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Building Literacy in a Collaborative Classroom: Toys and Play

Each module is approximately 6-8 weeks of instruction broken into 3 units. The "week at a glance" chart in the curriculum map gives the big picture, breaking down the module into a detailed week-by-week view. It shows how the module unfolds, the focus of each week of instruction, and where the six assessments and the performance task occur.

Weeks 1–2 Unit 1: Engaging in Close Read-Aloud: Learning to Play with Others

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Building background knowledge: What can we do to make playing together fun?
  • Closely reading Llama Llama Time to Share
  • Developing language by exploring classroom toys
  • Developing classroom commitments for playing together
  • Shared Writing: Letter Back to the Principal
  • Individual Writing and Drawing: Commitments for playing together
  • RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, W.K.2, SL.K.1

Unit 1 Assessment: Responding to Text through Thinking about Illustrations and Speaking (RL.K.1, RL.K.7, SL.K.1)

Weeks 3–4 Unit 2: Speaking and Listening: Becoming Toy Experts

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Developing language by sorting and exploring attributes of classroom toys
  • Focused reading of informational text Attributes of  Toys
  • Shared Writing: Toy riddles
  • Focused reading of Toys Galore
  • Individual Writing and Drawing: Classroom Toys
  • Structured Discussion: What classroom toy do I prefer? Why do I prefer that classroom toy?
  • Individual Writing: Classroom toy preferences
  • RI.K.1, RI.K.4, W.K.1, W.K.2, SL.K.1, SL.K.4, L.K.1, L.K.1f, L.K.5, L.K.5a, L.K.5c, L.K.6
  • Unit 2 Assessment: Writing about the Classroom Toys We Prefer (W.K.1)

Weeks 5–6 Unit 3: Writing to Show Our Learning: Toys Our Classmates Prefer

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Closely reading Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon
  • Closely reading Playing with Friends
  • Creating and writing about a handmade toy
  • Interviewing a classmate about a preferred classroom toy
  • Individual Writing and Drawing: Classmate’s preferred toy
  • Performance task and celebration
  • RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.K.4, RL.K.7, W.K.2, W.K.8, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.1d, L.K.1f, L.K.2, L.K.2c, L.K.2d, L.K.5, L.K.5a, L.K.5b, L.K.6
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Speaking and Listening: Interviewing a Classmate about a Favorite Classroom Toy (W.K.8, SL.K.3)
  • Performance Task: Informational Writing: Describing a Classmate’s Toy Preference (W.K.2, W.K.8, L.K.2c, L.K.2d)

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