Emergent Level Course and Curriculum

40 Weeks of Grammar, Reading, and Writing Activities

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You don’t need to do all of the lessons in the order they come in the units, although you can do 1-3 in order if you'd like. When I created units 1, 2, and 3, I put them in the order I used them in my classroom, so these lessons are in an order that spirals and gets progressively more difficult, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. Unit 4 has all of the seasonal books.

I walk you through each day's lesson for 40 weeks- all the work is done! Each lesson includes the teacher sentence page, directions/guidance for each day for the teacher, the student sentence page with words out of order (students cut and glue them back in order), a flap activity for the skill of the week, the sentence frame for the teacher imitation, the student imitation page provided with handwriting assistance and without, a class book cover in color and black and white, and a quiz over the week's focus skill.

There are 40 lessons for the following books:

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
Poppleton: Neighbors by Cythia Rylant
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall (or any version)
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
-adjectives (colors)
My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
-jobs/skills (sentence includes dialogue)
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
-plurals (sentence includes dialogue)
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
George and Martha Back in Town (The High Board) by James Marshall
Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
-past tense verbs
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
-time words (past and future)
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin
-present tense verbs
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
-past/present verbs
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest by Steve Jenkins
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe
-prepositional phrases
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
-pronouns/verb agreement
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
-possessive pronouns
When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
-pronouns and attributes
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
-ordinal numbers
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandra
Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler
Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Night Before The 100th Day of School by Natasha Wing
Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh
That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting
Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg

Better Than Basal
This product is JAM-PACKED with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 40 of your favorite mentor texts to use in K-1! (See the complete list below.) With over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys, you'll be set for the year (and years after that, too)! It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book!

Activities cover skills such as:
asking questions before, during, and after a story
answering questions about a story
telling what happened next
identifying central message
identifying problems and solutions
describing characters
describing setting
identifying character feelings
identifying sensory detail words
describing differences between fiction and nonfiction
identifying what speakers said in a story
distinguishing between text evidence and picture clues
comparing stories
...and more!

There is also a writing prompt for every book that ties to the theme, idea, or topic of the book.

I chose books that would be in most personal libraries or school media centers. All of these are personal favorites of mine!

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