December Reading and Writing - Christmas
This month is so much fun to be in the classroom!
I get asked a lot about how to tie reading and writing together, while focusing on fluency, comprehension, phonics, vocabulary, writing, etc.
Reading and writing go hand in hand. Writing is SO important in kindergarten, as it is in all grades.
A few tricks I have learned is using themed, high-interest materials and exposing students to similar material over time to build confidence.
Each week I use three resources as shown above: mini book, comprehension passage and sentence building.
The theme just changes each week! Shown above in the Santa theme.
Students appreciate and look forward to the consistency and predictability of these resources, and you’ll love that all the planning and prep work are done for you!
Being exposed to the same theme for an entire week helps with vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and confidence! These resources can be implemented in so many ways - whole group, small groups, literacy/writing centers, seat work, intervention, and more!
Each monthly Read and Write like a Rock Star pack comes with 4 themes, so we use one theme a week for each month.
Try the mini reader from this theme for FREE!
You can use these activities for:
★Whole Group Instruction
★….. and more!
Putting the activities into action – “Santa” theme
I like to use these in small group settings. Every student gets a page and we walk through our pre-reading activities such as discussing the vocabulary and pictures (to save on copies, you can laminate a few pages and reuse them with each group.)
I read the passage first, then we read it together and finally they whisper read/buddy read. I help students practice touching each word as we read it. Finally, we answer the comprehension question(s) at the bottom.
The pictures and vocabulary correlate with the weekly comprehension and mini readers. We usually do these writing worksheets on Wednesday after they have had a chance to see the comprehension page. Seeing the pictures and vocabulary multiple times throughout the week builds confidence and fluency.
Students read and trace the sentence Then, they cut and match the words to paste them in order. They love to “build” a sentence and illustrate a picture to match.
I copy this “Write it on your own” page on the back and students can then write the sentence two times on their own! Perfect extension activity for your higher students or fast finishers.
We love doing our weekly mini readers! We start doing these whole group, but once they understand my expectations, routine, etc. this activity is easily moved to a literacy center.
We use these on Thursday or Friday, so students have already seen the vocabulary and pictures on the Sentence Building worksheet and Comprehension activity earlier in the week.
I read it to them, then we read it whole group chorally and then students practice reading to each other. After this, they can trace the sentences and we answer the comprehension questions on the back page.
Each mini reader has a comprehension check on the last page.
Students love to take their books home each week to read to their families!The comprehension questions and sentence structure get progressively more difficult throughout the school year in each monthly pack.
Your students will be reading and writing rock stars each week with these activities!
Hands-on learning with little prep for you – each week use a different theme to teach vocabulary, sight words, comprehension, fluency, writing and MORE!
Lesson Planning Made Easy!
Your kiddos will be reading and writing like Little Rock Stars! Plus, lesson planning and prep work is minimal for you!
You can just print and teach.
Print the Santa book for FREE!
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The complete kit also comes with an incentive tool to get kids excited about becoming Rock Star readers and writers!
Once they complete an assignment, my kiddos can’t wait to color in the star showing they did it! They love coloring and filling up their Rock Star charts. You can choose to give awards, recognition, a prize, etc. once they fill up their monthly star charts (optional.)
Students color the stars on their chart for each assignment when they complete it. My students LOVE to fill up their charts and this is a great incentive to complete their assignments. You can choose to do a prize when they fill up their monthly chart!
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