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Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Jennifer Bentley

Thursday, 10 March, 2016 - 12:40 pm

From the Desk of Mrs. Bentley

Kindergarten General Studies

In Kindergarten, we are celebrating National Read Across America Month in honor of Dr. Seuss and his birthday, which took place on March 2nd. Since Dr. Seuss has a plethora of rhyming words throughout his books, I have taken this opportunity to create a variety of Language Arts lessons that will help the students develop their phonological awareness. The students were asked to identify the rhyming words throughout these books. We then made a chart to graph all of the word families that we found in the books and then added our own words to the appropriate word families. Some of the books we used for this lesson were The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham and Hop on Pop.

I have introduced thinking maps to the students as a way to organize their thoughts and to brainstorm ideas. Since many of my students are visual learners, graphic organizers are beneficial and provide a common visual language in which to structure information. We used bubble maps for describing using adjectives and adjective phrases. The children were asked to come up with descriptive words for some of the characters for the Dr. Seuss books such as The Cat in the Hat.

Another wonderful component of Dr. Seuss’ books is his ability to create many magnificent and imaginative characters and settings. Discussing these characters and settings enabled us to differentiate between fantasy and reality in writing. Generally I ask the students to create realistic settings and sentences to match their settings, but for this month we are focusing on creative writing and fantasy. The students have also been and will continue to use their imagination to create Dr. Seuss inspired characters in their writing. Along with the writing, we have been making Dr. Seuss themed projects and crafts. The students are really enjoying our author study and it is exciting to watch them create new things and allow their imaginations to soar.

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