April 2010

"I GREW A SUNFLOWER"

DIGITAL ISSUE
PRINTABLE ACTIVITY: "A Seed Grows Up"
PRINTABLE ACTIVITY: "Make Your Own Garden"
APRIL TEACHER'S GUIDE
Interactive whiteboard tips for this issue:
  • Display the cover of your digital issue and do a "picture walk." Talk about the elements in the illustration. (For example: Can you find something big and yellow? Who is carrying it? Which is bigger—Clifford or the sunflower?) Have children come up and circle or mark the elements. Then read the poem.
  • Have volunteers click the bottom right corner to "turn the page." Use the flower page counters to review page numbers.
  • Use pages 2-3 of the magazine to make predictions. In advance of the lesson, use the screen shade or reveal tool to cover up steps 1 through 4 of growing the sunflower.
  • Provide visual-discrimination practice on pages 2-3. Use your editing tools to have children mark the hidden ladybug in each photo.
  • Make the page 4 rebus activity interactive. Read each question and have children predict the rebus word. Then have a child come up and circle or highlight the item in the big picture.

"HAVE YOU SEEN CATERPILLARS?"

DIGITAL ISSUE
PRINTABLE ACTIVITY: "Butterfly Wheel Picture Pattern"
PRINTABLE ACTIVITY: "Pattern-pillars"
APRIL TEACHER'S GUIDE
Interactive whiteboard tips for this issue:
  • Use pages 2-3 of the digital issue to track text together. Review the patterned text with children (I see a creepy crawly caterpillar). On the whiteboard, highlight each word as you read it aloud, and encourage children to "read" along with you.
  • After you read pages 2-3, invite children to use the shape tool to review what they have learned. Have volunteers follow directions such as: Put a star next to the caterpillar that's fuzzy. Put a circle next to the caterpillar that's hanging from a thread.
  • Practice letter recognition. Tell students that caterpillar starts with C and highlight the letter C in the headline "Let's Observe Caterpillars." Then students can take turns coming up to the board to highlight all the letter c's they can find.

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