The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, The Selfish Crocodile, during the past two weeks.

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action



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 usually borrow books from the library but didn’t have time to get there so we used the croc books we had.

The full set-up…

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The set up didn’t include much {2 books, 2 crocs, coloring and the pocket chart}.  I wanted something more fun and creative so I sat and though for awhile and then remembered I had little foam crocodiles in a old set, and some blue fish rocks = a RIVER!  She also had a crocodile craft she made a few months ago, I put him in too.  She LOVED this!

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We used this unit over two weeks, spreading out the lessons over 5 days total. 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!

I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.


Day One

She immediately wanted to  play with the “river” which was fun!

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I don’t have action shots, but I had her come with me to hunt for animals we had around the house to represent all of the animals in the book!  Many were up in her room, it was fun!  Below you can see them all around her!

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After she explored freely for a while, we read the book and added in the little animals we had to the story.

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Working on the 3 part animal cards in our small pocket chart!.

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Here’s a video of us in action!

She set all of the animals up at the end and played for a long time! I didn’t add in any other work this day, to allow for plenty of free exploration and fun!

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Day Two

Again, she began with free exploration.  The shelf makes it nice and inviting.

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We dug into the ordinal number activity next!  She liked this!

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Here’s a video of us in action

 

We enjoyed the character connection activity next.

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Here’s a video of us in action

 

Finally, she worked on the C is For… activity!

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Day Three

After reading the book again, we put the story in order using our printables.

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We did the small, medium large math activity

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She painted a crocodile {technically an alligator craft but who’s telling?}, which was a BIG hit!  She loves these!

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After it dried, we cut him out and put him together.

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Day Four

She LOVED making a river scene and told me I need a story scene for every book.

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Here’s a peek of her in action making her river scene

 

Dot painting fraction circles.  These printables are to give a basic introduction to fractions.

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Rainbow crocodiles!  She also cut them all out and gave them to each of us as gifts.

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Tracing the word selfish in our Bible verse as we discussed it.

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Day Five

She really enjoyed the greater than less than activity!

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Here she is in action

We cut up our comprehension questions and put them in a bag for her to make it ore fun.  She really enjoys this.  She keeps the ones she gets right!

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Here’s a peek of us in action

 

To close out our fun with this unit, she made a crocodile using the Nature Guide that comes with our Spielgaben set!

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables Toys and Books to go along with The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten UnitThe Selfish Crocodile 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?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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Bible Verse Printables ~ Letter C

RLRS Letter C Genesis 1 1 Bible Verse Printables



Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter C are available to download for free!  C is for CREATED! This set is based on Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  This is one of the easier verse to explain to young children, and a shorter verse so easier to memorize!

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter H right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter C. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting in front of her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

She dislikes this page so I changed it up for her and we used glue and string for the first set of letters, she loved this!

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Then, we used Wikki stix for the second set of letters, and she happily wrote the last set!

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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I have been asked how we do this activity so I took a video to share what it looks like for her.  By the time we do this activity, she has the verse memorized which makes it easier.  If she didn’t I would read her each word and have her find the match.  You can easily adjust the difficulty level of this to meet the needs of your child. I shared a clip of this video on Instagram here!

 

We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram. Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter C in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jingle Bells.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter C printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter C and click on it to download the PDF file.

Bible Verse Printables Letter C is for Created

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables



Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I continue to develop behind the scenes and am excited to share our next unit with you.

A few have asked if I am going in the order the books are listed here on the blog, and the answer is NO.  I am going in random order and that list is not set in stone.  On the website here, at the bottom, I will share the next 2 books I am working on so you’ll have a bit of notice in case you need it.

A Color of His Own is a favorite book of Ladybug’s.  This is a popular book I am sure many of you are familiar with. Ladybug really likes chameleons and other reptiles, which is why I think she really enjoys this story.  I expanded on many aspects of the story for the printables, hope you enjoy them!


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!

A Color of His Own Lesson Plan

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose counting 1-30 {with some tracing}, working with a number line, positional words, and shape identification.

Chameleon Counting Chameleon Number Line Chameleon Shapes Chameleon Positional Words Book

Lots of literacy activities; Letter C sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, and word work.

Letter C  Write a SentenceStory Sequencing Slide12Comprehension Matching Words

For our Science focus, children will sort chameleons, and also sort plants/animals.

Sorting Chameleons Sorting ChameleonsSorting Plants and Animals

The character connection is focused on friendship.

Friendship Friendship

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

Psalm 139:14 Tracing Psalm 139:14 TracingPsalm 139:14 Tracing Psalm 139:14 Tracing

Coloring pages for fun!

Chameleon Coloring Chameleon Coloring

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

Chameleon Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with A Color of His Own 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!  See other units here!

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Cats and Dogs Coloring Printables

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added  new Cats and Dogs Coloring printables! We have two Kindergarten Literature Units coming up, one based on the book My Cats Nick and Nora, and the other based on the book The Dog Who Had Kittens {this unit hasn’t been released yet}. I wanted to have some dog and cat coloring pages ready for her.

Dogs and Cats Coloring Printables FREE

Download the Cats and Dogs coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!Just Color Cats and Dogs

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here


Looking for more Cat fun?

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Kindergarten Literature Unit Ideas ~ My Cats Nick and Nora on Pinterest.

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Cat Theme on Pinterest.

 

Looking for more Dog fun?

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Dog Theme on Pinterest.

Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables A through E

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

Theme Printables P-T

Theme Printables U-Z

 

I wrote about my views on using themes with young kids, and there are certainly a LOT of early childhood themes to choose from! 

If you are like me, at times you choose a letter and build on it for a week or so with your tot/preschooler. It helps me stay focused as a teacher and not forget things! Having a letter of the week is not important, or necessary, it is just helpful for my type-A personality. In honor of this, I have created a series of planning help posts, gathering together all themed printable packs I could find that could extend a letter of the week.

Other times, I build on a theme with no focus on our letter of the week. These lists will help you find things in an orderly fashion!

When you begin planning, Pinterest and Google can be a bit overwhelming!  I am creating this series to help you with your planning.  I have gathered all FREE theme based printable packs {mainly early childhood focused, tots-1st grade} that I am aware of and sorted them by letter so you can browse through and get ideas all in one place! I did NOT include holiday based packs, simply because there are so many and they are pretty easy to find when holidays roll around.

I have included free printable theme packs from bloggers around the web including; Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, Spell Outloud, 3 Dinosaurs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Me & Marie Learning, Ooopsey Daisy, All Our Days, Creative Learning Fun, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little Monkeys, Creative Preschool Resources, Our Country Road, Homeschool Share, Preschool Mom, Gift of Curiosity, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error please let me know!}

If the pack was created by another blogger, I listed their {blog name} in the brackets.  If there aren’t any brackets, I made it!

Letter ATheme Printables A

Letter BTheme Printables B

Letter CTheme Printables C

Letter DTheme Printables D

Letter ETheme Printables E

    Looking for more printables?

    Theme Printables F through J Theme-Printables-K-through-O5 Theme Printables P through T Theme Printables U through Z

    Alll Printables A to Z 300 Printables-Packs-from-1plus1plus1equ

    Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

    Planning-for-a-Theme6 Why-Themes7 How-to-Plan-Using-Themes6


This post is #10 in my series for the iHomeschool Network Spring 2013 Hopscotch. Visit other bloggers participating here!

Links will be added as the series progresses!

Homeschooling-Tots-and-Preschoolers_Day 1 ~ Where to Begin with Tot School eBook

Day 2 ~ You Don’t Have to Do it All!

Day 3 ~ Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Day 4 ~ Time Invested in Tot Schooling

Day 5 ~ 10 Tips for Studying Nature with Tots

Day 6 ~ Exposure vs. Mastery

Day 7 ~ Why Themes?

Day 8 ~ Teaching Tots in a Large Family

Day 9 ~ Our Favorite Learning Tools for Tots

Day 10 ~ Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E