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Here students examine the punctuation of a message left by a leprechaun
Title – Leprechaun Message
By – Rebecca Banks
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – Pre-K
- The student will be able to speak the vocabulary words originally taught with little error
- The student will be able to identify the difference between periods, question marks, etc. with little or no error.
- The student will be able to identify the difference between capitalization, spacing, etc. with little error
List of Materials Needed:
- White board
- Gold Coins
- Green Glitter
- Black bag to put coins in
- Dry Erase Markers
- Sprinkle a glitter path from an open window throughout the room to the classroom door. Turn over chairs. Write a message on the board which includes vocabulary words and punctuation. Put gold coins in black bag; place black bag by or on the door. (See Procedure.)
- The students will see this scene when they walk into the room when they arrive at school. They will then be seated at their squares or assigned seats.
- The disorientation of the room (chairs turned over, glitter around the room, and the message on the board) will get them excited. I will look surprised as well.
- First open a window and sprinkle a glitter path from it to the classroom door. Then write a message and attach the black bag to the door.
- The students will walk in and notice the messy room with the glitter path.
- Ask them to sit down at their squares.
- Teacher will then “notice” the message and say “Look, someone left a message.”
- Have your sentence helper come up.
- We (all the students) will read aloud the message while the sentence helper points out each word, period, and question mark.
- Ask the student, “How do we know there is a new sentence?” “How do we know when a sentence ends?”
- Then call students (about nine) to identify and circle certain letters.
- The students will sit down at their squares when they are done.
- Ask the students (all), “Why do we have a period?” “Why do we have a comma?”
- At the end of the message it will say ” I left you a present. ” Then I will give each of them a gold coin from inside the black bag by the door.
- “What is at the end of the sentence?” “Why do we have a comma?” “Why do we have a period?” “How do we know there is a new sentence?”
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