Use favorite books to teach!  I mainly use these activities as centers with the fifth being a computer activitiy.  They are great for the beginning of the year when you are trying to complete individual assessments.

The Kissing Hand:

This book is great for kindergarten or low first graders.

First Day Jitters:

I made these activities with second grade in mind.

  • Play this game like concentration and match antonyms: FDJ Antonym Game
  • This game uses words from the book.  The students need to identify the vowel and sort it correctly.  There is also a sheet at the end to complete: FDJ Short and Long Vowel Sort
  • This is a story chart to tell about First Day Jitters.  It also has a little compare and contrast: FDJ Story Chart
  • Put the events of the story in order: FDJ Sequencing

Bad Kitty:

  • This center takes a little bit of set up from the kids.  They place start at one end of the room and lay out the paws in a line around the room and at the end place finish.  Students go one by one, reading the paw.  If they read it correctly they move on to the next one, if at any time they make an error they go back to start (gets them reading it fluently): BK, High Frequency Paw Walk
  • Compare Bad Kitty to Skippy JonJones: BK, Kitty Cat Comparison
  • Bad Kitty is an alphabet book.  Get your students to plan their own.  First they pick a topic and then they brainstorm an idea for each letter of the alphabet: BK, ABC’s by Topic
  • Using words from the book, students will count the syllables of each words and sort.  At the end, they will make a foldable (window) and write the words in: BK, Syllable Sort

Elmer:

These activities were designed for kindergarten.

  • Use the letter tiles and elephant with a word family to build words within the family.  Store them each separately: Elmer CVC, a word families
  • Practice sight words by tracing and writing the words on laminated sheets with dry erase markers.  At the end, do it again on the sheet included: Writing Elmer HFWWriting Elmer HFW worksheet
  • Build the sight word with the letter tiles included: Elmer recognizing HFW
  • This game is intended to be a played in a small group.  Each player takes a playing card and marker (I always laminate to use again next year).  The first player starts by pulling a letter out of a bag and calling it to the other players, they all look and mark.  The bag places to the next player and the game continues.  The letters at the top are to be cut out and placed in the bag:Elmer letter bingo

Chrysanthemum: 

  • The students write the names of their classmates and circle all the vowels.  Then they make a problem of the name (see example on sheet).  Jennifer (8letters- 3 vowels= 5 consonants): Chrys, Consonants in names
  • See how many words you can make out of Chrysanthemum.  Cut out the letters at the bottom and use them to think of 2-letter, 3-letter words and more: Words out of CHRYSANTHEMUM
  • The students will continually write their name in a chart  and color the vowels one color and the consonants another.  They will answer questions about the pattern that their name makes: Chrys, Patterning in Names
  • Fold a piece of construction paper in half.  Cut out the labels and put them on the top of each column.  Students will cut out letters that are in their name and place them on the sheet.  Then do the same for letters not in their name: Chrys, Letters in name, not in name
  • Students will think about how they are like Chrysanthemum and how they are not: Compare and Contrast Chrysanthemum to yourself
  • This is a concentration style game, matching synonyms (since Chrysanthemum’s dad is really good at them): Synonyms
  • Use the Acrostic style to write a feeling word for each of Chrysanthemum’s letters: Feeling Words

Harold and the Purple Crayon:  Color CombinationsColor VocabularyColorful Crayon Graphing and Probability, Colorful Feelings, Counting Crayon Syllables, Purple Crayon Cartoons, Harold’s Neighborhood&The Purple Trail Worksheet

One Smart Cookie: 

  • The student choose one cause and effect relationship that happened in the story and one from their own life.  They draw pictures on the outside of the foldable and explain the C/E on the inside: OSC, Cause and Effect
  • Spin the beginning consonant wheel and the ending wheel and blend the word.  If the student can read the word, they get to spend the number spinner and move that many spaces. OSC, I’m one smart cookie, CVC
  • This center takes a little bit of set up from the kids.  They place start at one end of the room and lay out the paws in a line around the room and at the end place finish.  Students go one by one, reading the paw.  If they read it correctly they move on to the next one, if at any time they make an error they go back to start (gets them reading it fluently):    OSC, Puppy Reading Walk
  • The students use adds and newspaper materials to cut out brands and places they know and can read.  They choose several to include in sentences:  OSC, Environmental Print Reading
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