Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Memoirs of a Goldfish.....Literacy Activities

I love this book! When I first heard of this book last Spring I couldn't wait to get a copy of my own. =) Recently I worked with Mrs. T and Mrs. B down the hall to develop some activities centered around this very cute story.  Today I'm just posting our literacy activities. We came up with so many activities that could be connected to goldfish that I'm going to split it into two posts.  I hope you find something here that could work in your room too. We had a lot of fun with this one!

Literacy  Choices / Center Activities:
     * Listening Station... Our principal read the story aloud and put it on a CD for the kids to listen to during our Daily 5 time. They LOVED this!!!! The room was so quiet when they could hear his voice...I may have to have him read some more books on CD for this purpose! =)  We then had the kids draw what happened first, next and last in the story. 

     *  Pocket Chart.....we took sentences from the story and the kiddos had to put them in the correct sequence using the book as a reference.  Without using pictures on the sentence strip this was a challenge for some students but they did GREAT with it!

*   Names and Post Office...

For this activity the kids simply matched a first name fish to a last name fish bowl.  They used our post office name book as a reference for finding the correct last names for each of their friends. 

After name matching each student could pick a friend to write to to tell them which CHARACTER from the book was their favorite and WHY. 

Our class seemed to love CHA-CHA!!!

     *  Working with words....

      *  Pointers for our reading center ...

The Science Center...

Here's our little buddy Gordon. We did vote on his name and Gary didn't win.
Too bad...I liked Gary.

While working in the science center the kids were asked to either write an observation of Gordon or a story about him.

Later we will turn these into a class book.

     *  Writing Work Shop ....
          Together  we wrote how to take care of a goldfish. During our writing workshop time many of the kiddos began their own "how to " stories about taking care of pets.

Soon I'll be posting some of our  goldfish math station activities and what we've been up to in our art and block areas.  I love creating centers around such a great book! So many possibilities!


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