Meet Freddy the Fly! Freddy has become quite the celebrity with the kindergartens! When he lights up he loves to buzz around and land on different parts of the body. Using the Talking Tables unit on Body Parts, students work on developing their oral language skills as they tell Freddy to "Shoo fly, please get off if my hand/foot/arm" etc. Freddy's brothers and sisters can be found at Dollarama in an assortment of colours.
To incorporate some tactile fun, have students dig for rock letters to help build words or recreate stories. Instead of sand, this bedding made from corn husk is non-toxic and non-dust producing. You can find a big bag of it for $6 in the pet section of Walmart.
Meet Matilda the Munching Monster! She loves to snack on letter sounds. If you guess the right letter name and sound from the picture clues on your letter, Matilda will gobble it down. The students love how LOUD Matilda munches! A good extension for this activity is to have students come up with more words on their own that could have served as clues for their letter. Happy Munching!
Meet Tico Tango! He's got a yellow mango, but he wants Terry's cherry, Nate' date and Soraya's papaya! This book is wonderful in helping students build their descriptive vocabulary by incorporating colours, sizes and shapes, and uses rhyme and repetition to make the story memorable and easy to read along with. Extending activities are endless - writers workshop, art, drama play - so many fun possibilities. Plus I haven't met a kindergarten class that this isn't a hit with yet!
Mystery sound bags are a fun way for students to practice their phonemic understanding of letters and make predictions about beginning sounds. As they pull out different picture cards, they must say the name of the picture out loud while others work on their listening skills to guess the mystery sound/letter. Once they have made a prediction, students get to look to see what letter is hidden under the bag.
Wiki Stix are a great way to help early learners develop letter recognition. These waxy tactiles work wonders for developing fine motor skills and the kids love the fact that they "magically" stick. Just laminate large print letters and watch all the creative ways students choose to build letters!
Using a chart of the 50 most common sight words in the English language, students select a book of their choice and begin on a hunt to find as many sight words as possible. Challenge students to get 5 or 10 in a row!
"Chester" is a story that has been taken over by Chester himself! Students love how Chester overwrites the authors work, and begins to create a story all about him. This book is a great leeway into helping students become authors of their own stories or extend the stories of others. Word tiles come in handy for this activity as sentence starters.