Saturday, April 28, 2012

Responding to Books


Making Predictions and Connections
I read the first few pages of this book and stopped at the part when a box is in the kitchen of the house. My class went off and made predictions. I love both of Denise's Buster books they are my favorites!!! She has also written Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp.

I got this book out of  my local library  for my boys and I had to share it with my class. !!! It's hysterical. I did not have my class respond in writing but I made a response sheet for next year! We did oral predictions and no one was able to figure out what was the most perfect pet for Bridget Fidget. 


What did you learn?
This story send the message of how Denise feels about nature. Lots of kids in class commented that she cares about nature. I read this book a few times, sharing more of the habitat information at the back of the book. This book encouraged lots of conversations about animal habitats in your backyard.
This book let's you peek at the lives of endangered animals and learn how to help. All of these animals — and many more, from tigers to elephants to polar bears, orangutans to dolphins, penguins to sea turtles — are disappearing, threatened by deforestation, poaching, fishing nets, global warming, and more. After enjoying the book’s eye-catching, dramatic format, kids can follow the simple suggestions offered to help save the animals. 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Literacy Lessons this Week in KC



Daily 5 
This week we are picking goals we are working on, on the Daily 5 board. The children put their name on a Post it and stick it on the board. There are four categories for students to select from 
Comprehension
Accuracy
Fluency
Expanded Vocabulary
You can see under each section the learning goals we are working on.


This week we added to the chart know there are spaces between words.  I made Space People for the class and we modeled using them during an interactive writing lesson.  I saw this in Linda Hoyt's book. 
When we were working on our Guess Who Books one partner wrote while the other person was the Space Person. One child said, "Mrs. Clancy do you think we can use these at writing workshop time?" I can't believe I have never thought of making these sticks!!!! It was like magic, beautiful spaces were everywhere. I am thinking of a similar tool to make for  rereading our work.



Word Work
This is an example of word work station during Daily 5 time. 
This is simple I put three words in the lunch box with the magnet letters. The students have to read, make, mix up 3 times. I love how the letters stay in the lunch box and make it easier for the next person who works at this station. I put different words in boxes and tell students which words to work on.




Shared Reading
Cloze procedure
When reading a new big book to the class I often hide some of the words the first time we read it. The class gets super excited to figure out the word.

As a group we figure out what word would make sense? We talk about what word they would expect to see under the Post-It. Would that word make sense? Would it sound right?  Would it look right?
See me_____. The group replied ski  you can see at the top the different spellings children gave me for the word ski.


You can see above some of the suggestions the class gave me for see me ________.  We had to take off the green Post-it to 
see the first letter. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Literature Based Math Lessons

I am on school vacation this week so one of my projects was to make some templates to go with some math books I love to use in my classroom. There are so many amazing books that connect to math.  For this post I shared the book, quick explanation and a response sheet I created. I think you will probably be familiar with many of books!

Teaching The Lesson
 When I am presenting a lesson with a book,  I often revisit the book many times. I have a  lot of discussions on what we notice about the book and how it connects to math.  On a different day I will present the problem we will focus on that day and reread the story. After the reading I will often demonstrate a way to approach the problem with student input. I often have the class give me a few different suggestions.   I always model on the easel and will incorporate using math manipulates.
Each page in this book has a number of fish and in the corner it pluses one more fish. If you look closely on the first page Lois has a hidden word. 
Brightly colored fish introduce young children to counting and basic addition in this fun and simple concept book.. This is one of my favorite Lois Ehlert books it can lend itself easily to so many follow up lessons. Her illustrations are bold, bright and beautiful. Making fish was an easy task for K's many made beautiful patterns.

Luminous pictures and a buoyant, chant-aloud text, combine to make this two-way counting book as joyous and magical as catching fireflies on a summer night.  I love this book! I don't know if it's because I have only seen a firefly once in my life and it felt magical. My class did a great job writing sentences + and - problems. I encouraged students to write a full sentence so that friends could solve them on a different day.
Quack and Count is a cute story of a group of ducks who are learning to fly. Throughout the book, the author presents the ducks in different combinations to represent addition up to seven. This is a book that I just stumbled upon and it's perfect for kindergarten especially when introducing addition. When I did the response sheet below many of my students went over board with drawing detailed ducks.
1 hunter walks through the jungle. He does not see 2 elephants or 3 giraffes. But they see him! This is a tricky problem for K's. I would definitely have students use cubes to solve this problem and encourage students to work with a friend. When recording I would encourage students to use a quick and efficient way to record. I do plan on doing this problem in a few weeks. With a problem this challenging, I am more interested in how students approach the problem, collaborate with peers and the different ways they find the solution.

Mr. and Mrs. Haktak find a magic pot that makes a copy of everything that gets put inside it.  There is a great poem about doubles on Pinterest that would compliment this lesson.

An imaginative little boy explores the many pleasures that can be found in--and made from--his grandmother's button box. We have a few math investigations in the fall that focus on buttons. I often create a quick sheet to record.  I know the recording piece is challenging so I thought having some words at the bottom would be helpful. We often look at a button and describe it's attributes which connects nicely to this book and The Lost Button. After reading this story, you could make a list of all the different kinds of buttons/attributes mentioned in the story. 


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 __ 12 What happened to 11? Is it in the magician's hat? Maybe it's in the mailbox or hiding in the jack-o'-lantern? Don't forget to look in the barnyard where the hen awaits the arrival of her new little chicks. Could that be where eleven went? Eve Merriam and Bernie Karlin take young readers on a counting adventure as they demonstrate twelve witty and imaginative ways to get to eleven. Some years I can't use this book because I have used it so many times!!! It is a great book and you can easily make a class book  21 ways to get to 11 or use any number. I had to include this book in case someone does not know it!
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If you have a favorite math book  I would love to hear from you!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Animal Action~Verb lessons



 We have been on the look out for animal action words !! We have been reading Denise Flemings's books The Small Small Pond and The Tall Tall Grass. The kids immediately noticed how Denise makes the words change according to the creature action. This week we read Peck, Slither and Slide and Move!!After reading and discussing what we notice about these books we illustrated some action words.


 About These Books Below

Features animals, each matched with a verb conveying something about the animal's behavior, accompanied by illustrations allowing the viewer to guess the animal. Includes section of animal facts.



Follow them as they swing, dance, float, leap, and slide from page to page, then learn why these animals move the way they do. Move! is a playful introduction to motion in the animal kingdom that invites young readers to guess some of the unusual ways that animals get around. Action is the name of the game, so Move!
Some student examples










I think there are 15 pages I printed some of the word twice I just asked that they illustrate different animals.

We read the book In The Small Small Pond many times. We dramatized the verbs below and then illustrated them.