Literacy tips at your finger tips!
Sometimes the comics Curtis and Ben create spark so many teaching ideas, I don't know where to start! I suppose I'll start with PreK, but to be fair, these tips would work across grade level spans. I absolutely adore the illustrations this week and hope that you do too!
PreK: Focus on visualization skills.
Listen like and olm! Curiosity Cat and Data Dog encounter a sightless salamander this week; an olm. Have students work on visualization skills and pretend they are an olm listening to you read the comic aloud. Gather children into your reading area and have them lay face down resting their closed eyes on a "pillow" they make by placing their hands one atop the other. Prompt them to imagine they are an olm. They can not see with their eyes, but they can imagine the pictures! Read the comic and then encourage your "olms" to describe what they imagined each panel might look like!
Flash Light Reading! Unlike the olm, Curiosity Cat and Data Dog CAN see in the cave by using their head lamps. Turn our the lights and draw the shades, then read the comic by flash light! Setting the stage like this can help students imagine being in the dark cave along with the characters. Being able to put themselves into the story can help with visualization which, in turn, will help with comprehension!
Kindergarten: Focus on blends and blending.
Robot, Turtle, and Rabbit Talk! We've got some juicy consonant blend words this week: spin, blub, glub, and drip! These blends can be tricky for beginning readers. Segmenting and blending skills can really help students tackle words like these but those skills can be less than thrilling to practice! My students loved to talk like a robot, turtle, and rabbit to work on these skills. I even had puppets for each character! Here's how it works. First teacher models saying a word like a robot (each phoneme is distinct and separate) /s/ /p/ /i/ /n/. Then a student tries to say the word like a turtle...verrrryyy sssslllooowwwlllyyy! Like this: ssssspppppiiiiinnnnn. Finally another student says it like a rabbit. That means they say the word quickly or at a normal speed, but not too loudly as rabbits have sensitive ears! As students gain skills you can mix up the roles. I like adding in the turtle as it gives students time to work that segmented word back together and improve their blending skills.
Meet Beth and Curtis!
Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop fanatic, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! Beth is fascinated by engineering challenges, technology, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the world!