Kindergarten teacher ReGina Harvey reports that “Teaching kindergarten students to think for themselves is a challenging task. I am frequently looking for new and inventive ways to spark imagination and enhance comprehension.”
Harvey found a solution in fractured fairy tale resources like the lesson “Cowboys and Castles: Interacting with Fractured Texas Tales.” Harvey reports, “Using the story Cinderella was an ingenious way to motivate the girls to learn, and the book Bubba the Cowboy Prince was an even more engaging enticement for the boys.” Read more about Harvey’s experiences in the ReadWriteThink Community Stories section, and for more free literacy activities, just keep reading!
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From the Calendar
- July 22: The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376. After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett’s version with Browning’s version and discuss how perspective changes the story. (For grades 7–12)
- July 26: Jan Berenstain, co-author of the popular Berenstain Bears series of books, was born in 1923. Teachers create “Book Kits” for students to help promote family literacy. Berenstain Bears books are included in these “book kits” which also include nonfiction books on the same subject, home activities, reproducibles, and parent information. (For grades K–2)
- July 28: Author of Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt, was born in 1932. Students research the concept of immortality from beliefs around the world and compose a short story, myth, or poem that addresses immortality. (For grades 9–12)
- July 30: Paperback books were first introduced in 1935. Independent reading is promoted among students by organizing a paperback book swap in the classroom or with other classes at the same grade level. (For grades 3–8)
- July 31: J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today. Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library. (For grades 7–12)
- Next month, find lesson plans and activities on Alex Haley, Walter Dean Myers, monarch butterflies, voting rights, and more!
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[Photo: Cowboy by Sam Howzit, on Flickr]