Daily Lesson Planning
- Using "Happy Birthday to you," make a list of birthday words with the children—cake, candles, balloon, and so on. Also, read the words on the page, pointing out that some of them are recognizable because of the pictures (orange and grape soda). Point out the banner that says “Happy Birthday.”
- If possible, provide a collection of birthday cards on which children can find the words “Happy Birthday.” Give students opportunities to write “Happy Birthday.”
- Implement "Happy Birthday to you!" (BB 58)
Choose from the following:
- Implement “Write your birthday date” (BB 59).
- Create a birthday board with a calendar page for each month of the year. Invite the children to sign their names on their birth dates. Keep this as a permanent display.
- Have children draw or paint pictures of their birthdays. Encourage them to write their names and birth dates somewhere on their pictures. Add these pictures to the birthday display.
- Make a graph of the children’s birthdays, using the months of their births as the basis of the graph.
- Provide children with colored strips of paper (about 1" ✕ 8.5") and ask them to decorate the strips with pictures and words that begin with the sound of “B.” Make birthday chains by linking the strips together. Use the chain to decorate the birthday display.
- Invite children to write or draw wishes they might make on their birthdays. Implement "Birthday Wishes!"
- Invite children to make original birthday cards or to use the activity "Birthday Card." Cards can be made throughout the year for friends and family members.
- Implement "An Invitation" when appropriate.
- Complete the birthday display.
- Have a birthday party for the children who have birthdays in the month you are doing this unit, or have an “unbirthday” party for everyone.