No snow in our area to be able to make snowmen, so we did the next best thing! We read Snowmen at Night and made our own snowmen. Kindergarteners just love anything to do with snowmen! I did a read aloud and we discussed what the snowmen might do at night. One popular discussion was drinking the ice cold cocoa rather than hot cocoa and what the hot cocoa might do to the poor snowmen!
After our read aloud, we next did a predictable chart on what our snowmen could do at night. The students already knew how to write and read my and at. I wrote snowman and night and they helped me stretch out the word they each chose that their snowman did. Then we practiced reading our predictable chart. The next day we cut up our sentences and practiced rebuilding them. I just love when they read back their sentence and they see that they have a word in the wrong place and can instantly tell that is not right! You can just almost see the wheels turning in their little brains!
After having practiced our cut up sentences, we then wrote our sentences. Like I said, they already know my and at so they wrote those on their own and they had support on their verb when they did the predictable chart. I let them have that word, plus snowman and night to look at. When we aren’t doing predictable charts, we stretch out all the words. Here are a few examples of how their writing turned out and their cute snowmen! Maybe their cute artwork will bring us some snow!
Awww..those came out great! I have never heard of a Predictable Chart. What is it exactly?
Teaching in Room 6
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Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright says
These are so cute! I love that book 🙂 I'd love to know what the Predictable Chart is too!
Made In The Shade In Second Grade
I love cut up sentence and predictable charts for those early readers.
Forever in First
Predictable charts are used with your early readers. So many skills are taught with this activity. Directionality, one-to-one print matching, phonemic awareness, sight words, etc… just to name a few! lol! For instance, my group was working on reading and writing my and at. We practiced building my and at with magnetic letters. Then we write the word on the wipe off table after it is built. Our predictable chart to go with this book was "My snowman ________ at night." Each student decides what word to put in the blank. They watch me write their sentence to learn letter formations too. Then the chart is read by the students many times. At the beginning of the year, you start out small: I like _________. Sorry for the long explanation. So much to tell about predictable charts!! 🙂
My kinders LOVE to do the cut up sentences activities….great idea! I love the snowmen you made and how they wrote about them. You have a great site! I am now following you as well!
Thank you so much Christina! 🙂
I love this idea! I am going to modify it slighty and use it with my K ESOL students. Thanks for sharing! :]
Abby: Thanks for stopping by! Hope that it works well for you. 🙂