This item bundles the Promethean ActivInspire flipchart and the accompanying Student Journal with a 30% discount.
This is a Promethean ActivInspire flipchart that includes a year-long collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, well-documented to improve phonemic awareness and early literacy skills in young learners. Each week, students have the chance to learn and study a new rhyme, whether in whole-group, small-group, or individually.
The text is presented with extra spacing for students to focus on letters, words, word families, phrases, punctuation, spacing, etc. There are an unlimited number of ways to study poetry with young children from vocabulary to comprehension to fluency to literacy and more. Specific ideas are embedded in the flipchart's teacher notes.
There are tools included on each page to highlight, circle, and underline the text features that your students are studying. Pull the arrows for lots of extra features to build word work, vocabulary development, comprehension, and fun extras related to each individual poem.
This flipchart has been particularly helpful with ELL/ESL and special needs students given the abundance of illustrations, definitions, and tactile ways to explore the text.
Note: this product is only useable with a Promethean interactive whiteboard.
2. Student Journal
This poetry journal includes a year-long collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes to match the rhymes in the flipchart. Designed to complement the class' existing whole-group poetry time, this journal was intended to be an independent center activity for students to extend their work with the week’s poem by reviewing the rhyme and by practicing fine motor skills (handwriting and drawing). Each week, students complete one poem. All upper- and lower-case letters are included in one form or another (see the progression below).
This may also be an excellent option for last-minute substitute teacher plans.
Each poem has two pages: on the first page, there is some activity for students to complete related to handwriting, and the second page presents the poem with space to illustrate it. The illustrations are good tools to gauge 1) comprehension of the poem, 2) development of fine-motor drawing skills, and 3) attention to detail in color, objects, background, etc. that may be of interest to you, especially if you are incorporating 6 + 1 Traits of Writing in your curriculum.
The activities on the first page of each poem are divided into groups (approximately every four poems, the skill changes), which include skills that build in difficulty:
a. Handwriting practice: writing letters inside bubble letters
Distinguishing given letters from other letters (same font) to ensure quick letter recognition
b. Handwriting practice: writing letters inside letter boxes
Distinguishing given letters from other letters (different fonts)
c. Handwriting practice: completing dotted letters
Adding basic missing sight words to the rhyme
d. Handwriting practice: writing over letters on the lines
Continue adding basic missing sight words to the rhyme
e. Continue handwriting practice over letters on the lines
Adding missing beginning letters to words in the rhyme
f. Handwriting practice: writing letters independently on the lines
Adding beginning letters to common word families (inspired by the poem) to create new words; how many real words can students create in one word family?
g. Substituting certain words in the rhymes for students' fun, new, creative ideas; students are partially rewriting the poem with their own ideas
h. Writing a sentence(s) to describe the students' illustration; here, students are essentially writing a caption for their picture