February is one of my favorite teaching months. There’s a looming excitement of a day off to honor presidents. February also offers about a million special days such as Groundhog Day, 100th day, President’s day, and Valentine’s Day, which means that there’s never a dull moment or a lack of subject matter to make school interesting! Plus, tenderness of the student love notes is beautifully timed to heal the fractured nerves of evaluation season. Let’s take a good look at all things literacy in February!
Literacy in February
Let’s dive into all things literacy and check out the fun ways to engage students in learning! The purpose of the lit kit is to provide teacher with an all in one resource that covers the multitude of literacy standards in ways that teaching and learning fun! These kits come in kinder, first, and second grades!
The Lit Log
Let’s start with the literacy notebook! A literacy notebook provides a record of learning for ELA! Whether it is reading response, phonics application, story elements, or writing skills, the lit log can be your literacy companion in many different ways! Use it in a literacy rotation, as a reading response activity, or as a phonics follow-up! (examples below from K,1, & 2)
I Can Posters
For each grade level, there are I CAN posters to help you stay on track and post learning objectives.
Each lit kit K, 1, and 2, comes with 10 literacy centers. These literacy centers can be used in different ways. You can teach them as a mini-lesson at the rug to introduce new standards. You can use them in small group to enhance your guided reading instruction, or you can put them in independent literacy stations for students to work on during guided reading. (examples below from K,1, & 2)
This center is really like having three in one! Students write the correct vowel team on the word with dry erase marker.
Second graders write the correct prefix before the root words
Readers must match the sentence to the picture. Reading for meaning!
I love having fun ways to practice sight words! Sight word bingo!
This fun kinder center has students spinning to find the correct envelope, and then tracing and reading a sight word!
Story Elements and Teaching Posters
All three levels of the lit kit also come with teaching posters to help you teach the concepts that are included in that month’s lit kit! Use these posters in your mini-lessons and display them to help students anchor to the learning.
Stuck in a rut with comprehension questions during your guided reading groups?
Story sticks help you flawlessly integrate comprehension in both guided reading stories and read-aloud stories during your day. I mean sometimes pulling a heart stick can make answering a comprehension question just about the best part of the day. And let’s hear it for not having to think of another question to ask in reading response! Whew! It’s done and it’s adorably effective. Reading response is another big focus in the lit kit. No matter the story, there’s a reading response sheet that can be used in whole group or in a station activity. This makes responding to reading fun and seasonally engaging!
February Lit Kits
You can take a look at the lit kit for your grade level by clicking your grade level below!