Retelling stories with a puppet show twist!
Our guest reader, Officer Mike even shared a few magic tricks!
We put together a "magic carpet" (foam letter mat), climb aboard, and fly to the Land of Letters. When we arrive we search for letters needing help. We have 4-5 characters in different places on the campus with a problem. For example, Rosie the Robot has rusted in the river and she needs her rivets oiled. The students help the characters and then go to the "Rescue Center" (our school library) where we have a party to celebrate the beginning of our Journey in The Land of Letters. After the launch, the characters visit our classroom one at a time, engage the students in sound specific dialogue, and teach them the letter name, sound, and action. We typically have 1-2 characters per week, going in order of frequency instead of alphabetical order. After the character leaves, the students work in their Land of Letters journals and practice the sound and action. Most letters also include either an activity or a craft. The students LOVE the Land of Letters! The best part is that we launch it during our storytelling unit. It is fabulous learning engagement that adds value to the unit and continues the inquiry beyond the official end of the unit. Below are pictures from our visit with Susie and Sally the Sizzling Sausage Sisters. They sizzled savory sausages in the sunshine for students. It was sensational! I bet you can guess what letter we learned!
Next week Ping and Pong will be visiting. We have convinced a few fun teachers on campus to don afro wigs and 80's sweatbands for a powerful ping pong playoff. We will have popcorn while they play. I can't wait!!
For your freebie today, I am going to give you the letter "S" pages from The Land of Letters journal. If you would like the entire journal, please visit my TpT store! It will be discounted to $4.00 for the next week (CLICK HERE). To download your freebie, just click on the picture below.