April 2010

APRIL TEACHER'S GUIDE

"DON'T BE A LITTERBUG!"

Digital issue
EXTRA Printable Activity: "Trash Graph"

Tips for using this issue with a whiteboard:

  • Use pages 2-3 of the digital issue to track text together. Review the Read-Along text with children (Stop littering, litterbug!). On the whiteboard, highlight each word as you read it aloud, and encourage children to "read" along with you.
  • Then hunt for the litterbugs. Let children come up to the board and circle the litterbugs. Then have them X out the trash.

"SEEDS GO UP, UP, AND AWAY!"

Digital issue
Printable Activity: "What Grows From a Seed?"
EXTRA Printable Activity: "Measure the Flowers"

Tips for using this issue with a whiteboard:

  • Display the cover of your digital issue and read the title. Point out that the bird has a berry in its mouth. Inside the berry is a small seed. Have a volunteer come up and circle the berry on the cover.
  • Next, have a volunteer come up and click the bottom right corner to "turn the page."
  • As you read pages 2-3, have children use the pen tool to circle a berry in each photo.
  • Display the activity on page 4. Together, count the seeds in each fruit. Write the numeral next to the fruit. Then circle the answer. Use your colored pens to complete the "Try This!" section of the activity.

"CAN YOU SAY RIBBIT?"

Digital issue
Printable Activity: "How Does a Frog Grow?"
EXTRA Printable Activity: "F Is for Frog"

Tips for using this issue with a whiteboard:

  • Use pages 2-3 of the magazine to make predictions. In advance of the lesson, use the screen shade or the reveal tool to cover up steps 2 through 4 of the frog life cycle.
  • Read step 1 and have children predict what will happen next. Then reveal the 2nd photo. Was anyone's prediction correct? Continue until you have revealed each step of the frog life cycle.

"PITTER, PATTER, APRIL RAIN"

Digital issue
Printable Activity: "R Is for Rain"
EXTRA Printable Activity: "Rainy Weather Gear"

Tips for using this issue with a whiteboard:

  • Project this Early Reader up on your whiteboard and you have an instant Big Issue. Use it to model for children how to track print as they follow along in their own student issues. (For fun, you can have volunteers come up to the whiteboard and click the bottom right corner to turn each page.)
  • After you have read the book several times, have volunteers come up to the board and underline these sight words on each page: it, on, the, and

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