This “Reading Train” product is a kid-friendly and eye-catching addition to any balanced literacy primary grade program. Display the train engine (your choice of 6 solid color backgrounds (green, yellow, orange, and 3 turquoise choices-for some reason I couldn’t get the turquoise example to look the way I wanted, so I included all 3, confident that one of the 6 examples would fit into your classroom décor!) in a space where you’ll have plenty of room to add train cars as you read aloud a ton of great children’s literature this year! In my first grade classroom, I placed the train above our Word Wall and told the kids that we would try to make the train go around the entire “perimeter of our classroom”- a little math thrown in! Each time you read a book, fill in one of the train cars (blackline master provided). These can either be run on white paper and decorated by your students, or run on colored paper with or without embellishment. The display is attractive in and of itself, but can also be a useful reference for any kind of literacy skill you’re working on…Teaching “character”? Refer to the books and talk about the characters and how the authors helped you to get to know these characters. Story structure? Review the similarities and differences in plots that are familiar. Looking for reading/writing connections? Have your students write about any number of story elements or themes you have discussed throughout the year.
I didn’t use clipart for the train engine, but chose to draw free-hand and color in the train with colored pencil, adding some marker, glitter, and scrapbook embellishments. I cut out the engine, and then set it on several different scrapbook page colors and textures and photographed the completed project. I wanted a kid-friendly, kind of “non-perfect” artsy look, so you will notice some uneven coloring and some blurry edges-a heads up for those of you who prefer a clean, geometrical look, this is probably not a style you’d like. As always, if you aren’t happy with this product for any reason, please let me know and I’ll do my best to correct what you don’t like-happy customers are very important to me!
Thanks for looking. Please add feedback-I truly am interested in what my colleagues have to say as I continue to design classroom materials!
Thank you to Mycutegraphics.com for the adorable clipart on the cover of this product!
Balanced Literacy Literature Read Aloud Train Bulletin Board Display
by Amy Bratsos
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