Kids love Shared Reading time. There’s just something about being actively involved in reading a story that you love. Each week I introduce a new big book. We spend a week reading the book, closely analyzing the text and getting to know the characters. Joy Cowley is one of our favorite authors.
After we’ve spent a week on a big book I don’t just put it away and forget about it.
The big book joins all of the other big books in the big book center so that the Littles can continue to enjoy the stories. Allowing them to reread and interact with the text over and over is an authentic way for them to work on Fluency and develop a deeper understanding of the story.
The Littles can do lots of different things with the text besides just rereading it.
Some of the things they can do are:
I have a variety of tools for them to use at this center.
Wikki sticks, Post it notes (for covering up words and writing new ones, making lists, etc;), word frames, word slappers (mini flyswatters), Highlighting tape for finding letters, words and word chunks, clipboards and paper and a variety of pointers for them to read with.
This center has a lot of choices but it is so easy to maintain. There is no work to do except add the book that you read the previous week.
So…. last week I blogged about some things the kids do in the ABC center and I didn’t quite have my new Alphapalooza 2 unit finished yet. Now, that it is finished I thought I’d share some of the activities.
You can click on the picture to download 6 pages from the unit.