This resource is a complement for the small book titled Visiting Petra, Jordan. This file is intended to be projected onto the classroom board for guided reading. This style was used in my classroom to encourage kids to come up to the board and read a page to the class. This activity quickly added confidence to all beginning readers. It also was a way to have children take responsibility for independent reading. As a result, each child was given a small book of their own for reading practice. When it was time to read to the class, most kids were successful as they used their "magic" finger as they pointed to each word being read. I demanded that each child use an index finger and point and read at the same time. This showed me that each child was using word to sound correspondence. Their reading fluency improved dramatically. This type of reading is great to do phonics and phonemic awareness activities. They can be short activities, but give all kids opportunity to use their knowledge of sounds when reading. Good luck when everyone gets back in the classrooms.
Alberto Gutierrez (retired Kindergarten teacher)
Visiting Petra, Jordan text:
- Walking into Petra, Jordan. (info: It is a long walk to reach the main carvings.)
- This is what you see just after the entrance to the Petra area. (info: Petra is a dry place with few plants or trees.)
- People may rent horses, camels, or donkeys for the long trip.
- As you begin walking, you will see many interesting carvings.
- There are many carvings into the rocks. You will see caves.
- You will see many carved cubes. They are huge rocks. (info: There are many of these cubes carved out of the rocks.)
- You will see many caves. Ancient people used to live in the caves.
- Behind the camel is a cave that is used by people today. (info: one cave had a door with a lock.)
- Some carvings were as tall as a tall building. This one had caves. (info: This is seen only a few minutes from the entrance into Petra. Amazing big carvings. It was like a tall building.)
- Many local people still live around Petra. Want to rent a horse? (info: These men rent out horses. That is how they make money.)
- A long time ago, this carving may have been someone’s home or business. (info: It was clear that this carving could have been used as a home. Perhaps, it was a home and a little store, too?)
- Let’s begin the real journey toward the center of ancient Petra.
- The walls of the mountain in this gully are huge. (info: Dot is a person.)
- After an hour of walking, you can see the prize between the rocks. (info: This is where the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed.)
- At Petra, this carving into the mountain is called the Treasury. (info: Treasury is fabulous.)
- At first glance, the Treasure takes your breath away. It is stunning! (info: See the people sitting on the steps? They look so small next to the Treasury. There is a small room behind the pillars.)
- After the Treasury, you will see more amazing sights leading to the Monastery.
- There are so many ancient carvings into the mountains. (info: Petra was a large city in ancient times. Many people lived there.)
- After a long climb up the mountain, the next prize is the Monastery!
- Petra is a special place to visit. Plan to spend an entire day! (info: Even ancient Roman ruins are found in Petra.
- The End