In the classroom this week: Did you complete your alphabet assessments last week? By the end of Grade 1, Term 1 your children should have covered the entire alphabet, and a good number of them should be fairly secure in their alphabet knowledge. It’s crucial to let parents know which sounds their children have not mastered. Parents want their children to succeed. Enlist their help with the alphabet.
Download this ALPHABET FRIEZE that you can print out and stick on the wall in your classroom. (Scroll down the page to find the alphabet frieze. Have a look at the other resources too!)
Play the game ALPHABET BEAR CHARLIE when you have a few minutes for revision at the end of the day.
You can make your own set of ALPHABET LOTTO to play in class. Make one set for every four children. (There are four lotto sheets to print out and four sets of letters to be cut up individually.) Four children sit in a circle on the floor. Each one has a lotto sheet. All the individual letter cards are placed face down on the floor. Each child has a turn to pick up an individual letter card and check whether it matches one of the letters on their lotto sheet. If it does, they place it on the letter on their sheet. If not they return the card to the middle, face down. The winner is the first child to complete their lotto sheet. Have fun! Kids love this game.
If you have an interactive whiteboard you can read the story of THE GINGERBREAD MAN to your class. This story does not have sound, but does have beautiful pictures. Enjoy it in a quiet moment at the end of the morning.
In the computer lab this week:
Here’s another interactive resource you can use for alphabet revision. Children can use this independently in the computer lab or as a classroom activity on the interactive whiteboard… It even has the sign language alphabet!
In the classroom this week: Did you complete all your assessments last week? Regular, individual assessment is vital because it tells you where each child is at, and this helps to guide you in what to teach next. We could call it the “PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT CYCLE”. Good assessment informs your planning of the next lesson – if your children can do something you move on; if assessment shows you that most haven’t grasped the concept, you repeat, but try to teach the concept in a different way.
Do you need to revise initial sounds? Here’s a terrific, interactive PowerPoint presentation contributed by Tina Godden. It’s quite big (1.3Mb) so download it once and save it (Common on K in a Khanya school). This is particularly fun to use on an interactive whiteboard. Children can take turns to choose the correct letter and click on it. Download here: Initial Sounds
If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom then give your children a treat and play the story of HOW MONA LISA GOT HER SMILE. It ties in nicely with this week’s Talking Story, focusing on smiles and feet – very important features of our bodies! I think it will bring a smile to your face too!
In the computer lab this week:
Here’s a terrific game to play about PARTS OF THE BODY. Children are given a clue and need to spell the correct body part…. Too many mistakes and the poor monkey will get squashed!!
In the classroom this week: We continue with the assessment of key words. I hope you found a parent helper to assist you in this time-consuming but really important task. Last week you assessed all the Level 1 key words. This week you need to assess the Level 2 key words. Children should know these words in order to read adequately at Level 3.
Key Words Assessment Level 2 Lists 1-4
If some of your children are not able to read the key words, this means they have not mastered their alphabet sounds. Use the Level 1 and 2 alphabet revision activities above. The children will not move forward in their reading until they know their alphabet sounds.
This week’s Talking Story is about a boy who grows vegetables. Want some more on this theme? Here’s a story about a little old man and a little old woman who grew some vegetables. Use this as an extension activity in the computer lab or play it on your interactive whiteboard at story time:
THE ENORMOUS TURNIP
If you enjoyed the jokes in this Talking Story, here are some more JOKES FOR KIDS!
Daniel was learning to plant vegetables. Here are a couple of short activities to help you find out more about plants:
Learn to label the PARTS OF A PLANT.
Find out WHAT PLANTS NEED in order to live and thrive.