A “just right” first news article great for Pre-K, Kindergarten and some first graders.! An age appropriate way for little learners to thoughtfully engage with print. Especially written for pre–readers, but also perfect for those with emerging reading skills! This non-fiction science article was crafted to share facts, introduce vocabulary, and answer essential questions while providing an authentic print awareness experience (in this case informational). Print awareness is the understanding that print on a page has meaning and is related to the spoken word. Young children do not naturally understand this, or understand that all of those strange symbols on a page actually mean something.
Gaining familiarity with the printed word and the different ways it can look requires many different interactions to feel comfortable with it and understand that print is helpful to us in so many ways. Print awareness focuses on how text is used rather than how to read it.
Research tells us that children who have a greater understanding of print awareness will be more deeply skilled at comprehension, thus more successful at reading later on. This resource reinforces visual literacy, listening skills, language skills, context, and vocabulary. It is high interest, engaging, and fun!
Little learners will LOVE having their very own “news” to learn about, share at home, and report on! This resource can be used for a one day mini lesson, over several days, or to integrate and enrich thematic learning. Multiple ELA, writing, speaking/listening, and science standards are addressed, however, this resource is intended to enhance learning skills by providing an easy, accessible way to integrate into your theme and scaffold a print rich experience for your students to naturally and easily become aware of print!
Included in this resource:
Genre: Non-Fiction Science Print Awareness
Crayons: Little Learner News Article with colorful real world photos
Teacher Guide with directions and questions (for Background, Visual Literacy, Comprehension and Follow-up)
Full page: color, newsprint background & black/white
Half page: color & black/white
Quarter page: color & black/white
(Small sizes are GREAT for student copies/take home & ELA or science notebooks!)
Reporting writing prompts (3) – open ended (color & b/w)
Chart elements for creating an interactive anchor chart
Non fiction media source vocabulary cards
If you have used my Close Reading Resources
you will really like this!
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