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Monday, May 13, 2013

End of the Year Kindergarten Lessons

As our school year is winding down, there are some books that we really wanted to make sure that our kindergarteners had a chance to hear. Most of them have come from previous Goldfinch nominees.

Title 1: Willoughby and the Lion by Greg Foley

Who doesn't like to talk about wishes and dreams? Willoughby and the Lion is a magical book that appears to be about wishes and dreams but is really about loneliness and friendship. And the best part? Through discussion and very little prompting on my part, the kindergarteners figure this out all on their own!

There are many fun things for the kindergarten kids to look for as they are reading: the color gold, the numbers hidden in each wish, and what is the "most important thing of all"?

To pair with this book, we looked at The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle and watched the Berenstein Bears story The Wishing Star at Learn 360.

In the end, classes created a visual of what they would wish for if they only had one wish.
You can access the handout HERE.

Title 2: The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

This book, which is loosely based on a real event, is another book with a great message. It has an exciting opening, a clear villain, and small town heroes. The pictures are vivid and the animal menagerie page will have students out of their seats and craning their necks to get a closer look.

We paired Curious George goes to the Circus and a circus word search that students worked on with a partner.

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