Title: Getting to Know Characters: Lilly and Other Kevin Henkes Friends
In this language development lesson using the books by Kevin Henkes English Language Learners learn vocabulary and language structures to express feelings, make text-to-self connections, and practice the reading strategy of analyzing characters. In the final project students create a character of their own. This lesson format follows the Sheltered English Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 31: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]
Title: Mail Time! An Integrated Postcard and Geography Study
Children write and receive postcards from friends and family, and then chart where all those postcards come from on a classroom map.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 26: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.2.6]
Title: Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research
Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (1) 15: Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text. [RI.1.6]
Title: Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds
Students learn about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies by participating in an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 32: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences. [SL.2.4]
Title: Persuasive Writing: What Can Writing in Family Message Journals Do for Students?
This lesson engages children in using writing to their families as a persuasive tool to get what they want and need.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 37: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.2.3]
Title: From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories
Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (2) 25: With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing. [W.2.5]