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1. 7 LITERACY CENTER SIGNS
Teacher and work station labels include signs for art, computer, drama, library, math, science, and writing. These all have white backgrounds with interesting photos, images, and quotes.
Some of the objects on the signs have been labeled with their appropriate names to promote literacy. Also, some labels include the career opportunities associated with the domain. For example, the art station lists the different types of artists.
2.BOOK STUDY: What's New at the Zoo?
This product is based on the children's book, What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure. It includes 10 questions with an answer key, animal related games and songs, and a link to the author's website. This printable can be used in class or as homework. The story is for lower level primary school students.
3. LITERACY CENTER CHECKLIST
Use this literacy checklist with students to help hold them accountable for their tasks during rotations. Each image clearly represents a task so that students who are unable to read will know what to do. I suggest laminating these task cards for students to reuse all week.
4. Original Story: A Chance to Grow: The Story of a Hungry Chick
Description: This 10-page document includes a story, glossary, and vocabulary pretest aligned to the Common Core Standards. The story covers the life cycle of various animals and insects,
as well as the food chain. The Flesch-Kincaid grade level readability is 3.6.
It has not been illustrated; therefore, students can use this story to create their own illustrations. Only the title page and student glossary have clipart. Additionally, the page borders are adorned with sunflowers. Students are provided space to illustrate the story on each page to match the meaning of text.
Fifteen vocabulary words are boldface typed within the story with definitions provided on the glossary page: hatch, Luna moth, cocoon, sprout, bud, famished, tadpole, bullfrog, bulging, rooster, hen, mature, coop, ruffled, and roost. The vocabulary pretest has illustrations and real photos of some of the terminology and asks students to match the word with the image.
**************Sample text from story:
Next, the chick found a large striped seed on the ground.
“Please do not eat me,” said the seed. “For I have not had a chance to grow. My mom says that I will grow up to be a giant sunflower just like my sister!”
“My mom said I could eat flowers,” said the starving chick.
“Well, you will have to wait until I sprout, grow leaves, and bud into a flower!” said the seed. The chick agreed to wait and went to search for other food.
The end purpose is to have students read it to their parents or other students in the school. This was a popular activity I used in my first grade class during English language arts.
Common Core Standards: This activity correlates to the following Common Core State Standards on Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Kindergartners: #5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
Grade 1 Students: #5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Grade 2 Students: #5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. (Note: The text and drawings can serve as the storyboard for recordings.)
You can use this material in two different ways in the ELA or ESL class. For example, you can distribute the pages among your class and have the students illustrate the part of the story on their page. Then the teacher can compile them into a book for the class library for the students to read. On the other hand, you can use this activity as an individual assignment and have the students illustrate their very own booklet.
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