We read Eric Carle's book From Head to Toe then I had students think of something they could do and I took their picture while they did it. This book page has a mistake on it though. It should not say "I can." twice.
We do a lot of books at the beginning of school where kids only have to write their first name. These activities do not take very long, but they give kids practice writing their name the "kindergarten way" - writing a capital letter for the first letter and lowercase letters for the rest. A lot of my students have to unlearn writing their names in all capital letters.
We read Harold and the Purple Crayon and made a class book.
We read A, My Name is Alice by Jane E. Bayer and made this class book. We use a writing program called Write From the Beginning. In kindergarten, you teach the students to draw with great detail based on the belief that the details will later carry over to the writing. My students drew self- portraits with step by step whole group instruction. If you are interested in Write From the Beginning, let me know and I will give you more information.
This is an idea that came from my librarian. She read the book One Smart Cookie by John A. Nez and then had the students brainstorm reasons they were "smart cookies."
We made this book based on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. One thing I would do differently is the sticker letters. I let them choose their letters, but then they were in random order. I also think I would look for smaller letter stickers or make the words page larger.
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