Start the school year off in the right direction by teaching emerging readers about the parts of a book with these 10 Posters. What are Print Concepts? It is an awareness of print in our everyday environment. Concepts about print involve understanding the difference between letters, words, punctuation and directionality. Understanding concepts of print is the first step to indicate a readiness to read.
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Check if a student understands:
That print has meaning
That print can be used for different purposes
The relationship between print and speech
There is a difference between letters and words
That words are separated by spaces
There is a difference between words and sentences
That there are (punctuation) marks that signal the end of a sentence
That books have parts such as a front and back cover, title page, and spine
That stories have a beginning, middle, and end
That text is read from left to right and from top to bottom
Give the student a book and ask the following questions:
Can you show me…
the end of a sentence (punctuation mark)?
the front of the book?
the back of the book?
where I should start reading the story?
how I should hold the book?
the title of the book?
how many words are in this sentence?