Monday, April 2, 2012

Literacy Lessons in KC

I loved this lesson! We went back to two very familiar Nancy Carlson books and went on a Punctuation Scavenger Hunt

We noticed that she didn't have many questions marks. I asked the group what kind of book do you think we would find  questions mark...a reader in the group responded nonfiction. This week we will do this again with a nonfiction book. This lesson came from the book Mastering the Mechanics k-1 by Linda Hoyt.

Writing Craft Anchor Chart
While learning about Nancy Carlson, we recorded things we notice about her writing.
 Retelling Stories focusing on Beginning, Middle, and End

I had students work with a partner or two to make these Nancy Carlson posters. I did have a few students work alone.  They came out beautiful. Nancy Carlson makes what we call picture bubbles in her books. I love how students have automatically done that. 

We retold the beginning, middle and end on a Voice Thread.

What we learned about Nancy Carlson??? 
Our favorite is Henry.

Nancy Carlson knew in kindergarten that 
she wanted to be an author.
Happy ending

This a Voice thread of what we learned about her. 
Students worked with a partner. 


  1. What a great idea! I bang my head against the wall every year trying to get my kids to understand punctuation. I'll definitely be trying the scavenger hunt. Also, I'm a new follower. Excited to share ideas with you! :)

  2. Hi Kristen, I am so glad you found it useful! You'll find too so many other conversations that stem from this lesson! Thanks for following!