Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to Read The Same Book All Week

1. The first and most obvious.. READ IT. Don't just recite the words. Use emotion. Use voices and get excited. When you get excited about a book so will your class.

2. Talk about it. No one ever said that you only have to read the words on the page. Leave a little to the imagination. Yours & theirs.

3. Play a guessing game. See if your students can figure out what will happen on the next page or at the end of the story.

4. Write a new ending... What if your story went in the opposite direction? What if the bad guys traded places with the good? What if one of your students was the main character? The possibilities are endless.

5. Explain. Challenge and let yourself be challenged. No question is too far fetched. Let those little minds wonder and keep them moving. Stop on unknown words and give new information.

6. Read & Recall. Read a page or two and then ask the children to re-tell you the story so far. Test their understanding and if it's not clicking.. try again. Help them really see whats happening in the story.

7. Forget the story all together. Instead count, find colors, shapes. Play an object hunt game using the pictures in the book. You may also be interested in:
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