figure out which buttons to push! Surprisingly it helped 😛 We are also using StarFall as well!
To keep the kiddos busy for the entire round I have left these simple recording sheets! The kiddos color their favorite part and how the book made them feel! You can snag the recording sheets for free directly below!
In my classroom I swapped out read to someone with explore! Especially at this time of the year I feel my kiddos need the opportunity to work those fingers and build fine motor skills! You can see what I have in my explore tubs HERE!
Also, if you don’t follow me on Facebook you might not have seen, but there is a new Sounds ENDLESS bundle in the family! This bundle currently has 8 beginning sound packets, but will have middle and ending sound packets added through the year as it GROWS AND GROWS! You can snag it discounted and on SALE below! My entire shop is on sale for 20% off through Tuesday!