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To cover the objectives , I have put together a unit based on a color poem that I wrote about two months ago and a phrase that popped into my head while drawing illustrations for a children's book that I wrote.The phrase, "Brain Pocket" popped into my creative mind & I have come up with several ways to use this in your classrooms. Here are two fun posters I created that you are welcome to grab and use.
My poem is called, Colors in My Head, which correlates with my brain pocket.LOL!
I am going to go through a couple of the suggested objectives from the book that are also included in my new unit:
I am not keeping this title as I do not think it is really specific enough; although, I am still thinking....I need more knowledge for my brain pocket..hahaha
Objective: I can name the author and illustrator of a text.
(A shortened version from the book)
Because my poem is the core of this unit, I created a fun poetry review graphic organizer that students can fill out. This poetry review can be adapted and used for any poems read during the school year. Students will record the author and illustrator of the poem using the GO below. They also have the option to write or illustrate their answers.
I also created a little system that can be used in your classroom libraries for student recommendations. Students are required to rate the poem from 1-3 stars. The teacher can then fill in the graph to record students' average ratings as a class. The rating can then be printed as a sticker and placed on poems and literary texts in the classroom to help students choose something to read.
This is a screen clipping from the file.
Suggested Objective: I can retell main details of the beginning, middle and end of familiar stories.
With teacher guidance, students will review the poem and remember key details or rhyming words by following the color sequence in the poem. I have integrated ordinal number practice and sequence through a listening activity...
Students will listen and fill in the colors that are mentioned in the poem from first to last. It is a fun way to work on listening skills and fine motor skills while teaching sequence and ordinal numbers.
My unit also includes a student book project that allows them to "re-write" my poem using a rhyming word of their choice and illustrating a picture. This project can be completed individually using a reference display of possible rhyming words, in small groups, or as a class. Here is a screen shot of several of the student book pages.
Individual stanza cards from the poem (in color and black outline) for sorting, reference and sequence activities.
Printable crayons to use for reading, spelling and matching colors to color words.
Many student faces to create your own Brain Pocket glyph for your classroom. I have included instruction on how to make the pocket as well. The packet can be hung and you can place new concepts in the "brain pocket" that you want students to practice. They will continue to add knowledge to their brain pocket. There are also black outlines that can be used as an assessment tool.
Many picture word cards and rhyming word cards.
A variety of students activity sheets to practice concepts learned.
And my personal favorite - Large individual stanza posters to be used for drama and reference.
I have a few things to add to this unit, but come back and visit tomorrow when it is up and available!
You can, however, head on over to my TPT store (click the preview below) and grab a set of the crayon frames you see above for FREE!!!
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Please make sure to visit Jennifer Ayers who coordinated this book study