A few weeks ago, I ordered TONS of unicorn books thinking we would have a unicorn week in my classroom. Obviously, Coronavirus shutdowns happened and so that didn’t happen. But I wanted to make the best of it by creating these Thelma the Unicorn book activities to share with you!
This unit is a sample of my Little Readers Kindergarten reading curriculum and it contains all the parts of one of those units (see more here), but I wanted to make sure any of my K-2 friends could use this unit for distance learning. That’s why I differentiated every writing activity included for your kiddos.
Everything is included for you except the book!
Close Reading Lesson Plans
These lesson plans contain everything you need to teach phonemic awareness, shared reading, a close read lesson, independent practice, and vocabulary.
Phonemic Awareness for Kindergarten
This free unit contains a week of phonemic awareness lessons that focus on segmenting words into sounds and counting the phonemes. If you are not teaching this skill, you can easily switch this out for your current skills and save this for later.
Shared Reading / Poetry
This Thelma the Unicorn unit contains an original unicorn poem for shared reading. There is a teacher version, a black and white version, and two styles for a poetry notebook or binder.
A paper emergent reader version of the poem is also included. I like to have my students add this to their book boxes so that they can read it all week! Then they take it home to read to their families.
Thelma the Unicorn Activities
This week you will use the book Thelma the Unicorn for a close read model. That means, you will read the book for the first 2 days and then reference it the other 3 days. You will use the same book to practice different skills.
On day one, students will make predictions and then see if their predictions were correct. As you can see in the picture above, each independent response page is differentiated for K-2 in this unit.
On day two, students can practice retelling the story. There are large picture cards included for you to put in order together. Then, students will use the smaller cards to practice retelling the story with a partner.
Students will also practice retelling the story independently. They can do this by either simply gluing the pictures in order or gluing the pictures in order and then writing what happened.
In this story, there are two problems. Students will discuss what they were and how the main character solved them.
You have the option on day five to read “The Return of Thelma the Unicorn” and compare her experiences to her experiences in the first book. This is not necessary, but it will help you meet the CCSS RL.K.9 and RL.1.9.
Thelma the Unicorn Craft
Students will love making this adorable unicorn craft! They can make just the unicorn head, or use it as a topping to their “Uniquely Me” writing:
Students will write about why they are unique. They can give a variety of answers for this!
Kindergarten Vocabulary Activities
This unit focuses on four vocabulary words from the book. Picture cards and motion cards are included for each word. There are also activities for 5 days worth of vocabulary activities.
Unicorn Directed Drawing
Your students can draw Thelma the Unicorn! This free unit contains visual step-by-step directions to draw a unicorn.
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Thelma the Unicorn Book Activities
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