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Concepts of Print

concepts of print lesson plans

Concepts of print refers to the understanding of how print and books work. These skills are a critical prerequisite to teaching children to read. 


Concepts of print include:
  -How books are read
  -Identification of parts of print
  -Print orientation
  -Parts of a book

Kindergarten reading instruction sometimes begins with the assumption that students have an understanding of most concepts of print. Unfortunately, students who come to school without these skills can fall behind right away if the direct instruction and modeling of these important skills is overlooked. 

A strong foundation in early literacy skills including direct instruction in Concepts of Print can ensure reading success in later years. (C.Johnson, 2015). Early onset of Concepts of Print skills correlated to a stronger reading ability in later years. Tizard (1988) stated that CoP awareness at the age of 4 was a strong predictor of reading achievement at ages 7 and 11.
concepts of print lesson plans

The main Concepts of Print skills include the concepts of a book and understandings of print. I will go in depth with each of those concepts below. 

Concepts of a book refers to the understandings of how books work. Children should understand where the front cover, back cover, and title page are in a book. They should know how to handle books properly, hold books with correct orientation, and turn the pages sequentially. They should understand the job of the author and illustrator. They should follow pages in a book from left to right. They should understand that words are read from top to bottom on a page. 

Understandings of print refers to just that-- understanding how print works. Children should understand that the print in a book conveys the story or message. They should understand the differences between words, letters, and punctuation. Words are separated by spaces. They should understand that sentences are a complete thought. That they begin with a capital letter and end with punctuation. They should be able to identify the first letter and last letter of a word, and the first and last word in a sentence. They should be able to point to words with 1:1 correspondence. 


Early literacy instruction should follow a path of strategic and explicit instruction in:
Concepts of Print
Phonemic Awareness
Phonics
Reading Skills and Strategies

We as teachers cannot ignore the importance of direct instruction in Concepts of Print as the early onset of reading instruction in our classrooms. But, how? What exactly do I need to teach my students? How do I make sure that I'm providing them with instruction on all concept of print skills? Where do I begin teaching my students how to read?

concepts of print lesson plans

Little Readers & Thinkers: Concepts of Print provides you with 14 days of strategic and explicit instruction in all Concepts of Print skills. It provides you a framework of knowledge of what your students need to learn, the progression of skills that makes sense for kindergartners, and the specific teacher language that can be used to teach.

The lessons in this unit follow a traditional Reading Workshop format: mini-lesson, practice, and share.  The lessons can be taught in either a whole group or small group format.
WHAT’S INCLUDED 
-Concepts of Print Skill List
-Step-by-step, SCRIPTED Developmentally Appropriate Lesson Plans (14 days + assessment)
-Lesson plans follow a traditional Reading Workshop format: Mini-lesson, Practice, Share
-Learning Target PowerPoint
-Concepts of Print Read Aloud Routine
-Anchor Charts Examples
-Concepts of Print 1:1 Scripted Assessment with text and rubric





Big books, picture books, and books for student use are to be supplied by the teacher 
(no specific titles are necessary). 


concepts of print lesson plans

Teacher Appreciation Gift

I don't know about you, but as a teacher I ALWAYS appreciated gift cards. There was always something I needed for my home or my classroom and a gift card was perfect to help get just what was needed. The best place to receive a gift card from? Well... where else can you find anything and everything under the sun? 



If you're looking for a quick Teacher Appreciation gift that you KNOW they'll appreciate... Amazon gift cards are where it's at. Super easy. 

1. Buy your gift cards at Amazon.com and select the "print at home" option to print them out.
3. Fold a piece of colored paper in four to make a card. 
4. Glue "You are amazing" to the front of the card and trim then glue the gift card code inside. 
5. Write a personal note. 
6. Secure with a little sticker at the opening. 
7. Done! 



Little 1st Grade SCIENCE Thinkers! (First Grade Science)

If you ever struggled with planning and implementing effective, engaging science lessons in your first grade classroom, then please read on. This post is for you!

Maybe your district supplies you with a big-box curriculum that isn't user-friendly. Maybe it creates too much work for you. Maybe it doesn't hold your students' attention. Or maybe you don't have a curriculum and you are left spending your weekends piecing together ideas from Pinterest.

No more. I'm here to tell you how we can solve all of those problems with the Little Science Thinkers Curriculum.

Little 1st Grade SCIENCE Thinkers is a complete curriculum specifically for First Graders
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your students. 
It is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of many state Science Standards as well as the NGSS. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, written and created by me, a teacher. You can be assured that I do not hire other people to write or create any part of my units.
This curriculum contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, let's look at the units.

Unit 5: Weather  (COMING Fall 2019)


Each four-week unit is meant to be taught three times per week with 30-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and primary-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of each unit.






Print and use *complete* lesson plans & a full teacher guide to help you plan and teach.



Nonfiction Texts are INCLUDED for read-alouds that go with each content lesson (about 8 texts PER UNIT):



Science Stations (at least 4 stations PER UNIT):



Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:




Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 



Student Workbook with activities to follow most lessons, with directions and activities written in primary-friendly language



A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:



primary-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:


I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use and VERY engaging for your kids. 

Here's what teachers who have used the curriculum are saying:




You can see all of the lessons included, and find all of my Little 1st Grade Science Thinkers units here:


Lesson 1: SCIENTISTS OBSERVE
Lesson 2: SCIENCE TOOLS AND SAFETY
Lesson 3: THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Lesson 4: STATES OF MATTER
Lesson 5: PROPERTIES OF MATTER
Lesson 6: SOUND AND VIBRATIONS
Lesson 7: LIGHT
Lesson 8: USING LIGHT AND SOUND TO COMMUNICATE
Lesson 9: COMMUNICATING USING LIGHT OR SOUND INVESTIGATION
Lesson 10: HANDS-ON SCIENCE STATIONS (2 DAYS)
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT


Lesson 1: EARTH'S PLACE IN SPACE
Lesson 2: THE SUN - ENERGY
Lesson 3: THE SUN - PATTERNS OF DAY AND NIGHT
Lesson 4: THE SUN - PATTERNS OF THE SEASONS
Lesson 5: OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Lesson 6: THE MOON - CRATERS
Lesson 7: THE MOON - PHASES
Lesson 8: GRAVITY
Lesson 9: SOLAR SYSTEM INVESTIGATION
Lesson 10: HANDS-ON SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT


Lesson 1: EARTH'S SURFACE
Lesson 2: ROCKS AND MINERALS
Lesson 3: ROCK TYPES
Lesson 4: ROCK EXPLORATION
Lesson 5: NATURAL RESOURCES
Lesson 6: RENEWABLE AND NONRENEWABLE RESOURCES
Lesson 7: SOIL
Lesson 8: SOIL INVESTIGATION
Lesson 9: CARING FOR OUR RESOURCES & COMPOSTING
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT


UNIT 4: SURVIVAL OF LIVING THINGS
Lesson 1: LIVING AND NONLIVING THINGS
Lesson 2: HOW PARTS OF LIVING THINGS HELP THEM SURVIVE
Lesson 3: BIOMIMICRY INVESTIGATION
Lesson 4: OFFSPRING OF LIVING THINGS
Lesson 5: INHERITED TRAITS
Lesson 6: INHERITED TRAITS INVESTIGATION
Lesson 7: INTERDEPENDENCE OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS
Lesson 8: FOOD CHAINS
Lesson 9: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT


UNIT 5 (Weather and the Water Cycle) coming Summer 2019!)

Little Kindergarten SCIENCE Thinkers (Unit 3: Properties)

If you ever struggled with planning and implementing effective, engaging science lessons in your kindergarten classroom, then please read on. This post is for you!

Maybe your district supplies you with a big-box curriculum that isn't user-friendly. Maybe it creates too much work for you. Maybe it doesn't hold your students' attention. Or maybe you don't have a curriculum and you are left spending your weekends piecing together ideas from Pinterest.

No more. I'm here to tell you how we can solve all of those problems with the Little Science Thinkers Curriculum.

Little SCIENCE Thinkers  is a complete curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is been written to suit the main topics of state Kindergarten Social Studies Standards as well as NGSS.

It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. Here are all of the units.
UNIT 1: Our Senses 
UNIT 2: Seasons and Weather
UNIT 3: Properties
UNIT 4: Plants
UNIT 5: Animal Life Cycles
UNIT 6: Force & Motion


Here are the lessons plans contained in Unit 3: Properties:
Lesson 1: MAKING OBSERVATIONS
Lesson 2: SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, AND GASES
Lesson 3: OBSERVING COLOR
Lesson 4: OBSERVING AND MEASURING SIZE
Lesson 5: OBSERVING AND MEASURING WEIGHT
Lesson 6: OBSERVING SHAPE
Lesson 7: OBSERVING TEXTURE
Lesson 8: OBSERVING AND MEASURING TEMPERATURE
Lesson 9: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS (DAY 2)
Lesson 11: EXPERIMENT
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT AND CRAFTIVITY (2 days)


The four-week unit is meant to be taught three times per week with 30-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit.

Print and use *complete* lesson plans:


A full Teacher Guide to help you plan and teach.


EIGHT Texts are INCLUDED for read-alouds:


6 Science Stations:

Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:





Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 


Student Workbook with activities to follow most lessons, with directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language



A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:




Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:



I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 


-----------Find the FULL CURRICULUM HERE!------------


As always, let me know if you have any questions! 


Little 1st Grade SOCIAL STUDIES Thinkers - Unit 2: Families, Long Ago & Today!

Hey all! 
This blog post is to explain all about UNIT 2 in my
Little Social Studies Thinkers  curriculum for FIRST GRADE!

Little Social Studies Thinkers  is a complete curriculum specifically for primary kids
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your primary friends. 
The first grade edition is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of 1st grade Social Studies Standards from states across the country. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, designed, and created by me, Karen Jones.
. It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, let's look at the units.

Unit 2 is now complete and available here. Let's take a closer look at what is included!



Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The six-week unit is meant to be taught bi-weekly (twice a week) with 25-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and primary-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:



A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:


Texts for read-alouds:


Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans that mirror best practices in primary instruction:


Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 




Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:



A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:




I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 



As always, let me know if you have any questions! 

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