“Hi! Pizza Man” Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Literature Unit Study in Action



Recently we shared about our new  Kindergarten Literature Units and our first set of printables for “Hi! Pizza Man!” We completed this unit in our home and today we want to share our fun with you!  This unit ended up being more fun than I realized it would be, she absolutely loved it!  I am so thankful God led my heart in this direction for her! Our Hi! Pizza Man Kindergarten Literature Unit was a blast!


I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I borrow books from the library and also toys from friends to enrich our learning. I gather toys from around the house too {well, actually I send my older boys on a hunt to find things for me}.  You can see some suggestions for what to gather, borrow or buy for this unit here!

The full set-up…

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I divided up our activities into 5 hanging folders, they are behind our You Can Read unit in this basket. I follow a very loose lesson plan and shift things around as needed or desired. I do not stress out at all about what does or does not get done each day.  We just have fun together and learn as we go!

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I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.  After speaking and meeting readers at the Teach Them Diligently Conventions I began thinking of more ways I could help people and videos came to my mind.

We spread this unit over 2 1/2 weeks, for 6 days total.  We are in a lighter school mode right now so I was in no rush. I divided this post into days so you could see what we did on each day.


Day One

The set up drew her right in and she loved it!  She was playing and reading her books within seconds!

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After I let her explore on her own for awhile, we read the book together.  We pulled out the animals we have and added them to the story!

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We worked on the 3 part animal cards next, in our small pocket chart!

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Pizza patterns were a hit, she is very into patterns right now!

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She loved the pizza sticker book I got for her.  One side is hers and one is mine.  Can you guess who the picky one is?

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Cutting out pictures and gluing the words that begin with P onto the pizza.

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Here she is reading her completed Letter P words

 

She loved the Kind Words ~ Rude Words activity a lot.  She has struggled with using polite words with people in the past but is much better now.

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Here’s a small video clip of us doing this activity.


Day Two

Our day began with her entering the schoolroom after fixing her own hair.  I asked if she wanted help with her headband and of course the answer was no. I’m kinda glad she said no, I like this look on her.

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She came in and began playing with her pizza stuff, pretending to eat it and bringing me pizza of course.

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We read the story together and then did our story sequencing activity, which she LOVED!

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Here’s a video of us doing this activity together,  You’ll notice in it she asks me if we can tape it together,  I had not planned on that but followed her lead!  You can see the finished product below in a photo!

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She turned the Make a Pizza craft into a big ordeal.  She divided it up into 4 parts and let all of us choose what we wanted on our piece.  We wrote our initial on what we ordered and she got busy.

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Here’s a video of portions of the process

 

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Graphing the pizza toppings…

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Day Three

Day 3 began with reading the book again, but this time she read it to me!  After the first two pages she said she wanted to read it herself!

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After reading we just played pizza together.  The puppies came to the pizzeria and chose their toppings.

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We used the whole, 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 parts from our pizza fraction game.

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Rhyming words

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Here’s a video clip of us working on rhyming words

 

We talked again about the character connection and how it related to this Bible verse.  We focused on using gentle words with others and role played a bit with this.  Then she illustrated the verse and wrote the word gentle.

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Here’s her final version…

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We got back out our graph from day 2 and recorded the results.  She wrote all of the numbers by herself!

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We also got out our pizza patterns from day 1 and glued a pattern down onto the long strip.

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Day Four

{this is week 2 of this unit, we did 3 days the first week}

We took advantage of beautiful weather and packed our school bags and headed up to our second story deck for a couple of hours one morning. My oldest son was there and so was my camera and he captured these shots of Ladybug and me reading together.

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She made another pizza {she really likes cutting, gluing and pizza crafts}.

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We did our comprehension questions up on the deck.  She chose the questions out of the bag and I read them to her.

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Here’s a video of her answering the last one she pulled out.

 


Day Five

{this is week 3 of our unit, we traveled over the end of week 2 so finished up the following week}

We matched animals to their names and sounds…

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She called people and asked everyone in our house what their favorite pizza topping was for her graph.  She really enjoyed this and got to practice her phone skills too.  She even called Miss Yo {Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations}.

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Here’s a video of her calling to ask my mom

 

She wrote about her favorite animal in the story, with me spelling for her this time.

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What would a pizza unit be without making PIZZA?  She made us all lunch and was so very excited about it!

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A little reading while it cooked…

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Day 6

We were technically done with our unit but she wanted to color pizzas, so I scaled down our Pizza coloring printables and made her a coloring book!

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All of our work from this unit!  She had so much fun and we made great memories together!

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See our printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables   Toys and Books to go along with Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Unit

Hi Mr Pizza Man Pinterest Board

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?

My Cats Nick and Nora ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit with Printables

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables



Our second Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I have been busy developing behind the scenes and am excited to share our second unit with you.

My Cats Nick and Nora is a favorite book of Ladybug’s.  She LOVES cats, which is the main reason she loves this book. If you have a child who loves cats, this unit might be a fun one for you.


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

Lesson Plan My Cats Nick and Nora

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose graphing favorite pets, graphing balloon colors, and identifying coins.

Graphing Pets

Graphing Balloons Graphing Balloons

Coin Identification for Kinderagrtners

 

Lots of literacy activities; Letter N sound, 3 part words cards with color words, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, rhyming fun, and sight words.

Letter N is for...Color Word Balloon 3 Part CardsStory sequencingComprehensionRhyming WordsSight Words

For our Science focus, children will sort and classify cats in many ways!

Sorting CatsSorting Cats

The character and Bible connection is focused on using polite and kind words with others.

Character Connection

Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

Proverbs 17:17Proverbs 17:17Proverbs 17:17Proverbs 17:17

 

A Color By Number Cat for fun!

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.  We are using many of the ideas I have pinned!

My Catsa Nick and Nora Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Unit

 

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  We will also be sharing more free literature based printables soon too!

"Hi! Pizza Man!" Kindergarten Literature Unit with Printables

Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables


Our first Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I have been busy developing behind the scenes and am excited to share our first unit with you.

“Hi! Pizza Man!” is a favorite book of Ladybug’s.  Because it is a favorite of hers, we are having fun learning with it. If you have a child who loves pizza, this unit might be a fun one for you.  The book also has animals in it, which Ladybug loves.  I think she loves the humor in the book and the fact that the main character is a little girl about her age. It is a simple and fun book, one I don’t mind reading everyday to her!


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

sample lesson plan

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose patterns and graphing.

Pizza PatternsPizza Patterns

Pizza Graphing

Pizza GraphingPizza Graphing

 

Lots of literacy activities; Letter P sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, rhyming fun, and writing.

P is for Pizza Printable

Story SequencingStory Sequencing

Comprehension

RhymingRhyming

Writing

For our Science focus, I decided to focus on the animals in the story. 3 part cards  and matching animal names with sounds and pictures will also work on literacy skills!

3 Part Animal Cards3 Part Animal Cards

Animal Sounds Matching

The character and Bible connection is focused on using polite and kind words with others.

Kind Words Printable ActivityKind Words Printable Activity

Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

Proverbs 15:1Proverbs 15:1Proverbs 15:1Proverbs 15:1

 

A couple of creative options…

Pizza CraftPizza Craft

Pizza CraftPizza Craft

 

I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.  We are using many of the ideas I have pinned!

Hi Mr Pizza Man Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Unit

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  We will also be sharing more free literature based printables soon too!

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom



You may have noticed in many photos on my blog that my daughter has struggled with pencil grip.  I can’t tell you how proactive I have been about this, yet she still has the worst natural grip of all of my kids.  She will hold the pencil with all 4 fingers on her grip along with her thumb.  She writes neatly for her age, but I know her pencil grip needs correction.   I tend to not push it all the time, which is why you often see the uncorrected version in school photos on my blog.  We specifically spend time working on the correct grip, but she defies me and is stubborn.  Because I want her to LOVE LEARNING, I choose not to fight it all during our school time.

Here’s a recent photo showing her uncorrected grip, which she prefers. It has her entire hand on the pencil!

Uncorrected Pencil Grip

 

Here’s a photo of the ONLY intervention we have tried that she has accepted.  I seriously was ready to give up and then suddenly, she accepted the pom pom and even will remind me now. You can see the red pom pom in her hand. Her grip still isn’t picture perfect, but it is so much better!

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

I first saw this idea here, on Dr.Jean and Friends blog.  You can read the explanation of how to present this correction there. I have tried everything but somehow I had never seen this before.  I figured it was worth a shot.  Thank goodness I tried it.  She accepted it and likes her new little bucket of pom poms to choose from when we are working on grip.

We are continuing to work and using our pom pom to practice a lot.  She will even use it during school time some now.  Her natural grip hasn’t improved much so far, but we are trying! I pay attention to her when she isn’t thinking about it and noticed she still puts all fingers on the crayon/pencil.

I have more pencil grip articles and ideas pinned on my Preschool at Home Pinterest board.  Scroll down, they are mostly about halfway down on the board right now.

Organizing You Can Read

Organizing You Can Read Sight Words

As I prepare You Can Read to use with Ladybug, I am appreciating some organizational methods I put into place when using it with Krash!  It is making it very easy for me to get things ready for her! I have never shared how I organize it all and thought maybe I should! 

Not familiar with You Can Read?  It is a sight word program for younger readers who are eager to learn to read, but still need lots of hands on fun in the process. It can be used with younger kids who are showing interest or for any age child who is just learning to read.  The 18 units are based on the Dolch Pre Primer & Primer Sight Word lists, as well as a few I added in, for a total of 72 words. There is also a color and number word set.  The base 18 units are available for free here.  There is also a Bundle for $10 which gives you the additional word units plus all of the extras, plus one simple download for the base units.

 

The main organizational tool I use with this program…

Accordion File Folders

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I got mine at Target when they were in the dollar section {maybe for $3, I can’t remember}. I have 3 folders like this to fit all of the units in, this is just the one that holds the first units {there are 18 base units plus color and number words}. I used the little tabs that came with the folder to write the unit number and the actual words in that unit.

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What’s in the folder?

 

All of the base printables {many are laminated to be reused, so I had none of that to do for Ladybug}. I just looked for what was missing {consumable like the color by word} and printed those for Ladybug.

 

Printable Extras from the You Can Read Bundle~ You Can Read includes many special extras that are ONLY available in the bundle.  I chose which ones I want to use for her and print those also.

You Can Read Bundle Extras

One of the extras is a sensory bin word search which has tons of tiny laminated words.  I sort ours in this awesome plastic tray. I had to re-sort all of our words {such fun} since I dropped it as I was pulling it down off of the storage shelf!

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Extras from other sources ~ I use a few printables from other sources. First, the sight word color by number printables that are located here. I printed her a new set to color, and also included the set Krash colored which is laminated so we could play matching games with them! We also use Education Cube inserts that were made specifically for You Can Read by my friend Jenn.

 

Sight Word Readers & First Little Readers ~ We have 2 sets of small easy readers we use and I have them all labeled with the key sight words in the books. Some books could go along with different units, so I just sorted them based on how many we had for each unit. If you use other sight word based easy readers, you can find key sight words in them and sort them out by unit.  We also have an old set of Open Court K readers which I have sorted also. 

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The Sight Word Readers already have the key sight words printed on the front.

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I sort the books I want to use for each unit and file them in the pockets so I don’t have to go hunting when we get to each unit!

 

Here’s a peek at the stash for Unit 1…

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