Make Halloween Little Books
Poster of October Words (click image to the right to enlarge)
Paper, stapled into little books, for each student
Pencils and crayons
Dry Erase Boards and Markers for each student
As stated above, read the poster ahead of the lesson.
Make the books - you should have at least five pages per book.
Have the dry erase boards, markers and erasers easily accessible.
I think it is best to put students into a large circle on the rug. If you have a teaching assistant, he or she can monitor and help.
Gather your Halloween book bin or baggie; a good Halloween rhyming book is "Boo!" by, Lark Carrier (Scholastic).
Discuss some of the rhyming big books, poems, songs, or nursery rhymes that you have read thus far this school year. Show students Halloween pictures or books. Discuss the season and the Halloween holiday.
Show the students the list of October words. Point to each picture and say the words together. Then, spell the words.
Tell them that as a class you will create some rhyming words books.
Choose two words that already rhyme from the poster, cat and bat. Write them on the teacher's dry erase board or whiteboard if you have one. Begin to notice the way they sound. Next, have the student's notice the way the words look. Notice that -at is the ending of both words (underline it). Let the students copy the two words (in list form) onto the dry erase boards.
Next, make a blank line followed by the word -at. For example, ____ at
Ask the students if they can think of another word that rhymes with cat and bat. Record these on chart paper and let the students record them onto dry erase boards.
Continue until you have a list of rhyming words. It is a good lesson to introduce word families in the beginning of the school year.
Show the students the little books and have a model prepared ahead of time for them to see.
Write a title on the cover, I Can Rhyme, and the author and illustrator's name (student name).
On each page, students pick a rhyming word to write (one word only per page) and illustrate. It is a good idea for younger students to add one small black line on the bottom of the page for each word to assist these beginner writers. This will teach students one to one correspondence of picture to word. Have the students touch each page as they reread.
Can the students recreate the list, understand the concept of rhyming and do they exhibit an understanding of one to one correspondence?
Extend the Activity:
Leave your list on the dry erase board and allow students to make the words with magnetic boards and letters during center time. Because students have already interacted with the words, they will love the time to practice more.