Sunday, September 20, 2015


We just created our first predictable chart and class book of the year!  If you have never created a predictable chart with your class, you’re in for a treat!

What is a predictable chart? 
This is a technique for shared writing based on the 4-Block literacy model by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall.   

Prior to beginning the group lesson, we decide on the sentence which includes the high frequency word we want to reinforce.  The teacher writes the first sentence to model for the students and then records each child’s sentence.  We like to add a small photo of the children next to their sentences. 

Why use a predictable chart?
We use these charts for discussing concepts of print ideas such as spacing, capitalization, punctuation, etc.  We use Wikki Stix to circle the high frequency word we have introduced.  
Once we are finished, we leave the chart hanging in the room for the children to re-read with a pointer.  They are very excited about these charts since they have contributed to it and their photos are on it!  
Our first predictable chart!
You can see that we have lots of children who have to wait their turns!  Sometimes we create the chart in two or three days, and sometimes we create it at our reading group during literacy stations.

Making a book from a predictable chart: 
Type up and print off the wording you need for the sentences.  For the sample we’re showing you here, we printed off a sheet of “I” and “am,” cut them apart, and put them in separate tubs on their work table at a literacy station.  We also typed up the students’ names and had them ready to go!  
Wording for our first book!
The illustrations for our first book are simple hand prints but for other books we have had the children draw their illustrations with a permanent marker and then let them use watercolors to paint the pictures. 

We used these pages first as a bulletin board:
A great bulletin board for Back-to-School Night!

Then we put them into a 3-ring binder for a class book.  We made the cover by printing off the word “I” in different font on different colored paper.  The children love going to the class library to read the “I” Book! 
Our first class book from a predictable chart!

Have fun with predictable charts! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


This is our fourth week of school already and we have made 2 complete KinderLit books as well as one Zero the Hero project.  Here are 10 tips and 2 freebies when using KinderLit! 

Although we give you exact sizes in the book directions, we cut construction paper into halves, quarters, and eighths.  Saves time!

We have a team of 4 teachers and for quick and easy prepping, we each cut the construction paper needed for 1 page for our 4 classes.  Then we get together and share the piles of cut paper with each other.  

Tired of refilling glue bottles?  Try using Tap-N-Glue® tops for your bottles.  But we tell the children to “press and squeeze” to get a dot of glue out.  You can see in this photo how the yellow paper is covered with dots of glue.  No mess!  And less glue!Click here to see it in action on their websitebut shop around to find them cheaper!  And we use them year after year!
Our first attempt at cutting circles from squares! 

Don’t spend the time creating tracers for the children to share.  Just cut out squares and rectangles and teach the children to cut off the corners to create circles and ovals! 

Giving the points "haircuts!

Download our complete cutting directions for free here!

☺Provide a space for the students to save their books in progress.  We use a set of cubbies as well as their seat sacks. Before we had cubbies, we used plastic tubs and would collect the books each day to store in our tubs and then pass them out again the next day.

  Model the page of the day in your own book in front of the  
   children.  Don’t make it ahead of time to just put on display -  
   the children need to see the process of creating the collage   
   and can contribute to the directions.  After yours is complete, 
   leave it up in front of the room for the children to use as a 
She's learning how to use a reference!
The day’s paper can be put out at each table in baskets.  When we made the covers of the Colors Colors book, each child needed one square of 6 colors so we set up a “buffet” table of paper!  The children walked past the table and picked up one of every color.
A "buffet" of paper!

Some books lend themselves to separate covers until the inside pages are complete, such as Zero the Hero, My Five Senses, and Boom! Boom! Boom! ABCs. These covers make great bulletin boards!

Our "Boom" Trees!
When the books are finished, you can use them with small groups at guided reading time.  The books can be used for a Partner Reading station too.  Before sending them home have your class sit together to read one last time! 

Send home a Star Reader homework paper to encourage the  
   children to read their books to their families, friends, and  
   even pets!  

Click on the homework paper to receive your free copy!
Star Reader Homework

Our students love creating their own versions of literature, each one as individual as the children!  And the pride and success they feel is priceless!
A book of his own to take home and read!

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Happy Teaching!