My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, My Cats Nick and Nora, during the past two weeks.  We started homeschool On Aug 11, but had 2 short weeks due to scheduled events.  We did 4 days of lessons, spread out over those 2 weeks.

My Cats Nick and Nora 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 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}.

This particular unit was simple, CATS! I started with just two cats to represent Nick and Nora from the story.  I also put a portion of our 3-part cat breeds cards in our mini pocket chart.  The extra pieces are in the little kitty bucket {Target dollar spot}.  Our collection of cat books on the bottom, and that was it!

The full set-up…

Cat Theme Set Up Kindergarten

I divided up our activities into 4 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!

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 add cats to the set up and gathered every kitty she owns.  They participated in matching up the 3 part cat breed cards in our small pocket chart!.  L loved learning the names of the the cats and finding the best match in her bunch of stuffed kitties.

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Then we read the book together and identified which cats of hers best represented the cats in the book; Nick, Nora, and Fluffy.

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Balloon color word matching

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We had a nice talk for the character connection, discussing what made Fluffy a mean kitty and how he could have been nicer.

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Lots of role playing with the kitties.

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Then to the table to color the color-by-number rainbow cat

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We finished by doing the “N is for Nick, Nora, and…” activity!

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Day Two

I had the rest of the cats from the 3 part cat breed cards ready for her and she loved that they were different from day one!

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the 3 part cat cards.

 

We made a pipe cleaner cat craft using directions we found here!

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She worked on her favorite pet graph, here she was asking her biggest brother to choose his favorite.

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She loved the sorting cats activity.  First she sorted by babies and adults.  Then she sorted by color.

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Here’s a video clip of us working on sorting cats together.

 

We read the book every day, and used stuffed animals to help us.

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Here she was putting the parts of the story in order.

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Day Three

I pulled out the sight word cats that she knew and we went through the book together finding them.  This was a GREAT review and lots of fun!

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Here’s a bit of video action

 

She really liked the balloon color graphing activity.  She used stickers to record on her graph.

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After completing the graph, she wrote in the numbers on the recording sheet.

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the graph…

 

We sorted rhyming words together, and she taped them on when we were done.

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We talked about being a Godly friend as she traced the word friend on our Bible verse page.

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Day Four

She loved the coin sorting activity, it was a lot of hands on fun.

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Here’s a video clip of her in action.

 

We also did the comprehension questions for the book.  Here’s a tiny video clip of her answering one of the questions with me.

 

I didn’t get photos for some reason, but she also completed her writing activity {you can see it hanging on the far left in the final photo below}.


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!

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables  Toys and Books to go along with My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten UnitMy Catsa Nick and Nora Pinterest Board

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

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See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

 

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables ~ The Dog Who Had Kittens

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables



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

The Dog Who Had Kittens is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring Eloise the cat and Baxter the dog.  I had never heard of this book until it showed up in a stack of books someone gave us. It is on the longer side, so you’ll want to snuggle up if you plan to read this each day during the unit.  This is a sweet story and a great one if you have a dog or cat lover like I do!


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

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose patterns, days of the week, story problems, and graphing.

sorting dogs and cats   days of the week printable

Basic Story Problems   Graphing Dog Breeds

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

What Begins with D   Story Sequencing

Comprehension   Sight Words

Writing

For our Science focus, children will describe the particular features of a Basset Hound {we will try to grab a non-fiction book about Basset Hounds for this activity too}, and also sort adult/baby animals.

Describe a Basset Hound   Sorting Adult and Baby Animals

The character connection is focused on being grateful, as Eloise learned to be in the end.

Being Grateful

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

Psalm 106:1 Printable   Psalm 106:1 Printable

Psalm 106:1 Printable   Psalm 106:1 Printable

Coloring pages for fun!Coloring

I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

The Dog Who Had Kittens Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with The Dog Who Had Kittens 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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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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The Selfish Crocodile ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables


Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I have been busy developing 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.

The Selfish Crocodile is a favorite book of Ladybug’s.  This is a longer book with a great storyline about treating others nicely.  In the beginning the crocodile is selfish and grouchy but then a little mouse helps him and in the end he is friendly with the other animals.  I love this one as much as she does!


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

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, ordering by size, basic fractions, and greater/less than.

Ordinal NumbersOrdering by SizeBasic FractionsGreater or Less

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

Begins with Letter CStory SequencingComprehensionWritingColor Word Crocs

For our Science focus, children will create a river scene, featuring photos of real animals! There’s also a set of 3 part animal cards to explore photos of different animals in the story.

River SceneRiver Scene

3 part Animal Cards3 part Animal Cards

The character and Bible connection is focused on being selfless and selfish.

CharacterCharacter

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

Philippians 2:3Philippians 2:3Philippians 2:3Philippians 2:3

Coloring pages for fun!

River Coloring River Coloring

 

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

The Selfish Crocodile Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with The Selfish Crocodile 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!

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

“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?