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The Big Green Monster Teaches Phonics in Reading and Writing

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Gerard

Maureen Gerard

Phoenix, Arizona


International Literacy Association


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Sarah Goddard

October 22, 2015

A wonderful lesson from one of my former teachers! I am so thrilled to find this!


Laura Perry

July 04, 2011

The lesson is awesome and all of the activities foster literacy. The one comment I would make that tagging this lesson as a Phonics lesson is a little misleading. In all of your information, including the activities themselves, Phonics seems to play a minor role rather than a major role. Although similar, Phonemic Awareness is not Phonics. Most assuradely the children are using their Phonics skills to decode the story; I wouldn't necessarily change the lesson, I might just change the tags.


Evelyn Saenz

January 16, 2011

I loved your idea of having the children create their own color word cards for the Go Away, Big Green Monster Literacy Center. I used to make dozens of decks of cards for children when I taught Spanish but it always seemed that I was learning more than they were. When I switched to having them make the cards it was amazing how much more they retained.

I hope you don't mind but I have added a link to this article on my Go Away Big Green Monster Unit Study page.



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