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We LOVE Kid Writing !!! So sorry there was not a part II to the program. So we have been experimenting with things to expand the program. We instruct our kiddos to make an "I" sentence. For example, "I love ducks." Then the graphic organizer above reminds kiddos to have an "are", "have" and "can" sentence. For example, "Ducks are water birds." Then conclude with a question: "Do you love ducks?" What we did above is take a picture with each kiddo and our duck. For kiddos who can write without support; how about allowing them to write paragraph 2? Differentiating instruction is what we all do. We have been adhering to Common Core and watched a short non-fiction information video on ducks to get facts. Non-Fiction writing goes along with Common Core!
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This craft is based on "Little Chicken". After reading and listening to Little Chicken be read to us on DVD, our kiddos wrote: I am the brightest chicken in the coop when.....
After candling our duck and chick eggs, our kiddos drew pictures of what they observed.
We are anxiously awaiting for ducks and chicks! Be back soon with an update!
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Check out these DVDs...these DVDs have books that highlight words and read aloud to your kiddos; what a great DVD center! You kiddos get stories read aloud to them while you are working in small group!!!
I know all of you looking at this page have Word Walls. But the BIG question is: Are your kiddos using your WW? If so, why or why not? Have you ever thought about that. There are about 8 more Fridays left in this school year but you might want to start thinking about next year. This is a SW Word Wall for Kindergarten. We have about 80 sight words because we find if a kiddo enters first grade with 60 sight words, they are on about a Level D...end of Kindergarten Reading Level. We shoot for the highest Reading Level possible. Our WW are utilized with pictures and letters from our ABC Chant. Everything is positioned on lower level so that kiddos can reach the sight words. Sight Words are removed with Velcro. Below you will see a WW with 1st and 2nd Grade SW. If you move your kiddos according to their academic level, you are differentiating instruction. Some kiddos will struggle learning the Kindergarten SWs but I bet all of you have kiddos and parents who know their kiddo can move forward. So why not think about a second word wall for enrichment?
This is an example of a Word Wall with First and Second Grade Sight Words. This is a good way to differentiate your instruction when you have kiddos who are ready to move on! All words are attached with Velcro so that they can be utilized by kiddos. We also LOVE using them for game such as: Bowling (above) and Sight Word Car Racing. We utilize hearts because "We Know our Sight Words by Heart". If interested in this set-up, click HERE....
Here is a close-up pic of a Kindergarten Word Wall.
Here is a close-up pic of a First-Second Grade Word Wall.
Remember these tips...
1. WW need to be low enough for your kiddos to have access to the words;
Velcro is an excellent material so kiddos can use word and return it.
2. SW Knowledge is one determining factor of Fluency.
3. SW Knowledge is one determining factor in reading level.
4. Games are one of the best ways to learn SW.
5. Repetition is needed to learn SW.
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We would LOVE to hear from our followers! What do you do for WW or SW games?
Here are some pictures of our race. This is a race against "by" and "girl". The kiddos pull their words from our velcro word wall. Notice how the words face the kiddos as they race down the ramp. How do they know what words they should pull? See below for some differentiated instruction. We use dollar store white boards that has the name of the sight words that they are either learning to read and/or spell, depending where the kiddo assessess. Yes, they are magnetic boards placed on our white boards and/or heaters. Each week their words change after an assessment. Above we used "Little Tyke Wheelies" to race because it folds. But really you could use any ramp to race. We can't hi-light enough how much more the kiddos have been using the word wall for writing due to this Sight Word Racin' Activity. Let us know if you have any questions.