Call them what you will, Reader's Theater, Partner Plays, or simply, what it is, reading for fluency and comprehension. No matter the name or the purpose, young children love to read, practice, rehearse and perform! Students love these books and their headband costumes!
The very first reading strategy that I teach my kindergartners on the first week of school is to sit in reading position using the cute little song. Students are very responsive and quickly develop habits of quiet sitting at the reading table. Now I want to say this strategy is a lot for me and my sanity, but actually, if students sit in a quiet manner at the guided reading table their attention is maximized.
In January I gave the midyear Directed Reading Assessment to my students. Most of them did well, but a few of them really struggled. Despite all that we had done, they were still not looking at print, and leaning too heavily on the strategy of using picture clues.
A home reading program will be more effective if the student has a way to save or store the books. A book box is a great at-home storage solution. A book box can easily be made out of a shoe box - either a regular shoe box or a purchased plastic shoe box. Your students can decorate the boxes at home. They can be elaborately decorated right from the pages of pinterest, or just covered with stickers.
Guided Reading is an important part of the literacy spectrum as it is a time to work with students of similar needs and abilities using material at their instructional level. It is a time to introduce and practice important reading strategies, build one to one correspondence, and to practice the importance of rereading text, and more.
If you are like me and find the guided books in your basal series to be marginal at best, you need something more. I have been making thematic books for two decades now, and find they fit the bill for effective guided reading. I have several sets for sale at our on-line store, they are moderately priced. My students love these little books! I usually sent home two a week. Additionally, each of our 50 plus thematic units and 12 homework packets each contain at least one guided reader.
Using Reader's Theater in kindergarten is not only great fun, but it is the perfect way to build reading confidence, fluency, and developed comprehension skills. This week students were working hard in their reading groups to read, practice, refine, and then perform!
These scripts are perfect for benchmark kindergarten readers! The scripts are engaging as they are based on familiar folktales.
You can purchase each of these theaters separately, or as a bundle! You kids will love them!
|Students have "Eyes on Text."|
If you are looking for guided readers that are at appropriate kindergarten levels, we offer several guided reading sets such as this one.
Additionally, each of our thematic unit includes at least one thematic guided reader.
|Contains Seven Leveled B or C Guided Readers|
Guiding Their Reading: The Mini-Lesson
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Use these posters at your guided reading and writing centers to quickly give students assistance with alphabet sounds, and vowel chunks!
*Choice of colored or white backgrounds are included for your convenience.
Digraph and Diphthongs
Tracking print is a skill that is imperative to the learning to read process. As students point at the word their voice is saying, they develop motor behaviors that will move to the automaticity of eyes movement from left to right as print is tracked. It also aides students pay detailed attention to sight words and to the decoding of text. Because this skill is so important, I like to add variety to keep tracking fun and exciting.
It is easy to make a pointer using a craft stick. You can glue just about anything on the top such as a paper tooth when reading a dental book, a snowflake, a heart, or even a shamrock. Kids love to make their own pointers to bring to the guided reading table. It makes a great art center!
I love using these finger lights at guided reading! Students who have been struggling with word to word correspondence seem to perfect the skill when they are able to use these fun, inexpensive beams.
I especially love to use these pointers when we are reading one of our space books like the alien book in the picture. Because these lights are fairly inexpensive, I can send these lights home with the paper reader if it is in my budget for the school year. If not, they are still working a year later, ready to use again and again.
Students that are struggling with tracking print have a kinesthetic link with the light as it glows on each word. Students that can already track print are able to increase fluency as they glide the light along.
Another of my favorites is pointing with monster, witch, or alien fingers!
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Your students will love these simple books with great text, ready to color pictures, and engaging endings. Or, if you are a parent looking for a way to promote reading at home, these books will offer the needed support you are looking for.
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