Finger Walking (Reading the Phone Book)

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I hesitated putting this activitiy on TpT because you have to have your own phone books. You will have to program your phones with names, phone numbers, and addresses. It does not take long to do that.

Two or three years ago, when my district required all first graders to take the basal assessments at the end of each unit, I noticed that children had to know how to read the phone book. It was only mentioned once in the basal and there was maybe one workbook page that addressed phone books. Therefore, I made an activity so that kids could practice once in a while before taking the test. At first, I used my city phone books. They were small, but still too large to manage for young students. This activity did not work well with low level students.

I struck gold when I was visiting my mother. She lives in a tiny town in Kansas. I needed to use her phone book and discovered how tiny it was. It has no more than 25 pages. The print was larger than mine and the spacing was wider. I knew that Mom saved her books for years, so I took her old phone books. Therefore, I revised this activity, using these tiny books. Now most kids can do this activity with ease.

If you live in a rural area, you might already have some. You can ask parents, grandparents, and friends to give you their old books. You can order them from AT&T at 1-866-329-7118. If you are ordering your local directory, there will be no charge. You might be able to get AT&T to donate some. Just tell them you are a teacher. Don't order area directories, such Northeast Oklahoma. They are too big. Ask for very small town books. When you call, you will find that AT&T publishes for 21 states. You don't have to live in a particular state to get a phone book. Other companies publish tiny books, too. (Pioneer)

The Common Core Standards for first and second grades are exactly the same:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI. 1.5 or 2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

You can integrate the following Language Arts skills:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2a Capitalize dates and names of people.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2a Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.

I always was picky with correct capitalization when using the worksheets.

I took all the phone numbers and names off the telephone receivers and phones because they will not work with your phone books. You will have to program the phones to match your books. I have more worksheets, but they are specifically for my phone books, so I just included the two generic worksheets.

There are two activities that I used with these phones.

Activity One:

Center Activity & Small Groups

1. Look up the name on the receiver in the phone book.
2. Find the phone numbers.
3. Match the name on the receivers to the number on the phones.
4. Keep the phone book for the worksheets

Activity Two for Clickers:

Whole Group and Small Groups
Students work in pairs

1. Use receivers with addresses rather than names.

2. Program your clickers with the following questions:

•What is the address of (person’s name)? or What is the phone number of (person’s name)?
•Program three choices and answers.

3. Kids work in pairs to look up the name. They match the addresses on the receiver and the phone number on the phone.

4. Children put their answers in the clickers. Each person uses his/her own clicker, so the each child will have their separate score, even though they work in pairs.

5. You can program the clickers to give instant feedback, which kids love.

6. This activity takes time the first time the kids play. I would suggest that you limit the number of questions to five or six.

This activity has 14 pages. There is a title page, two pages for directions, one sample phone, 15 phones, and two worksheets. The phones can be programmed the any way you like.

I made ten phones for both activities, but I found that with the clickers, I needed to cut it down to 6 six phones. I wanted this activity to be really quick. I gave you 15 phones just in case you would like more.
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Finger Walking (Reading the Phone Book)
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