Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

My school uses the WONDERS curriculum for reading, and the book Mama is it Summer Yet is one of our weekly big books. The kids really like it because there is repetition so they can read along, and I really like it because of the interesting art work. The author and illustrator, Nikki McClure cuts out black paper to make the leaves and other designs. I thought it would be fun for the students to do this, but with their own twist.

I traced a picture of the the little boy (the main character) feeding his mother a berry. Then I let the kids decide what kind of berry they want to use and cut out leaves to cover the bottom of the paper. They also colored the boy’s swim trunks, the same way the illustrator often colored one article of his clothing.

When the students finished, they wrote the title of the book at the top of the paper and mounted it on black construction paper. I told the students to write the title in pencil and then run it by me. If the title was written correctly, I gave them a black sharpie to trace it with.

What You Need:

  • A copy of the boy and his mother
  • Black trips of paper, 8 1/2 inches long
  • Pink, red, blue, and green squares of paper for the berries and leaves
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper for mounting
  • Black Sharpie

*download the boy and his mother by swiping over MAMA IS IT SUMMER YET TRACING AND CUTTING

mama-is-it-summer-yet-tracing-and-cutting

COMMON CORE:

RL.K.1

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

 

Build the Alphabet

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I started doing this letter building activity this year, and the kids love it! It’s definitely a challenge for my approaching-level students, but I find it to be a great opportunity for the students to help each other.

There are shapes to build each letter, upper and lowercase. Kids get practice cutting and gluing and it also helps with organizational skills. My students glue the letters onto a “letter monster” worksheet, but I have also asked students to glue them in interactive notebooks.

I print the letter shapes on card stock so they’re easier to cut.

*head to my teachers pay teachers page to download the product.

Build the Alphabet TPT

COMMON CORE

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.