Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Watermelon Literacy {Freebie}

What an exciting launch! Now that you've met everyone I thought I'd share this early literacy FREEBIE with you! It was on my blog a few weeks back, but since we're all making new friends here you might not have seen it!

This summer I'm co-leading a summer literacy group for students 5-8. Our group is a mixed bag of pre-readers and readers. We have children with Down syndrome, Autism and language disorders. Our focus this summer is mostly skills such as segmenting syllables, rhyming and letter ID.

To make that work, I'm playing with watermelons! This freebie is a group activity where the group can chant the Watermelon rhyme. Then let the kiddos take turns grabbing watermelons from a bag and determining how many syllable parts are included. Clap it, tap it or heck 'chomp it' to give your students the multisensory experience!

You can grab my Watermlon Syllable Counting Activity for free on TpT. 

We followed up with Raffi's  Down By The Bay. I have it in my iTunes account, which is only a little bit embarrassing when it comes on over the Bluetooth in my car. After we sing this a few times, we will make our own class book with this TpT freebie I found"Down by the Bay Book Freebie". With a focus on segmenting and rhyme throughout the first week we should have a better idea where our students are starting from!

My co-worker Meghan even made up these adorable watermelon crafts! I bet you can't guess what we had for snack! 

Enjoy the freebie and make sure you leave feedback if you take it! What are you up to this summer?!


  1. Very cute! I'm heading over to download this right now! I'm new to the blogging world of educators (but not to blogging!) and I am about to re-enter the classroom as a Resource Room Specialist after a 5-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. My, how things have changed since I left teaching. But this old dog can new learn tricks and I'm so excited to see technology used not only by students but by the teachers themselves!!! Thanks for participating on this collaborative effort! Hugs

    1. Thanks Valerie! Welcome back! Technology is one of my favorite things to incorporate into my lessons. Fun for the teachers AND the kids!

  2. Adorable! Thank you so much for the freebie. I'm wanting to find more things to do with my small groups this year. This is perfect for when we learn about word parts! Thank you!

    Teaching with Grace

  3. Thanks, Jenna! I will definitely be using this for tutoring this summer.

    The Eager Teacher
    A Special Sparkle


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