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Written By: Audrey Penn
Illustrated By: Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak











Page created by Darci Bergelin & Sarah Schultz
Concordia University Wisconsin
Reading Strategies: Fall 2009



The Kissing Hand is a book for children about a little raccoon named Chester who does not want to leave his mother in order to go to school. In this book, Mrs. Raccoon shares with Chester a secret to overcoming things we do not want to do. She tells her son about the secret of The Kissing Hand, something that her mother shared with her when she was young. In this heart-capturing story, Audrey Penn reminds us all of a way that we too can communicate I love you and overcome the things we do not want to do.




I. Anticipation Activities
A. Activity #1
  • Wisconsin Standard (A.4.1) Use Effective Reading Strategies to achieve their purposes in reading: Discern how written tests and accompanying illustrations connect to convey meaning

Before reading The Kissing Hand, the class and I would take a picture walk through the book together. Using the Web 2.0 Tool GoAnimate, we would look at the pictures of the book and predict what will happen in the story from the Picture Walk I created. Make sure to encourage the kids to make an educated guess and that all guesses are accepted. This brainstorming, prediction, and anticipation activity excites the kids to read the actual story. In addition, this anticipation activity allows the teacher to familiarize the students with what they will be reading as well as foster their imaginations. This technology link, allows the teacher to pause the activity whenever needed as well as display the idea of "walking" through the book.

GoAnimate.com: The Kissing Hand Picture Walk by SarahSchultz


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Some questions the teacher might want to ask during the picture walk are:
  1. After viewing the cover, what is your first guess about what this book is going to be about?
  2. What kind of animal do you see in the book pictures that are popping up? Are they all the same animal? If so, are they all the same size? If not, why are the sizes different?
  3. What is the raccoon doing in the daylight? How about in the nighttime?
  4. Why do you think this book has the title The Kissing Hand?


B. Activity #2
  • Wisconsin Standard (A.4.1) Use Effective Reading Strategies to achieve their purposes in reading: Comprehend reading by using strategies such as activating prior knowledge and making predictions

The second Anticipation Activity incorporates personal stories and testimonies from the students. In our book, Chester Raccoon is preparing to go off to school for the first time and does not want to leave his mother. The nervousness and anxiousness that Chester feels is common amongst Kindergarten through 4th graders as they learn to become independent of their parents especially in the context of a school setting. Therefore, we will activate a class VoiceThread recalling our memories of our first days at school. We can discuss our first day of Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade.

This VoiceThread is a beneficial way to incorporate technology and create text to self connections. The students will each be given time to add their segment. This activity can also be followed up in the consolidation section of the lesson. After reading the book, the Children could comment again about the similarities and differences between their first school experiences and Chester's first experience.



You make also view this tool by visiting The First Day of School Memories - Class VoiceThread




II. Building Knowledge Activities
A. Activity #1
  • Wisconsin Standard (A.4.1) Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading: Infer the meaning of unfamiliar words in the context of a passage by examining words, phrases and structures

Our class book is a challenge book that will be used during the first month of 2nd grade. This book is challenging because of the difficult vocabulary. Therefore, the class will complete this next Building your Knowledge Activity in order to boost vocabulary and overall comprehension of the literature they read.

The activity, created on Kidspiration, encapsulates recasting incorrect definitions of words and replacing incorrect definitions with new definitions. The activity is a diagram which requires each student to take the vocabulary list of seven words and first guess the definition, write the sentence they found the word in within the book, write the correct definition and use the correct definition in a sentence and finally symbolize the word with a drawing, icon or symbol.


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Created using Kidspiration


B. Activity #2
  • Wisconsin Standard (A.4.1) Use effective reading strategies to achieve their purposes in reading: Use a variety of strategies and word recognition skills, including rereading, and finding context clues

To create this next activity, I combined a website that I discovered online called SpellingCity.Com with a personalized Kidspiration creation. This activity allows the student to receive instructions on how to operate the website. The activity allows each student to hear the vocabulary words read aloud, see and hear then spelled, hear them spoken aloud again and finally used within a sentence. The child has the freedom to repeat words if necessary or repeat the entire list again. This user-friendly website does not require a username or password which allows the children to easily access the website at home for additional practice.

Once the student, has completed the Teach Me portion of the activity they can continue on to play a game that tests their ability to correctly match each word with the sentence provided. This website allows children to practice and try again. This website is especially beneficial because each student can set their own pace for mastering the vocabulary or spelling lists by allowing the slower learner to take their time and the faster learner to move onto another activity.

To begin this activity go to SpellingCity.Com and then follow the directions outlined in the Kidspiration below.



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III. Consolidation Activities
A. Activity #1
  • Wisconsin Standard (A.4.2) Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature: Summarize ideas drawn from stories, identifying cause-and-effect relationships while connecting different works to each other and to real-life experiences.

The first consolidation activity allows the child to make direct connections between the main character and their own lives. The interactive diagram listed below, allows the child to acknowledge Chesters' fears, important people in his life and coping mechanisms to handle separation. After the student acknowledges Chesters' fears they can highlight their own important people, fears and coping strategies. This activity allows the student to summarize those details of the story as well as connect those details to their personal life.

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Created using Kidspiration


B. Activity #2
  • Wisconsin Standard (A.4.2) Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature: Summarize ideas drawn from stories, identifying cause-and-effect relationships while connecting different works to each other and to real-life experiences.

In our story The Kissing Hand, Chester was able to carry his mom’s kisses around in the palm of his hand. While we too can carry kisses in the palms of our hands we also have other special ways of taking people with us.
In the Word Document attached, there is a frame decorated with school supplies. Draw a picture of yourself in the frame. When you are done drawing and coloring a picture of yourself in the frame, you will cut it out and give it to someone that is important to you and cannot be with you when you are at school! This frame will be just like the Kissing Hand that Chester took with him from his mother.

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