Ten on Our Sleds

  • crayons
  • markers
  • paper
  • Ten on a Sled (book) 
  • author
  • sled
  • title

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Writing/W.PK.MA.2 Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.
English Language Arts/Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.2.c Identify the initial sound of a spoken word and, with guidance and support, generate several other words that have the same initial sound

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing Experiments with writing tools and materials.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.
Literacy Knowledge/Phonological Awareness Identifies and discriminates between sounds and phonemes in language, such as attention to beginning and ending sounds of words and recognition that different words begin or end with the same sound.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 8 Listen to, identify, and manipulate language sounds to develop auditory discrimination and phonemic awareness.
English Language Arts/Composition 16 Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Ten on Our Sleds

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Skill Focus: Concepts of Print, Counting, Early Writing, Phonological Awareness (Beginning Sounds)

Have children write their own stories about animals on a sled. Guide children to understand that they can use the animals shown in the book or choose other animals to ride on the sled.

Encourage children to use alliteration, as the author of Ten on a Sled did. Say, Think of an action word. Then choose an animal that begins with the same sound. For example, wobbled is an action word; it starts with /w/. Worm is an animal that begins with the same sound. So I could say,Worm wobbled out.” Help children as needed.

Remind children to count down as animals fall off the sled, until only one is left. Encourage children to illustrate their stories. Make sure each “author” includes a front cover for the story, with a title and his or her name as author.

Talk with children as they write their stories. Read each completed story aloud with its author. 

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