Today, my students saw this when they entered my room for reading intervention:
I used window markers/paint to write three tricky lightning words that we have been reviewing. These markers are SO, SO cool! You can use them on any glass surface such of course, a window, or a mirror. Students noticed this right away and were so excited when I told them they would be using the markers on Thursday. We will practice writing the words on the windows, and then I will have them read the words in context in a leveled reader. FUN!!
As I was basking in their excitement, it made me think of how previewing a book (taking a picture walk) before reading can also motivate students to read, as well as getting their brains ready to read by activating prior knowledge. Today, my firsties finally got a chance to read Pumpkins In the Fall . This nonfiction book boasts gorgeous photographs and prompted students to talk and share before reading about what they already know about how pumpkins grow, trips to the pumpkin patch, and carving pumpkins.
They read the book with their reading buddy and then made a list of facts/details they learned about pumpkins on large sticky notes. On Thursday, they will share what they learned and we will reread the book.
It was a very productive day with my little pumpkins! On a final note, I leave you with a preview of a little election unit I'm working on for my super readers. Click the picture below to grab a FREE election day poster!
That's a wrap! How's that for closure?! :-)