I can't believe I have the opportunity to guest blog for Hadar at Miss Kindergarten. I love her blog and am so excited to be here. I'm Ms. Kerri from Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Klass.I would love it if you would stop by my blog when you finish reading this post.
So I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to post about on this blog I love that would be useful. I have been working on my never ending to do list and one of the things on my to do is to create literacy bags to use for the year. I tried out literacy bags last year and had a lot of success with them. But I was scrambling each time to try to get it together. I am hoping to get it all together this summer and not be scrambling each month. Last year, I did a literacy bag for If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Very Busy Spider, The Mitten, and a Dr. Seuss one. There was only one student who had trouble returning the book like she was suppose to. If you would like to see copies of those literacy bags, you can find them on my blog. This school year I'm changing things up a bit. I loop with my kids so I had them in kindergarten last year, so I can't do the same ones. I'm planning on focusing on one author a month for an author study. For August and September, our focus is going to be Kevin Henkes. Yesterday I finished my author study board in the classroom. I just need to do a little research and get some pictures but I think I'm going to finish up the board with my class. I want them to have the chance to vote on their favorite Kevin Henkes' book. We always read Chrysanthemum the first week of school and do some activities around the book.
This year I would also like to add a math component to the literacy bags. For the Kevin Henkes literacy bag, I've included the books Shelia Rae, the Brave, Wemberley Worried, and Chrysanthemum. I'll also include a class book page, the math problem page, and instructions for parents. I typically put the instructions in a sheet protector or laminate. Then I put all the copies of the class book page in a folder so the kids will have it. I think that I'll probably just put the math problem in the folder as well and maybe include some cubes to help the students solve the problems.
I put all these materials into a bag that I got from the dollar store or from the dollar spot from Target. I usually just go in alphabetic order to send the bags home. Then the next time I go in reverse order. I hope this gives you a few ideas to how to try out literacy bags in your classroom. My students loved them and it's a great home school connection.
Here's a freebie for you to get this bag going in your room.
Thanks so much Hadar for letting me guest blog for you. I would love it if you would stop by my blog. I plan on having a literacy bag each month.