Each day, we begin our literacy block at the classroom rug. The children gather on the rug in a circle. I tell the children that we are going to sing a classic song. Starting a lesson together in a lighthearted way draws the children into the lesson and helps to keep them interested.
Follow what I am doing. We will start by patting our laps with a simple beat and sing, "Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?" How many of you are familiar with this song? Since there are several children who do not know this song yet, when it is your turn, you need to choose the person to your left. Once everyone is more familiar with the song, I will allow you to choose whomever you care to choose.
We sing one round of the song, and then I move on to the procedure section of the lesson.
After singing our version of the song, "Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?", I read a version of the book to the class to see if they can follow along with what is happening. Teaching different variations of a story keeps the children thinking.
Children, I want you to watch for punctuation, because it helps control the meaning of the story. Listen to the title as if it did not have a question mark in it. Think about how if there wasn't a question mark at the end of the opening statement, it would sound more like there was a person named Who that had been caught stealing.
I also have made a chart with the song written, but all of the punctuation has been removed. Listen to how this sounds with all of the punctuation missing. Which way do they think sounded better, the first time or the second time. (Hopefully, they will say the way that the punctuation had been added.) So if it sounds better with the punctuation, we are going to try something new. On cookie patterns, I have written punctuation marks. I am going to ask for "volunteers" to look at the sentence and decide what punctuation mark is needed. Then you need to pick a cookie marked with the punctuation mark you think you need, and tape it to the end of the sentence to help make sense of the story.
We will read it through when all the sentences have been marked and make any changes that are necessary. I will remove the cookies and write the punctuation on a chart, but I will need your help to place the marked cookies into the right bags: question or statement bags.
Hopefully this reinforces all that has been taught about punctuation.
To keep on theme, the children will each illustrate a page with a picture of themselves with a cookie, and the in the writing section, they will write their names and mark the punctuation that is needed to make their story page complete. I will be observing as the children write to see which children understand the concept of punctuation versus those children that need more remediation. The book will be bound, and the children will get a chance to contribute to a class book for student to take home to share with their families.
Boys and girls, now that we have practiced our punctuation and the song, we are going to make a class book about "Who Stole the Cookies?" I would like to see how well you can use punctuation marks. Let's take a look at the worksheet. See where there are longer lines? That is where you will write your name. Where there are shorter lines, you will put either a period, question mark or exclamation mark. Does it matter which one you put in each spot? Remember it changes the meaning of the story if you do not put the right mark there. When you are done, we are going to put all of your pages together to make a book for our classroom library.