What helps kids build confidence and fluency? Success in reading!
This simple short a book is fun and repetitive, much like a tongue twister. To provide practice, over 150 running words are presented in the book.
One of the greatest challenges I have faced with emergent readers is finding texts long enough to provide periods of extended decoding practice. Reading at about ten words per minute, it takes a beginning reader approximately fifteen minutes to read this text. With the triangular stories included, actual reading time can be extended to twenty minutes.
To successfully read this text, kids need to be able to blend words with short a and know just 6 additional words: I, a, my, is, no and not.
The words in and on are included in this text, but in a way that kids can read using context and the picture cues.
The word have also appears in this story. Since students generally have not learned about silent e at this stage, I just let them blend the word have. If asked, I simply say: “We don’t hear the e at the end of the word have.”
After this story, you will find a few word cards and triangular stories designed to provide additional practice.
I hope your students enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Sincerely, Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy)