How to use Oliver Poons for Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat: Worksheets and Activities were designed for differentiated instruction. Activities span Pre-K through Grade 2 and are aligned with the Language Arts Curriculum.
Suggested Lesson Plans and Modifications by Activity
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- Coloring Activities
- Alphabet Recognition
- Alphabet Writing Practice
- Question Prompts
- Fill in the Blank
- Short Vowels
- Group Discussion
- Letters to Characters
- Animal Facts
Workbook pages 1-3 can be used as a fun coloring activity, suitable for children of any level or ability.
Pages 4-6 can be used for identifying colors and following specific directions.
Page 7 of our workbook can be used for assessment of upper and/or lowercase letters, or letter sounds.
Pages 8-33 can be used for letter identification, letter formation, handwriting, reading Fry words (sight words), writing Fry words, or sentence writing.
Workbook pages 35-37 can be done orally, with a partner, or individually.
The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How question prompts (p. 45-91) can be done orally or as writing prompts. They can be used as pre/post writing samples to show growth.
There are a wide variety of question types included, and each question group is on a page for the teacher/parent (i.e. all 12 Who Question Prompts are listed to choose from). Additionally, each question is then on a separate page and ready to be copied for use by the student.
The prompts can easily be differentiated and different prompts can be given to different students based on instructional need and ability.
For students with limited writing skills, the prompts can be cut up and pasted on drawing paper. Students can draw their response and tell about it and/or write a sentence about their picture.
Use workbook pages 43-44 to address students comprehension of Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat.
Short vowel worksheets (p. 38-42) can be done orally, in written format, with a partner, or for homework review.
Workbook pages 92-93 on opinion can be done orally and lend themselves to group discussion, as does the Similarities and Differences worksheet on page 95.
Sequencing on page 96 can be cut into strips and pasted in the correct order, with a picture.
The First, Then, Next, Last activity on page 97 can also utilize a picture format and can be cut and pasted on a drawing paper.
The Letters to Characters activities on pages 99-101 can be shared by students after they are written. They can then be compared and contrasted or used as a cute bulletin board.
The Fun Cat Facts and Fun Turtle Facts (p. 103-106) can be used as an anticipation guide before reading Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat. The true/false questions can be used for a fun test of prior knowledge.
Another way to use this information would be for the students to listen to the teacher read the information sheet and then do the true/false questions.
Or, students can complete the true/false Fun Facts and then use the information sheet to self correct their work. Students can work with a partner.