“Oh boy and girls, guess what? This week we are reading another nonfiction text. Can I get a whoot, whoot?! Thank you! Yes, and remember that nonfiction books do what? Yes, they teach us things! What are these things called? Yes, facts! We learn lots and LOTS of facts in nonfiction texts. There is just one secret… would you like me to tell you? Well, boys and girls, in order to learn lots and LOTS of facts you have to listen VERY closely! Sometimes when people read to me I get distracted and forget to listen. Make you are listening for these facts! Keep them up here (point to your head) and you will be able to share them with us!”
On day two we will be dipping back into the book to address those vocabulary words! I *hope* you are starting to see your kiddos using those words in their everyday life! This is a HUGE part of close reads and really the reason we spend a whole day on vocabulary! How do you get the kiddos to add these words to their everyday life? YOU use them!
“Boys and girls, come on down to the carper so we can get cozy!”
“Oh, your jacket looks so cozy. Is it?”
“Eek! My writing paper is bare…what should I write?”
“I am feeling a little chilly in here? Do you guys feel chilly?”
“When we go outside today, let’s look and see if there are any buds on the trees!”
“Johnny, will you collect the papers for me?”
I encourage you to try SO HARD to use those words…. trust me they are listening! Sometimes I get… “OH YOU SAID ONE OF OUR WORDS!” “Oh, did I? What word was that?”
Kindergarten students undoubtedly tend to live in their bubbles… “T! That’s my letter! It starts my name.” They can be the same with read alouds if we don’t show them the skill outside the book as well. Squirrels aren’t the only ones that collect…who/what else can? We aren’t just cozy in our beds…where else can we be cozy?
So, this week I challenge you to use those words! And bonus points if you can use them all in one sentence! Ha!
cozy: use arms to hug yourself and and make ahhh sound
bare: arms out and make shiver
bud: make one fist (bud) then slowly open your fingers showing the bloom
chilly: shake arms and shiver
collect: hands hands to pretend grab several items
Don’t forget to display those essential questions! This is just the life based question below!
There’s two “crafts” in this week so I like to do the sequencing trees on Thursday as well!
Just a reminder that all of the activities above and a week long detailed lesson plan are part of my KinderLiteracy units!
Below is a sentence starter story using “I like…”
First off…names! Yes, if you do not know how to id the letters in your name or write your name- – we are starting there! I love to cut up names and mix/fix names! For cut up names, I write each students name on a sentence strip twice. I cut one one name and leave one name whole. I place both into an envelope! At the table we pull out our large name plates and trace over the letters with our fingers. I then have them pull out their pieces and start building their names. This helps me get around the table and check in with each student. I have them continue to mix and fix until I get around to everyone! We then push up our pieces and write the names!
We like to do the same with magnetic letters. However, I have preferred this initially because they need to see those letters BIG! I can also send this home and they can work on it there as well! 🙂