Tag Archive | reading

Using Wordless Books for Language Arts

Students of all ages like well crafted wordless books. Young readers/ writers and those who are struggling can tell a story when given these types of books. There is not a right way to narrate what is happening and children do not have to create a story line since it is already in the book.

Here are some ideas to get your child talking and the pencil moving.

  • You can partner write with Post-it notes the events of the story. You can take turns telling the story and writing the details. If your child is reluctant to write, then you can be the scribe.
  • For new/ struggling/ reluctant writers, they can use Post-it notes and just write brief words that some of the characters would say. For instance, “Help!” or “Watch out!”
  • Write and/or illustrate a sequel to the story.

A favorite of mine and my students is Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner. Mr. Wuffles is a cat who has a plethora of toys, but is not interested in any of them. Well, he is interested in one, a spaceship. What ensues is sure to make your student want to tell you what is happening.

I hope you get to try this activity with your writer. Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Helping Young Readers: Book Resources

One of the most rewarding events that has occurred in teaching my own children and others is when letters and sounds letters go from just symbols on a page to actual words that have meaning. I think it is as exciting as the first steps a child takes when they begin walking. The world opens up and there is no stopping a reader after that!

The process of reading can be arduous for all involved. ūüė¶ ¬†I like to find books that will help you and your child as you go through the reading process and help provide reading independence. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You is a series that you and your young reader share together. You read one portion of a short story and ¬†your child reads the other portion. There are even times where you read parts of the book together. This is known as choral reading and is one language arts standard that is covered in primary grades. I think this is important since reading takes a lot of “brain power” and can be overwhelming, plus it’s fun!

This series can be used in several ways. You can have two of your children take turns reading aloud; a child and an adult take turns; or an advanced and beginner reader alternate reading the text. The selections are not for the student who is just beginning to read, but rather for a student who is ready for ¬†more than simple sentences such as, “See Spot Run.” These books are a bridge to chapter books for students in grades 2-3 with a collection of poems and 2 page stories that include rhythm, rhyming, and¬†repetition; all techniques that give young readers confidence they need to succeed. I have only featured three books in this series so if you like what you see there are several more to enjoy. Another bonus is that I picked them up at the library and ¬†some of them are American Library Notable books they should be easy to find at your library. Happy reading!

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read ¬†Together, by¬†Mary Ann Hoberman are modern-day nursery rhymes that have catchy phrases and fun pictures.

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You:Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together, by¬†Mary Ann Hoberman include tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Little Red Hen with some surprise plot twists and endings.

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together, by Mary Ann Hoberman is a retelling of the classic Aesop’s fables that you and your reader are sure to enjoy.

**¬†I have been “field testing” these books for the past 3 weeks and the girls I am tutoring¬†love¬†these books!