Barbara Pearson GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER ELEMENTARY, SANTA ANA, CA
Kindergarten ELA : Unit #1 - School : Lesson #16

B is for Boomer and Bear!

Objective: SWBAT will learn correct letter formation for letter Bb and create a letter art for Bb.
Standards: RL.K.1 RL.K.6 RL.K.7 RF.K.1 RF.K.1d RF.K.2
Subject(s): English / Language Arts
60 minutes
1 Prepare the Learner - 10 minutes

B is for Boomer

 

Review the letter Bb. Remind students that Boomer starts with the letter B. 

 

We watch this video to review the sound and letter formation for letter Bb.

 

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Multi-Media in Common Core

We see multi media addressed throughout Common Core.  As our students get older and we prepare them for college and career, it will be important for them to be comfortable with different forms of media.  We also want them to be able to listen for information and be actively engaged through media.  Presenting the story through video meets all of those needs!

 

 

2 Interact with text/concept - 35 minutes

Letter Formation Practice

 

Students will practice letter formation and locating pictures that begin with the letter Bb.  I do letter formation whole group on a document camera.  I first model the formation on my paper for the students while they watch.

I say: For the letter B, I start at the top.  I go straight down with my pencil, like a number 1. I pick up my pencil, put it back on the top line and go out and around to the middle.  Then back out and around to the bottom and touch the line.  Our letters always sit on the bottom line.    As I am giving these directions, I making the letter on the document camera as students watch.

 

I give a non example: Boys and girls, don't do this.  Try not to put a circle in the middle of your B.  I draw a capital B with a circle in the middle.  The middle needs to be a line, not a circle. 


I say: Now you try.  Trace line 1 and I am going to come around and watch. 

 

I follow the same pattern of instruction with the lower case b. 

 

We then find the pictures that start with the sound of B and color or circle them.  

 

letter formation
Diverse Entry Points
3 Extend Understanding - 10 minutes

Letter Art

 

I have students sit on the floor with me as I model how to make a bear from their Capital B.  

I begin: Boys and girls, we are going to make a bear out of our letter B.  I show students the capital B that I've run on brown construction paper.  I pre-cut  the middle parts of the B on the top and the bottom.  I also show students the parts of the bear.  What parts do you see here for our bear? (hands, legs, ears, eyes, nose)  First, we need to color them either brown or black because those are the real colors for bears.  I am going to color my bear parts brown, but you can do yours black if you'd like.  I model coloring the parts brown.

I continue:  Now watch as I cut out all the bear parts.  We need to cut exactly on the lines so that we have all of the parts for our bear.  I cut out each part in front of the students and place them in one pile after I cut them out.  I direct: Make sure you keep all of your bear parts in one pile so you have a complete bear when you are done!  

 

After all parts are cut, I model how to glue the parts onto the capital B so that they form a bear.  When finished, I direct:  When your bear is complete, but your name on the top or the bottom and bring it to the table to dry.

 

If time, we sing the Boomer song.

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Letter Art

 I like to post the letter art in the room.  Even the ones that don’t look like what they are supposed to look like! It allows both parents and administration to see where there student's are in terms of production that involves creating.  I often save these products for parent conferences and other meetings where they can serve as examples of student abilities.