This 12 page book is an emergent reader which uses a predictable pattern with one new word at the end of each sentence. It allows emergent readers to recognize and learn familiar predictable text.
The fifteen picture cards can be used to teach the vocabulary. Additional theme-related words are included that are NOT within the text of the story, but may be in the picture. Small snowflake pictures are included to allow students to have active participation by placing it on each page of the book, or on an object named. Print on card stock, laminate and cut each page in half. Bind the book on the left edge.
Ask the students: What does snow look like? How does it feel? When does it snow? Have you ever seen snow?
“Today we are going to read a little book called ‘Snowflakes Everywhere’. Before we do, let’s look at some pictures of things that are in the book.” Show the vocabulary cards one at a time--either ask the students to label the objects spontaneously or teach them the words. I usually do a pre and post-test on the words.
Read the story page by page using your finger to follow the text. On subsequent reads, have the students choral read with you. Students may or may not use their finger to follow the text. For emergent readers, however, this helps them to understand that each group of letters is one spoken word. You can also read the carrier phrase, then pause on the last word so that the students can fill in the word. Finally, the students read spontaneously.
At any point in this progression, students can place the small snowflake near the object that is being named in the text.
by Kathy Grover
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