Prediction Activities to develop good readers

Being able to “predict” is an important skill to develop in emergent readers. It allows children to figure out an unfamiliar or phonetically irregular/complex word by thinking about what would make sense in that context or a probable string of words eg ” —- upon a time”. Children with good prediction skills will predict that the missing word is “once” even if they are unable to sound it out ( “once” is phonetically irregular, after all).

Learning to predict starts with guessing games and activities and should begin long before children are learning to read. Children love these sort of games and activities so it is a pretty easy skill to encourage ;).

I decided to create two activity sheets to liven up our prediction lessons this week. My class had lots of fun with these I can tell you. It certainly stimulated lots and lots of chatting and prediction

On Monday I asked my class to “predict” and “draw” four likely contents of my lunchbox. It was hilarious! I eat with my class a few days a week inorder to model healthy eating practices. This meant that everyone had an opinion on what I would be dining on!!

It seems that bananas regularly feature in my lunchbox. There was disbelieve among many when I revealed that I had not packed one that day!!! I have to say this activity was so much fun that I will be doing it every year from now on.

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The following morning my pupils were paired off and invited to predict the contents of their partner’s lunchbox. I had warned them the previous day that this would happen. I swear there a few “smart ones” were cataloging contents the previous day in anticipation!

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Have fun. We sure did!

Miss Mernagh 🙂

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Handwriting Award Printables

My school has decided to acknowledge the importance of handwriting by presenting awards each month and displaying samples the Principal’s noticeboard . As I teach emergent writers I have decided to honour  both the “most improved” and “the best handwriting” in my class. I think that it is important to acknowledge effort and progress as well as greatness 😉

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Perhaps you might find my awards useful in your class. I have made them in black and white and plan to mount/photocopy mine on some brightly coloured card. I don’t have a colour printer at work so black and white is essential ;).

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

ps the clip art is copyright djinkers.com

Friendship Week Resources: My Friend Poem

My school has designated this week as “Friendship Week” as part of our anti-bullying strategy. It is such a lovely idea, isn’t it? I am really excited about marking the importance of valuing our friends.

I thought that it would be a lovely idea to get my class to write a little poem about their friend and then to read it to him/her.  As I teach emergent writers (5-7yrs) I created a “fill-in-the-blanks” format poem.  I think that it will be a good way to encourage my class to think about their friendships and to honor a good friend.

Perhaps it might be of use to you? It would be soooo cute for kids to include in a birthday card to their best friend, wouldn’t it?! Please click here to download a copy of  “My Friend” poem

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

ps. Graphics by DJInkers

Creative Writing Ideas for The 3 Little Pigs

I am focusing on writing postcards with my class at the moment. I created these to compliment the story of the 3 Little Pigs. There is a postcard for each Little Pig and one from Mammy Pig. I wonder what they have to say to each other?

For a refreshing modern take on the story check out http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/english/3pigs/default.htm. Meet Silly Pig, Lazy Pig and my personal favourite Glam Pig ( who resides in an architect designed house!). The story is available to play on your interactive whiteboard

I have also make postcard templates for these modern piggies in case you would prefer to use them 😉

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Don’t forget to print a stamp too! Click here to download my stamps!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Cute Star Writer Checklist

What makes a “star writer”? Even beginner readers should be encouraged to edit their own story writing.  It is good practice and it also gives early finishers something to do! I created this “Star Writer Checklist” from my students to use. Just hand it out at the beginning of your lesson and remind your class  to read it before they start and that they are not “finished” until they have used it again at the end. I put in the “sharp pencil”  as writing with blunt pencils is one of my pet hates. It is amazing how many kids don’t bother to get a sharp one before they start!

Click here to download. All you have to do is cut out and laminate these strips!

I hate to waste my laminating pouches! I am sure that you guys are the same.  When I made them for my class I put some cute alphabet strips from  http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/cll/alphabet/strips.html on the back. Now they are doubly useful 🙂 .

This is just one of many that you can download for free from this website. There are strips with uppercase letters too.

Top tip: Print my Star Writer Checklist onto card. Then cut out and  glue the alphabet strip to back.  If you don’t use card you will be able to see the strip underneath.

This combined strip is super duper useful. What do you think? What do you use?

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Creative Writing ideas for Goldilocks & the 3 Bears

I have been working on some cute reader response sheets for Goldilock’s  and the 3 Bears. I started off by creating the letter templates. Letter writing is my focus in school this month. Then I got to thinking… What would the Police Report of the crime look like?! I can’t wait to try all these out with my class! What do you think? Please let me know if you use any of them!

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I also found a great Interactive Story of Goldilock’s and the 3 Bears. It is perfect for home use or for Interactive Whiteboards. Click here for a link to this site.

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂