Saturday, May 30, 2015
5 Reasons for Putting a Book in their hands EVERYDAY!
They are quick to incorporate Read Alouds, both fiction and non-fiction, into lessons for reading skills, math, science and social studies. The provide students with books in guided reading small group sessions…and then they take it back. WHAT?
Yep, they take it back. "What if they lose a book?" "What if they get mixed up with someone else's books?" It is unbelievable to me, but ONE exposure to a book cannot be considered valuable or “best practice"...ever!
Word wall words or sight words CANNOT be learned in isolation. Well, they can be…but, why would you? When students are just beginning to connect letters to sounds and sounds to words every connection made clear makes an impact on their learning. Early readers, levels A – C, are sight word heavy. Typically a word or two is repeated in predictable text can not only provide further practice with fluency, students are practicing sight words on every page. As they become more and more familiar with these books the sight words become easily recognized and ingrained.Responsibility is another key skill for early learners. Giving them the responsibility of their book baggie allows them to have a part in their learning. They need to bring the book baggie to the small group table. They need to make sure their book baggie is put in the proper place. They need to make sure their books are kept in the baggie. If you allow them to have the books, you are saying they are worthy of the books. Let that be the message they understand.
Independence is one of the most important skills students can acquire through books. After a small group lesson students keep the book in their book baggie (a Ziploc® bag with their name). These bags are kept in a specific place in the room. When students are finished with their work, they can get their book baggie and sit in the classroom library to read. They know how, when, and where to read their books and it’s up to them to do it.
Finally, putting books in their hands EVERYDAY creates a routine of reading. When the routine is created, a love of reading can grow. Students who know they will read every day and they will be successful every day will LOVE to read. Success feels good…so reading will feel good, too. AND THEN...love will grow!