Sheep in a Jeep Lesson
A lesson using Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, focusing on rhyming words.
Plan: Page Contents
Background Info for the Teacher TOP
These are the things I did with my second-semester kindergarten class. We had just started focusing on rhyming words, and this book really helped it "sink in" for kids who were having trouble with the concept.
Here's the little book at Amazon.com
|The kids LOVE this book. It meets every standard of a good shared
reading book. It can stand up to repeated shared readings because
it is funny, has rhyming and predictable text, and has rich illustrations.
With the first reading, the kids can even complete some of the sentences,
and after reading it several times, the kids don't say, "Oh, why are we
reading THAT book again??" |
Shared Readings TOP
You'll need the big book edition for shared reading.
Before the First Reading
We examined the cover of the book and the children noted the road, grass, jeep,
sheep, etc. We took a picture walk before we read any of the text--we looked
at the pictures (throughout the book) and discussed what they saw happening.
Then we read through the book without interruption--except for the kids' pointing
out the funny details like the pigs' tattoos, etc. :)
We noted that "sheep" and "jeep" are special words -- they rhyme! I challenged
the class to find the other rhyming words in the book as we read it this time.
I followed up with the rhyme chart. (See more info under rhyming activities.)
We focused on rhymes for more than one day as we made a rhyme chart and sheep
rhymes, so I stopped to let the kids fill in rhyming words as we read. After several
readings, all I really had to do was point to the words and they read them.
Using familiar text to teach skills TOP
Vocabulary: cheap, steep, steer
There was some vocabulary in the book my kids weren't familiar with. For
example, we were able to discuss the meanings of cheap, steep, and steer (as in,
the driver forgot to steer!)
High Frequency Word: in
On the last day, we went through the book page by page to find the word "in."
I only had 5-6 students come forward to point out the words. However, I
didn't follow up with anything for the whole class, so most of them don't recognize
that word. Next time, to give them independent practice, I could copy parts
of the text (onto sentence strips or into a kid-sized book, etc.) and have the
kids highlight "in." They could also find the word in magazines, etc.
Rhymes are abundant in this book! Read on for our rhyming activities.
Phonemic Awareness - Rhyming TOP
Make a Rhyme Chart
I wrote the word "sheep" and drew a picture of a sheep. The class volunteered
words to add to the chart that rhyme with sheep. I separated "eap" words
by writing them in a different column. After writing with the class, each
student chose "eep, eap" words to copy on their sheep paper. We had several
so they just chose the ones they wanted, but most wanted to write them all.
They then read me each word, as we looked at the beginning sound to help figure
Make a Class Rhyming Book
We looked at the rhyme chart, and I helped the class find rhyming words that could
be put together into a phrase or sentence about sheep. Most of them are
found in the book already, for example:
"Sheep in a Jeep"
You could make a LOT of sentences with those rhyming words, but we stuck with
these three simple ones to make a book of sheep rhymes. Each child chose
a sheep rhyme to write (using the sentences/phrases that were created using the
rhyme chart). Then, construction paper, cotton balls, and other materials
were provided for illustrating their words. My children used red construction
paper for the jeep, added details using other colors of construction paper, and
added cotton ball sheep. Most added other details to the background by drawing
them in with markers. The artwork was adorable, especially the sheep that
were drawn sleeping in their beds.
Share the Sheep Rhymes & Illustrations
The next day, when all the sheep pictures were dry, the kids shared their illustrations
and sheep rhymes by reading them to the class. Each page was hung in the
hallway for a while, then bound into two books for use in the classroom.
(Since the cotton balls made it thick, I made "Sheep Rhymes: Part 1" and
"Part 2.") Each page was reinforced and paper punched in the upper corner,
then put together with a metal ring.
Make a Sheep Rhyme Manipulative
Here's a sheep reproducible
-- it may need to be enlarged after you print it.
Letter size paper - I reproduced several copies of a sheep with a space then
"e e p." I used an exacto knife to cut slits where the space was.
Legal size paper - I reproduced several copies of beginning sounds (sh, d, b,
p, k. sl) for eep words on legal size paper. I then cut them into strips.
I had drawn stop signs at each end of the strips. (Wow! d, p, b -
major confusion most kids at this stage.)
I showed the kids how to insert their strip and fold the ends so it wouldn't pull
all the way through. There were enough kids who caught on to help the rest
of the class assemble their sheep. Then, they could practice saying the
beginning sound before "eep" and read them to their parents at home!
Integrating other curricular areas TOP
Next year, I hope to add more cross-curricular activities. We were able
to check out a video from the library and view real baby sheep. That was
about the extent of it. Of course, this could go along with a theme on farm
animals, or March (comes in like a lion, and goes out like a LAMB!)
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Other Submitted Ideas
We use Sheep in a Shop to practice "sh"
We write on the board "Sheep in a ___________________. Then children raise their hand and offer ideas. It is such fun.
Modifications occur leading to ideas like.... Sheep get the shivers. Sheep get shaved. Sheep in a shoe store. Sheep shrink.
Since we have 6, 7 and 8 year olds in our class we allowed a choice of extension. The kids chose between making a picture poster (detailed and colorful) writing a poem or writing a new version of the story. Our list of ideas had more than 40 options. Kids are still adding to it during morning exploration time. Lately they have started to seek out the dictionary.
I teach preschool special education kids. I have developed several activities centering around Sheep In A Jeep
With our kids the trick is getting them to listen and focus on the pages, and perhaps repeat key words.
Nondisabled children will ask for a favorite book over 100 times, but our kids often lack the language to do so. For this reason, favorite books are read many times. This means creative follow up activities are needed.
I have extended the book by sitting kids in laundry baskets with cut out steering wheels. We "drive" our jeeps making driving sounds. We also practice "concepts" such as get in the jeep, get out of the jeep, behind the jeep to push, etc... The best part, of course, is when our jeeps fall over and we are sheep in a jeep in a heap.
Hope this gives someone else ideas.