What should you do when you pick up a brand new book? 1. Look a the picture on the cover 2. Go for a picture walk Looking at all the pictures in the book, not the words 3. Make a prediction about what the story is going to be about. 4. Then start to read!
One-to-one matching of every word – even if it is not the correct word. Pointing to every word as they read. Using the picture to help figure out tricky words. Retell what happened at the end of the story. Answering some who, what, where, when, why, how questions at the end of the story. Follow pattern across the pages. SIGHT WORDS, SIGHT WORDS, SIGHT WORDS
One-to-one matching of every word – just about every word correct. Pointing to every word as they read. Using the first letter of the word and the picture to figure out tricky words. Retell what happened at the end of the story. Answering some who, what, where, when, why, how questions at the end of the story. Follow a changing pattern across the pages. SIGHT WORDS, SIGHT WORDS, SIGHT WORDS
One-to-one matching of every word – allows for 1-2 mistakes. Pointing is not necessary but encouraged. Using the first and last letter of the word and the picture to figure out tricky words. Retell what happened at the end of the story. Answering some who, what, where, when, why, how questions at the end of the story. There is no pattern in most Level C books. Which means…
SIGHT WORDS › SIGHT WORDS SIGHT WORDS Any thing you can do to practice sight words every day is key! Post them around the house and make it a game for the whole family to ‘read’ them when they walk by them.
You do not have to ask these questions every time they read independently or even ask every question. Aim to ask 3 questions 2-3 times per week – and mix it up! These are questions to help with reading comprehension and to help children slow down and digest what they are reading.
What happened in the story? Who is the main character in your book? Who are the other important characters in the book? What do you think would happen next in the story? What in the book makes you think that? What happened at the beginning of the book? At the middle? At the end?
Writing process… › Think, plan, sketch, write Think – Think of a story across three fingers. Beginning, middle, end. Plan - Point to each page to ‘plan’ the story before actually ‘writing’ anything. Sketch - Sketch a picture across each page before writing any sentences. This is a quick sketch, not many details. Write – Begin by labeling the picture. Children should be labeling ALL pictures until they can read their own writing.
Let them label the house! Using pictures from coloring books, have them label what they see. Put words all around the house. Using a food store ad or magazine, let them cut out pictures and ‘label’ them.
While writing is new for many of the children, we want to encourage them to write as much as possible. If a child is stretching out a word, and they ‘hear’ a sound that is incorrect, do not correct them. Let them write down the sounds that they hear. › For example: If they want to stretch out the word “chair” and they say /t/, let them write down the letter t. We are working on learning our letter sounds. If they are trying to stretch out a sight word, show them where the word is on their word wall, or write it down for them.