While searching on Pinterest for a few out of the box letter recognition activities today I found this Hole Punching Activity. Don't worry there is an option to not have millions of dots all over your house. The creator made strips of scrambled letters with a picture of a noun and the identifying letter in bold. The object of the activity is to hole punch (or color) every letter that matches the picture or bold identifying letter.
For those students that are beyond letter recognition, there is a Site Word Hole Punching Activity that follows the same idea. There are even a few blank strips that allow you to write in words that your student may need a little extra practice with. Oh and did I mention.... they are both FREE. Simply download, print and punch!
So I came across an email I received from "The Thinker Builder" and it was just too good not to share. The email discusses how stepping in to a book as a character and perceiving their thoughts and emotions can sometime change you comprehension of a story. The email also explained that stepping out of a book and thinking why did an author took the direction they did in the story. Perception is a huge enrichment and deep thinking skill that can always strengthened no matter the grade level or age.
The idea of "Step In" refers to asking students to step in to the world of the story to analyze the choices made by a character. Use these anchor questions to get students stepping into the text:
The mini-anchor charts in the picture make handy little references during a guided reading session
The classic children's picture book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a great book to read and discuss with your child for deeper understanding. There are countless free resources on this book online to explore.
This is the heartwarming story of a fruit bat that makes a home with a family of birds after she is separated from her mother. Kids will learn about the different characteristics of birds and bats as they enjoy this story about friendship, compromise, and acceptance.
Great questions to discuss with your child while enjoying this book:
What does Stellaluna learn about herself and her bird friends when she loses her mother?
Stellaluna learns that she can make friends with birds who are different from her, and she learns that she can use her “bat” instincts to help her friends.
What is this story trying to teach us?
Even though we have many differences, we can still be friends and learn from one another.
Below you can click and download different activities that can be used to strengthen your child's thinking and interpretation of the story.
Don't have the book or access to a hard copy? You can also find a YouTube read aloud of the book with illustrations below.