Day 1

Getting Started

Stuff You Need

  • A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan
  • alphabet cards (kit)
  • number cards (kit)

Things to Know

  • Vocabulary Word: herd -- a large group of animals that live together
  • Sight Word for the Unit: you

Ideas to Think About

  • What is the function of the alphabet?
  • Why is there a standard order for numbers and letters?
  • How does an animal's design aid in its survival?


  • With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. (LA)
  • Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text. (LA)
  • Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. (M)
  • When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. (M)
  • Compare characteristics of animals that make them alike and different from other animals and nonliving things. (S)
  • Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their structure, growth, changes, movement, and basic needs. (S)
  • Use globes and maps to locate land and water features. (SS)
  • Identify physical features (mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, roads, etc.). (SS)
  • Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger. (M)
Reading and Questions
Materials: A Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan
Show your child the front cover of the book and ask him to point to the title of the book. Explain that the title of a book is usually the words with the largest letters on the book's cover. The title often tells the reader what the book might be about.

Next, ask your child to point to the names of the author and illustrator. Ask him what an author does (writes books) and what a story illustrator does (draws the pictures for books). Read the book through in one sitting.

After reading the book, ask your child the following questions.
  1. What two animals talk in the story?
    The zebra and the musk ox.
  2. Why do you think we have the alphabet?
    It is the way we communicate written messages.
  3. What letter was your favorite in the book? Why?
    Answers will vary.