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Remote Learning Guidance - Kindergarten

How to Deliver Daily Instruction in Remote or Hybrid Teaching Environments

The coronavirus pandemic means that schools are having to reimagine instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Many schools are delivering part or all their instruction virtually. We want to help ensure that students continue to receive the high quality literacy instruction. We have created sample videos and a template that adjust the standard Letterland lessons for a virtual environment. Instruction has been divided into two main types, live and self-paced. Every lesson should contain both types.

Whole Group - Live Instruction (10-15 mins daily)

Independent Practice (15-30 mins daily)

Small Group - Live or Recorded Instruction (10-30 mins as needed)

5 Day Unit Plan at-a-glance

Physical Resources

*Notes on Sharing Material:

You can share TGTR resources with your students on a platform such as Google Classroom/Seesaw. You can also make your own videos to share within your school - but not on public platforms. Please observe all copyright regulations. If in doubt, please contact [email protected].

 

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What do I need?

Introduction to Remote Learning

  • Set-up ideas
  • How to teach remotely
  • Resources - how to access them
  • Phonics Online - what's included to make your life easier!

Lesson 4 (Fast Track)

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Whole Group - Live Instruction (10-15 mins daily)

Introduce the Concept

  • Use a video-conferencing tool read the blue text in the Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide, Volume 1 or show the characters story in the Phonics Online Meet the Letterlanders area to introduce each Letterlander.
  • Use the Sounds Trick to illustrate the Letterlander’s sound.
  • Show the Vocabulary Cards for each Letterlander and ask students to repeat the sentence. Students will likely be muted for the activity, but should still repeat the statements at home. Note: The Letterland Word Cards are an alternative resource that can be used more easily with a document camera. They are small vocabulary cards with 3 simple words per a-z sound.

Word Sort

  • Using a document camera, place Letter Sound Cards so they can be seen by the students. Then, hold up a Beginning Sound Pictures card, name the picture and ask students to give you a thumbs up when you have placed it under the correct Letterlander. Then, either you or a student can lead the group through the Alphabet Line with the students repeating at home, muted.
  • Alternately, using the ask students to cut out the pictures and sort them under the correct letter themselves.
  • If you do not have a document camera, use Picture Code Cards and Vocabulary Cards on a board.

Order Please!

  • Use a video-conferencing tool, say a sound and students hold up the correct sound to the screen using Little Letter Cards. Teacher confirms by holding up the correct PCC.
  • Students could also do the Action Trick if it has been taught.
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Review - Quick Dash

  • Use a video-conferencing tool for live instruction and follow the instructions in the Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide, Volume 1 except teachers should say the character name and sound with the children since they will be most likely be muted.
  • Alternately, teachers could use the Phonics Online Cards Tool feature where every Quick Dash lesson is pre-programed.

Lesson 31 (Munching Mike's Sound)

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Whole Group - Live Instruction (10-15 mins daily)

Use a video conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and/or a document camera to introduce the new character to students.

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Independent Practice (15-30 mins daily)

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Small Group - Live or Recorded Instruction (10-30 mins as needed)

Kindergarten Sound & Shape Activity SheetDownload the Sound & Shape Activity Sheet for your lesson (Munching Mike’s is lesson 31-32) and then upload to your district’s digital platform or send home in a paper packet. With a learning helper, have the children name the things in the picture that start with his sound then color them.

Find and ColorWith a learning helper, have the children name the things in the picture that start with his sound then color them.

Beginning Sound SortUse a video-conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and/or a document camera to play Munching Mike’s Meal Game. Hold up a Beginning Sounds Picture and if it starts with Munching Mike’s Sound, the children should give a thumbs up. If not, they should make a thumbs down.

Choose from the Small Group Intervention Activities on pages 192-218 as needed to provide additional strategic practice.

Quick Dash Follow the directions in the Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide, Vol 1 (page 233). Say the character, sound and letter name with students to ensure a correct model and because you can’t hear their response. Do the same with the Sounds Race. Use the Phonics Online Cards Tool where every Quick Dash and Sounds Race lesson is pre-progamed.

Introduce the Character’s Sound, Action and SongIntroduce Munching Mike to students by doing the following activities:

  • Listen & Think
  • Letter Name and Sound
  • Sounds Trick to stretch out his sound, then Mike’s Alphabet Song and his Action Trick.

Picture Code the new LetterlanderPicture Code Munching Mike using the visual reference on the page.

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Lesson 32 (Munching Mike's Shape)

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Whole Group - Live Instruction (10-15 mins daily)

Use a video conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and/or a document camera to introduce the new character to students.

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Independent Practice (15-30 mins daily)

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Small Group - Live or Recorded Instruction (10-30 mins as needed)

Kindergarten Sound & Shape Activity Sheet
Download the Sound & Shape Activity Sheet for your lesson (Munching Mike’s is lesson 31-32) and then upload to your district’s digital platform or send home in a paper packet.  

My Letterland Reading Booklet
Use a video-conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and/or a document camera and follow the directions for this activity in the lesson. Access the My Letterland Reading Booklet.

Choose from the Small Group Intervention Activities on pages. 192-218 as needed to provide additional strategic practice.

Guess Who?Follow the directions on p. 234 of the Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide, Volume 1, but since the students will be muted, ask them to give the Action Trick when they repeat the sound. Then, when they say the Letterlander name, they can also write it down and show it to the camera.

Letter ShapesIntroduce Munching Mike’s shape and his capital letter to students by doing the following activities. Find songs in Phonics Online Meet the Letterlanders area.

  • Handwriting Song while air-tracing
  • Capital Letter Trick

Rainbow WriteRainbow write his letter shape while listening to his Handwriting Song. Find songs in Phonics Online Meet the Letterlanders area.

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Lesson 76 (Blending & Segmenting with ch)

Whole Group - Live Instruction (10-15 mins daily)

Use a video-conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and/or a document camera to practice blending and segmenting skills with students as well as introduce key digraphs. Focus on the following 3 elements:

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Independent Practice (15-30 mins daily)

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Small Group - Live or Recorded Instruction (10-30 mins as needed)

Sounds Race
Create a card stack and upload to your district’s digital platform. Direct students to go through the stack until they think they have them all correct. You can ask them to record themselves for one round. (Ideally want this to be Phonics Online QD)

Phonics Online Games (Letter Sounds & Shapes, Blending and Segmenting)

Phonics Games Skills Focus: Ask students to play the games specific to the digraph / spelling patterns introduced in the Whole Group Live instruction. Go to the + sign at the top of the map and then choose the skills focus required.

Phonics Games Learning Journey: Continue on your learning journey through Letterland.

Phonics Readers

Phonics Readers: Find the reader that focusses on the spelling pattern of the lesson or previous lesson and enjoy the reading the story.

Blending and Segmenting Activities

Other downloadable resources include the ‘Little Letter Cards’ that can be printed and cut up to build words. Blend the sounds together to read words, or say a word and segment the sounds. A Word List of potential words to build can be downloaded also.

In later lessons, the are Decodable Booklets, Word Cards, Written Word Sorts and Sentence Practice that can be found in the Teacher Toolkit.

Use a video-conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom, Webex) and/or a document camera and follow the directions for this activity in the lesson.

Choose from the Small Group Intervention Activities on pages 192-218 as needed to provide additional strategic practice.

Guess Who?Follow the directions on page 234 of the Kindergarten Teacher’s Guide, Volume 1, but adjust the strategy for more complex graphemes. Now, students should write the letter that makes the sound you have called. In some cases, like /k/, they should write all three ways to make the sound. They can hold up their writing to the screen or submit it later. You can use the Phonics Online Cards Tool to play pre-programed Guess Who? or Quick Dash lessons.

Introduce the DigraphFocus on the sound and story that can be found in the Phonics Online Meet the Letterlanders area. Encourage students to listen to the story and the song during independent practice if time is tight with Phonics Online.

Word BuildingPocket Chart Reading with approximately 5 words. You can also use the Phonics Online Cards Tool Word Building feature with pre-programmed cards to build and blend words.

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