This unit contains 100 different lists for students to use in the classroom. Lists are a great way for English Language Learners to make sense of vocabulary, and they are also a wonderful way for young learners to understand language and classify objects in the world around them. The set includes lists that focus on ten different colors, initial sounds, short and long vowel sounds, animal habitats, weather, social studies concepts, parts of speech, all five senses, school and home themes, animal classification, and creative thinking. Each list page has a small graphic and space for ten entries. Extra writing and drawing can be done on the back of the half-sheet pages.
The lists are ready-to use! Simply print, cut in half, and distribute to students. Lists make quick-to-prep literacy center activities. Choose a list, gather coordinating books, and it’s done! You can pair the “Things In Our Classroom” list with books about school. Or use the “Places Animals Live” list with informational texts with a habitat theme. The “Things I Would Like To Buy” list can be used with ads from the local newspaper!
Lists can be used as a whole class activity to encourage group brainstorming, or they can be used as independent work. A list can be part of a literacy center, and student can use the back of the paper to write. The last pages can be used to make connections between words on the list, add evidence, provide facts or create a writing piece.
Suggestions for use:
As a focus activity for students at the beginning of a new unit
To help students apply new knowledge at the end of a unit
To generate student ideas for writing
To record words from “Read the Room” or “Write the Room”
Word searches in books (students choose a book and search for words in it)
Whole group vocabulary study
Warm up activities at the start of the day
Word Work activity during Readers Workshop
Brainstorming activity during Writers Workshop
Common Core Standards
RF.K.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds in three-phoneme words.
RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
L.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings. (Sore common objects into categories.)
L.1.1 Deomonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammer and usage when writing or speaking.
L.1.5 With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings (Sort words into categaories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.)
RF.1.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. (Know final –e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
L.2.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
L.2.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe.