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This theme offers activities based on common core curriculum outcomes. It is meant to use for the first few months of the school year. I use this theme in conjunction with the Winter theme. The theme is meant to be used for the duration of one to two weeks.
Included in this theme:
Four emergent alphabet and sight word readers (professionally illustrated). The readers are meant to introduce key learning concepts. The reader Cool Clouds introduces or reviews the the letter "Cc" and its corresponding sound and common sight words, It is meant to use as a follow-up to reading the literature selection "It Looked Like Spilt Milk". The reader Unicorn's Umbrellas is a fun fictional reader where the students identify the two sounds of the letter "Uu" and common sight words within context. The students are required to color the umbrellas according to the text (interactive comprehension component). Under the Umbrella is another fun fictional reader that introduces the five senses. What's the Weather Like? is another reader that introduces weather words. Readers are offered in both color and black and white. The color readers can be projected on your interactive whiteboard or pictures cut and placed in a pocket chart along with the sentence to use for shared reading. The black and white versions are meant to use for guided or home reading.
Literacy Center Activities
-Alphabet picture cards for the students to sort initial focus letter sounds.
-Roll the Die Alphabet Game, students take turns rolling a die and moving that many spaces on their game. They must print the letter that represents the initial focus sound of the picture they land on.
-Spin the Top Sound Game, students spin a top and identify and print the letter name represented on the picture they landed.
-Race Around the Clouds Game board identification game, students roll a die and race around the clouds, identifying the letter names indicated on the clouds, could also be a matching game (easier version).
-Flip the Sight Word Game, outlines a fun activity for students to learn their sight words.
Math Center Activities
-This theme focuses on math activities where the students must identify and print numbers 1-20 (dotted printing and twenty-frame cards). Games to develop and master this concept is also included. Picture for making a weather graph is included. Weather sorting picture cards are also included.
Included are recommendations for literature reading selections
This theme includes a science experiment related to discussing Weather.
Craft suggestions related to the emergent readers and literature selections is included, as well, as the templates used to complete these crafts.
This unit is based on a balanced literacy approach to learning.
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