Guided Reading

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Kindergarten Step by Step: Fire Safety Week!

Hey all and thanks so much for joining me for another week of Kindergarten Step by Step!  Today I will be sharing with you all about Fire Safety KinderLiteracy week, a new writing mini lesson, and a couple great math freebies to get your kiddos learning hands-on math!

If you haven't heard the good news....KinderLiteracy has had a new 12 week addition to it!  Among one of those new additions is the Firefighters close read!  I was so excited to get this close read added!  I know fire safety is huge in kindergarten and how better to learn it than through a CLOSE READ!  This close read is based upon Firefighters Help by Dee Ready.

On day one we will be honing in on the prior knowledge our students already have on firefighters and fire safety!  Below is an adorable look at a day one "bubble chart."

On day two it's all about those vocabulary words!  I love how this text allows itself to words that are fire specific, but then words that have general use as well that students can use in their everyday life!  Below are the words from fire safety week and optional actions for each!

Community- all students use arms to build a house to represent a group of homes

Visit- shake hands with someone near you and pretend to chit-chat

Emergency- signal a siren noise

Tank- Motion a tank on your back and pull the nozzle towards your face

Pump- hold the water hose and motion it back and forth as you put out the fire

This close read hinges heavily on the nonfiction aspects of texts!  I LOVE fiction texts... but the *sparks* we get from nonfiction texts are so amazing!  This week's essential question: What information can we gain using nonfiction features within the text?  The lesson plans then encourage the use of a nonfiction features anchor chart!  Here is one that shows the pieces from the units attached to a nonfiction anchor chart!

Along with the nonfiction features anchor chart we also work a lot on labeling in KinderLiteracy!  Here is a snapshot of the labeling of the fire truck from the unit!

The unit ends with an easy and fun firetruck craft!  The is a simple shapes craft so you can also work on two skills at once! : )

Again, this KinderLiteracy unit can be found within Unit 8 (Supplemental Weeks) of KinderLiteracy!

 I know you have all been excited to check in on a writing mini lesson each week so I'm excited to have another one to share with you today!  One of those first big lessons we help to establish early on in K is what is the difference between letters, words, and sentences!  It's not just the importance that they know the difference for when it comes to reading... but also writing!   When we want our kiddos to make that jump from labeling their pictures to writing words.... and then eventually writing sentences!

The lesson you will see in action below is day 2 to the lesson!  Day 1 of the lesson is the anchor chart listed below!  For this anchor chart the kiddos helped to create letter cards, word cards, and then the teacher wrote her own sentences on the sentence strip!

The students with the teacher's help sorted the cards and attached them onto the chart!

Day two of the lesson can be seen in action below...

Below is a closer look at the chart paper in the video!  You can also easily follow up with this exact same lesson day 3 and have the kiddos come up to help assist in writing the words!

For math I would like to take the time to share a couple of hands-on and fun ways to continue to practice numbers to 10!  Last week we discussed how we can work with numbers to 10 but in a more rigorous way to intrigue all learners... those that do and may not know their know their numbers to 10!

Up first is an idea I shared awhile back but I wanted to make sure I brought it back up because it's so fun and offers so many opportunities for learning!  Also, please note that you a download the cards for the organic number line for free ****HERE****

So, what's the big deal with a number sense line?  Well, first off... you can use this is in a number line  (hanging) or just simply build it on the carpet with your students as a math warm up!  If using in the hanging fashion you can use the larger number header cards or just go straight to the number cards!  You can build the number line number by number as you introduce it in the classroom.  You can also mix up the number cards 1-10 and let the kiddos know that they will be helping you to fix up the number line and place it back into order.  You can start by placing one or two numbers down onto the carpet.  Then, hand out the additional number cards to the students around you.  The students will have to problem solve as to where to lay their card down.  If you started by placing the 2 and 9 card down... they have a 5 card.  Where does their 5 card go?  Before the 9?  After the 9?

You can then bump this up by adding in the ten frame cards, finger cards, tally mark cards, and/or bumping up numbers to 20!  It's amazing what learning can occur with just some paper number cards :)

Another fun and exciting way to work on the numbers to 10  but in a FUN way is with a craftivity!  These adorable number sense flowers allow the kiddos to show their number sense of the number they choose but in a fun way!  You can download this number sense garden freebie ***HERE***

Well, that's what I have for you today!  See ya soon and have a great week!


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