Daily Lesson Planning
- “Getting around the zoo” can be the first topic of discussion when introducing "Writers read to learn." Then play a game by asking teams of four to five to get together and name the animals shown. With input from the groups, make a class list spelling out the names of the animals. Elicit initial, median, and ending sounds when possible. Then adjust spelling as needed. (The animals include a bird, a dog [Spot], a hippopotamus, an antelope, a snake, a turtle, a monkey, a zebra, an elephant, a giraffe, a toucan, an alligator, and a lion.)
- Implement “Writers read to learn” (BB 8) as an individual response activity.
Choose from the following activities:
- Implement “Writers read words using letter sounds” (BB 9).
- Invite children to become authors by creating pages for a class book about a zoo trip or any other experience all children have taken part in. Ask the children to draw and write about their experiences.
- Remind children that they can find new words in stories and poems that the class has shared. To encourage word finding, place a favorite poem or nursery rhyme in the writing center and invite children to circle words they know or words that are the same.
- Implement "Mary and Her Lamb" as a related activity. Have children draw favorite characters from books. Help them find the names of the characters or assist them in spelling the names. Implement "Book Friends" for this activity. Place the completed pages together in a class book entitled “Book Friends.”
- Give children opportunities to build texts using sentence strips. Implement "Sentence Strips," using “1, 2, buckle my shoe.” (See below for more information about sentence strips.)
- Invite children to share their work from the activities. In particular, share any class books that have been created.
- Do a shared reading of a big book or predictable (patterned) text. Invite individuals to be the readers with the rest of the class joining in.