Introducing reading at the beginning of the year is always one of my favorite things to do. I spend a lot of days creating various anchor charts with my little friends to help get them into the reading mindset. So far this year, we've just been focusing on what reading is, where we can do it, what we can read, etc, but will be getting more involved with the actual reading part soon!
My favorite lesson involves answering the question: What do good readers read? I started off this lesson by reading the story Read Anything Good Lately? by Susan Allen and Jane Lindaman. This story goes through each letter of the alphabet with something different you can read. I just bought this book this summer and it really just fits so perfectly in this lesson! Before reading the story, I told my little friends that while they are reading I wanted them to focus on different things that we can read because we were going to make a list when we were finished with the story. My main purpose with this lesson is to help my little friends realize that reading can happen anywhere and everywhere!
After I read the story, I asked my little friends for ideas on what we can read. They came up with a great list- some were from the story, some were not, which I thought was great because they were thinking of their own reading too!
As part of the reading activity, I had my little friends write different words/phrases they could read on their iPads. My rule with this was that they could only write a word if they could read it. The environmental print was very popular in their responses, because of course they can read things like Taco Bell! I was so thrilled to see how engaged they were during this activity- it warmed my heart for my little readers. :)
The last thing I did with this lesson was have my little friends fill out this printable with their reading favorites. Since the story also talked about different places to read, they drew pictures showing their favorite place to read, their favorite topic to read about and their favorite thing to read (iPad, cereal box, etc.). Most of my little friends said their favorite place to read was at their house so I'm hoping it's really true that they are reading at home in addition to our school reading time! You can grab this freebie here!
|Tornadoes was a popular answer for what they liked to read about-- not really sure why!|
|Woohoo- look at that engagement!|
Have a great day!