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Teachers GuideThings Change Unit 2 - Week 5
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Unit 2: Things ChangeWeek 5 OverviewBeginning, Middle, and Ending Sounds Introduce Colors Introduce Characters Introduce Oo /o/ Introduce Syllables Introduce Cc /k/ Introduce High-Frequency Word: can Introduce Mouse Paint Rhyming Words Introduce Caps for Sale Introduce High-Frequency Words: be, he, she, we Introduce At the Park Identify and Discriminate Initial Cc /k/ Celebrate Cap Day! Write about Cap Day Introduce Georges Seurat Rhyming Words Listening and Writing, Page 17 Introduce Wheel of Reading
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Week 5 OverviewColorsChildren will explore the world of color as they learn color words, listen to stories about color, meet Georges Seurat and learn about his unique painting technique, pointillism, and experiment with mixing colors of their own. This week we will: learn about Oo /o/ and Cc /k/. learn about syllables and how to count them in words. discuss primary and secondary colors. discover what happens when colors are mixed together.
Week 5 OvervieW
Mouse Paint Ellen Stoll Walsh is an author who loves shapes such as circles, squares, ovals and triangles. She also likes colors and numbers, but her most favorite things are books. It all started when her mother would read to the children snuggled in bed. Before long, there were 10 children in all. Ellen was the second-oldest. She loved reading and visiting the public library. Thats when she started helping her mother by telling stories to all the younger children. Later, when she was reading to her three-year-old son Ben, she decided to invent characters of her own and write books. You will find some very clever characters in her books. She was born in Baltimore, Md., and lives near Rochester, N.Y., with her son Ben. Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina (pronounced ess-FEER sloh-BOD-kee-nah, 1908-2002) was an author and artist who liked to paint with scissors and cut-out papers. She began her career by painting lamp shades and giant murals. Later, she illustrated books for other authors and eventually wrote and illustrated her own books. As a child, her favorite activities were making handmade dolls and designing dresses for herself and her sister. As an adult, she had an unusual talent for creating jewelry from tiny parts she found in old typewriters and computers. Many of her art works are more like sculptures. They are frequently collages or constructions of wood, wire, paper cutouts and paint. Her books are famous for their lighthearted verbal and visual patterns of behavior. She was born in Siberia, Russia, and also lived with her family in Manchuria, China. At the age of 29, she moved to New York City to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin, Jr. (prior week)
Starfall Books & Other MediaABC Rhyme Book At the Park and Georges Seurat Star Writer Melodies Sing-Along
PreparationGenerate an ABC Rhyme practice page for each letter introduced this week. Photocopy one for each child to take home and practice with his or her parents. Inform parents that children will each need to bring a cap or hat to school for Cap Day on Day 4. Be sure to have a cap for Backpack Bear and a few extras in case any children forget theirs. Generate and prepare Vocabulary Word Cards for Week 5. You will use primary, secondary, mix and stir on Day 2, cap, imitate, peddler, and wares on Day 3 and artist, gallery, pointillism and technique on Day 4.
Day 1I got a new box of crayons. Did you get new crayons fo r school? Love,
Day 2I can clap my nam e: Back-pack-Bear! Can you clap it with m e? Love, Backpack Bear
Generate and prepare Word Cards: bear, bird, cat, dog, duck, frog, goldfish, horse, sheep.
Generate Picture Sound: Oo and Cc Practice Page.
Day 3I played rhyming games last night! Do you know a word that rhymes with bear ? Love, Backpack Bear
Before breaking into small groups and practice groups, show children how to navigate to Its fun to Read: All About Me, Who Am I? and My Body. Children may need to complete Who Am I? before the My Body activity will appear on the index. Use the Word Shape generator to create a two-page Color Words Word Shape practice page with the following words: red, orange, blue, purple (page 1) green, black, yellow, brown (page 2). Photocopy one for each child and staple pages together.
Day 4Today is Cap Day !I cant wait to see what caps or hats you will wear today! Your friend, Backpack Bear
Remind parents that children will need a hat or cap for Cap Day tomorrow.
Day 5Caps for Sale is one of my favorite bo oks. I loved the monkeys ! Your pal, Backpack Bear
Day FivePrepare the Learning Center Cards and Center Activity Icons as described for Day 5. You may create icons to represent other activities