Reflection: Shared Expectations Space Man! - Section 1: Why This Lesson?


Students NEED to know that words are separated by spaces in order to be able to read or write them.  Therefore, this lesson truly is a foundational step for students' learning.  One of the first things our students need to accomplish in kindergarten is working out their spacing!  With that being said, it is imperative that we teach lessons like this, detailing to students why and how spacing works!  This lesson can be taught in the whole group and then repeated in small groups or even to individuals as often as possible... but... what if they don't get it?

Sometimes, students cannot, for the life of them, remember that they need spaces when writing.  Here is how I have tackled that:
I have them re-write every word (with spaces), underneath or next to, their space-less writing
I have them write a word then draw a highlighter line, then write a word
I have them use their fingers as spacers and I color on their nails to make it obvious

  How this works and how to fix it (if it doesn't)...
  Shared Expectations: How this works and how to fix it (if it doesn't)...
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Space Man!

Unit 10: Reading Foundational Skills Lessons
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT understand that words are separated by spaces in print.

Big Idea: You can't make words if you don't have SPACE!

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