How It Works:
Sharing stories and reading aloud to children is one of the most
significant activities for building knowledge that is essential for
achievement in reading. By means of this unit charming pigs, hens, goats,
bears, mice, and others will attract your students into the magical world of
reading and literature. Students will participate in engaging activities and
will expand their vocabulary. Students will learn how oral sounds and print
are associated. They will participate in many phonemic awareness activities
with beginning sounds. Furthermore, students will develop a pleasure for
language and the enchanting elements of stories. Your students will truly
love these activities as well as fall in love with reading.
Students will participate in shared reading using predictable language
texts. Students will respond to literature through a variety of activities
including choral and art. Students will identify relevant supporting details
and arrange events in chronological order. Students will demonstrate
knowledge of sounds/patterns of oral language by generating rhymes. Students
will identify patterns in words. Students will use initial sounds to
represent word structure. Students will produce sounds and letters by
writing letters and matching letters and sounds. Students will respond to
literature and work with simple conventions such as capitalization,
punctuation, high frequency words, pattern words, inventive spelling, etc.
Estimated Class Periods To Complete:
10 or more
Software Materials Used:
Software needed to complete projects include multimedia presentation
software such as KidPix, and a word processing with spreadsheet program such
as ClarisWorks, AppleWorks, Microsoft Excel, etc.
gingerbread, catch, wheat, mill, grind, tend, thresh, chimney, bricks,
straw, sticks, chin, huff and puff, build, first, second, third, wolf,
cottage, cozy, woods, porridge, large, great, big, wee, little, tiny, small,
middle-sized, medium, curious, forest, basket, nightgown, cape, hood,
woodsman, goodies, country, city, overalls, fancy, plain, simple, noisy,
This unit is appropriate for the primary grades. The lessons incorporate
activities suitable for different learning styles. The lessons can be
adapted to work with small groups or large groups of students. Students will
need basic skills in reading, writing, math, and technology. Some lessons
may require the help of parents or aids in the classroom since the younger
children may have difficulties with the computer or basic reading and
This unit provides students the opportunity to investigate, explore and
learn about reading and literature in fun and meaningful ways and then take
this information to create technology rich projects.
Conduct basic training on Internet navigation prior to beginning unit.
Bookmark and check all links to make sure they are still active. Have all
printables ready for students. Provide students with mini-lessons on using
KidPix and other software you will utilize.
About the Teacher: Terry Garcia is a creative kindergarten
teacher who is constantly seeking for meaningful and stimulating activities
in order to motivate and inspire her students. She has been teaching in the
Miami-Dade County Public School System for ten years. She recently received
the Teacher of the Year award at her school. She received her Bachelor's
Degree from Florida International University and has a Master's Degree in
Mathematics through Florida State University. She has been a part of the
Citibank Family Tech program for six years.
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