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Guiding Readers: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and a FREEBIE

I realize that I'm a little late posting the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom pictures, but Katie Mense from Little Warriors shared some of these pics with me
 and they are too cute not to share!

We are so excited to see so many teachers using our Guiding Readers units.  The feedback has been phenomenal, and it makes our teacher hearts happy to hear from you!
These reading units cover all of the Reading Standards for grades K & 1.

Sequencing Pictures to retell the story.

Individual sequencing activity made into a hat!
So cute!

We want students be able to think explicitly about what is in the story,
 and to also use their critical thinking skills to go beyond the story.

On Day 4 we posed this question for our little readers to think about.

The letters kept getting hurt.  How could they solve their problem?

Kindergarten students may only be using pictures to create their meaning early in the year.
Here are a few examples:

They could use a ladder and climb up one at a time. 

2.  Throw the coconuts out of the tree so it won't be so heavy.

Each day we focus on a different strategy: Predicting, Inferring, Comparing & Contrasting, 
Retelling, and writing about our favorite part.  

This story is so fun to read at the beginning of the year.

Here are a few activities that you can do with coconuts.

Explore the five senses using a coconut.

After tasting the coconut (I cheat and just use a bag of shredded coconut!),
you can introduce them to math surveys.  
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Will a coconut sink or float?
They love learning BIG words, and this is the perfect time to teach them the word, HYPOTHESIS!
Have them show their hypothesis by adding their picture or name to the chart.

Then, perform the experiment to see if a coconut will sink or float.
I've always used a clear plastic tub. (see picture 1) Then, Katie shared her picture with me, and I love how much better you can see it in the glass pickle jar.  

This is the recording sheet I used to have them draw and write about the experiment.
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I LOVE these pattern block mats that Katie made to go with the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story!
You can click on the picture to check them out.

If you haven't checked out our monthly Guiding Readers series, you can click on the image below to check them out and see what others are saying!  The stories for October are some of our favorites!!
NOTE: We have two sets of units for each month so that K & 1 teachers at the same school can both use them.   The only difference between the two are the story titles that we used.

If you're looking for 2nd or 3rd grade units, check out Amy Lemons' and Katie King's new unit.


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