Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Turning Read-Alouds into Readables

Hello, Everyone!

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What do you do with your read-aloud books after you've read them to your class? With comprehension level being above reading level, often these books will be too difficult for most of our primary grade students to read independently.  But, as you know, motivation is a huge factor in reading success, as in the case of the  kindergartener who devours books about dinosaurs and is able to recognize the written names of his favorite dinos! Also, we are teaching our students that retelling from the pictures is a valid kind of reading. Give your students an opportunity to put it into practice!
Here's something to try in your room to put those read-alouds into the hands of all of your students,  not just to enjoy the books, but also to build comprehension skills through practicing retelling with pictures. Have a read-aloud box, filled with your read-alouds of the past week or two, and maybe some ongoing "Pleeeeez don't put that one away!" favorites.
Here's a label you might like to use, in two versions to suit your classroom decor. Click it to download from Google Docs.

Happy Teaching!

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