Tuesday, October 9, 2012

15 Minute Lesson: "I See A...on the farm"

15 Minute Beyond ABC's Lesson for I See A... on the Farm

Learning Materials: 
  • Print and assemble this farm mini book for your child's reading level; preK, K or grade 1. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page that I linked and you will find the page templates to open and print.)
  • Print this activity sheet that goes along with the book. (There are other activities sheets for the book, but this is the one I would choose to use with my own son. You may use all the sheets, or none of the sheets and substitute with another activity of your choosing.)
  • crayons

Word Working Skill: Sight Words
PreK level book: I, see, a 
K level book: live, on, a
Grade 1 level book: have, name(d)

Decoding Skill: Use picture clues to decode content words (horse, chicken, cow, etc.)

Comprehension Skill: 1) Recall of facts presented in the text. 2) Using prior knowledge to connect to the text. 

How to Divide your 15 Minutes:

You will have to choose which skill to really focus on. If your child is a pro at reading the sight words but is really struggling on the content words, then spend more time on talking them through the decoding strategy. If he can read the book without a single error but can't recall a single animal that was named, then spend more time rereading the book and discussing the text.

Before Reading:
Introduce the sight words and practice with them a bit. You can do this any way you'd like. Play a short memory game with the words, have your child trace the words with different color crayons, paint the words, build the words with letter tiles, whatever!

Show your child the book cover and ask him what he thinks the book will be about. Read the title to him and ask him if he has ever visited a farm. "What did you see when you went to the farm?" Do a "picture walk," just looking and discussing what you see in the pictures without actually reading the book. Your child may point to words here and there and read them. That is okay, but gently redirect his attention back to the pictures and your discussion.

During Reading:
Set a purpose for reading by telling your child that when he gets to words he does not know how to read, then he should look at the pictures for help. Model this throughout his reading. Try your very best to not just tell him words that he misses or correct his errors. If he does not correct his own errors, say something like, "Now, does that make sense?" Or, "Is that what you see in the picture?"

After Reading:
Praise him for reading the entire book on his own. Praise, praise, praise! We love to celebrate when we finish a new book. Then, ask your child to retell what he read in the book. What animals live on the farm? Complete the activity sheet that goes along with this book.

Extension Activity: (If you have time left, or want to spend more time.) Have your child draw a picture and write 1-2 sentences about a time he went to the farm, or what he would like to see if he were to visit a farm. If your child is a pre-writer, then have him dictate his sentences for you to write.

Remember, these 15 minutes that you spend teaching your child how to read is not the only time that he will spend learning each day. These 15 minutes are meant for direct one-on-one instruction of a reading skill or strategy. Have fun exploring other farm books, crafts and activities throughout the week, in addition to the other play-based learning your child does.

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  1. Thank you so much for the fun lesson:) We worked on the Pre K sight words. I wrote the words on sticky notes, we went over them and then I put them around the room. E had to find them, say them, and sort them. He loved it, he wanted to place them for me to find so I had him say them as he placed them. As we read the book he only got stuck on 3 words, ex. barn he said farm. So we talked about beginning sounds and if it makes sense. Once he stopped to look at the word the got it. E was so proud of himself for reading his first book:) We did the activity sheet and I had him draw a picture and I wrote two sentences for him. E and I had a lot of fun with this activity thanks again:)

    1. Jeree, thanks so much for the feedback. I'm so glad someone used my lesson, and that I could play a part in E's first independent reading! I'll be working on more lesson plans to post as long as I know someone is using them! :o)

  2. What a great quick lesson. And what kid doesn't like learning/reading about the farm!!

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I so look forward to seeing everyone's creativity. I hope you link up again tomorrow =-)