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Adapted from the Mr. Wiggles Book (that's out of print), book handling skills are taught through a read-aloud as Alph tells the story about what happened to his book.
In the read-aloud, Alph’s book gets dirty, torn, and tattered. At the end, Alph writes a letter to the boys and girls requesting that they all work together and treat books like their friends.
Teaching points include:
-Concepts of Print (cover, cover page, front of the book, back of the book, title, and author)
-Pass out copies of the book for children to practice book handling skills.
-Point to the page where to start reading.
-Model how to turn the pages from left to right.
-Model self-help skills about how to put the book back where it belongs.
-Demonstrate with examples and non-examples about how to take care of each page in the book as well as the cover and binding.
-Talk about Alph’s book and his letter. Extend the children’s ideas.
-Talk about their favorite part of the book.
-Practice taking care of books by publishing a book for every child to read in class and take home.
After reading the book aloud, place the book in the classroom library for independent reading. If the children need a reminder about how to treat books, reread Alph's Book.