Children need guidance to learn the concepts of print. Each year, I begin our reading/writing program by providing my students with readers and class big books. They are perfect for guided reading groups and literacy groups.
The aim is to teach the following:
• What is a letter? What is a word? What is a sentence?
• Pointing to the words helps us to read (1:1 Correspondence)
• We read from left to right
• The parts of a book – front/back cover, spine
• What is an author? What is an illustrator?
• What is a title?
This pack includes:
• 1 x 'My Farm' class big book
• 1 x 'My Farm' reader
'My Farm' Reader
Having enough books is a common problem in the classroom and motivated me to create a series of emergent readers for my own students. The text is designed for beginning readers as it is simple and repetitive. The students use the pictures as clues to read the text.
Each student in my class has an Emergent Reader in their packs to read during ‘Read to Self’ time. I also use them in my Guided Reading sessions.
The books are easy to assemble – simply photocopy them, cut on the dotted line and staple together. I like to copy the front cover on colored paper.
'My Farm' Class Big Book
• Enlarge the book to A3.
• Read a book and talk about the phoneme/high frequency words we are learning that week (This is a…).
• Tell the students that we can be authors and illustrators. We are going to create our own book. The book has illustrations, but no words.
• We begin by looking at the front cover and I read the title ‘My Farm.’
• We ‘read the pictures’ and think of words that may match the pictures, for example, ‘This is a cat.’
• Tell the children that we are going to work co-operatively. Two students will be given a page (this book will allow for up to 26 students).
• Discuss how they may work together as a team.
• The children color it in and scribe the text to the teacher. The teacher talks to them about how many letters, words and sentences are on their page and record it in the box.
• Staple and ‘bind’ the book and read it as a whole class, celebrating team work.
You may also be interested in the following big books:
• CLass Big Book – I Like To
• CLass Big Book – What Goes Up?
• CLass Big Book – What Is In My Bag?
I also have other engaging readers to support students with their learning:
• Pets (Sight Words - and a)
• What Goes Up? (Sight Words - the is up)
• My Weather Book (Sight Words - it will be today)
• At The Zoo (Sight Words - we saw a)
• What Is Under The Sea? (Sight Words - I can see a)
• What Do You Like? (Sight Words - I like to)
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