Today we focused on a very important concept... reading a book page by page. I used the book There's an Alligator Under My Bed to model this. I chose this book for several reasons. 1) It does not have a lot of text 2) The text matches the illustrations 3) It's simple but tells a good story and 4) The kids love it.
I introduced the mini-lesson by talking about why it is important to read a book page by page. Then I modeled the right way and the wrong way to read a book. I read the book all the way through reading every page. I had students give me a thumbs up if I read the book correctly. Then I modeled reading the book by skipping pages, reading the book again correctly, and reading the book by starting at the back. Each time I had students give me a thumbs up or thumbs down for whether I read the book correctly and then tell why I was right or why I was wrong. They loved this.
You can see why I chose this book. I needed to read it several times so I needed to be able to read it quickly and I needed the kids to like the story. I also needed it to not make sense when I skipped over pages while I was reading.
I sent students off to read one last time in groups. This time I placed them in some of our special reading areas.
I administered DRA this morning so I will be able to help those students who are ready for "good fit" books choose them. I also started sending sight word stories for homework this week. My students will read the same story each night for the entire week. Then I am going to move the story to a folder for their book box. I am trying to build up ways to put "good fit" text into the hands of even my earliest readers.