Sunday, December 30, 2012

Beanie Baby Decoding Strategies

I am introducing the beanie baby decoding strategies to my class of first graders and I have discovered that there is really no good way for the students to practice each of the strategies (aside from just practicing reading).  I have modeled each of the strategies, but I would like to have an activity that they can do to practice using the strategy.  So, this is my new create some activities!

First up, I needed a Flip the Dolphin poster!  What do you think?  I am still working on activities to go with it but I think it looks good so far!  You can get a copy of it here.

Then I began working on Eagle Eye!  I created a poster and an activity to go with it! I am so excited to use this when we get back to school next week! (I know...that's a lot of exclamation points! lol)

The activity includes several different pictures that students might find in story books.  Then there are sets of words that students might find but not be familiar with.  The objective is for students to be able to match the words with the pictures that they would describe (the words that might be on the page with that picture if it really were a story book).  There are a total of 90 pictures!  These will be great for centers or individual practice!

You could make it more difficult for higher learners by just giving them the picture and making the students come up with their own words that might be on that page (also teaching how to making inferences!).  And you could extend the lesson by having the students use the words to write a story about the picture!  How great is this?

I am going to work on activities for each strategy so make sure to check back for more!

Hope you enjoy!