- tagboard (12"x18")
- paint and paintbrushes
- book rings
- colored construction paper
- awareness of print
- letter identification
- In Advance: Read lots of books with repetitive language. Share as many books as possible. The structure of repetitive language supports children's early success with reading.
After you have shared many books with the class, invite them to make a class big book. Discuss the topic they'd each like to use for their own page in the book. Examples may include what kinds of pets they own or what kinds of food they like.
When their topics have been decided, model simple ways to construct sentences for their book. Examples may include "My name is Rosie, and I have a pet _______." Or "My name is Rosie, and I like _______ for dinner." Demonstrate how to fill in the blanks. Write children's responses on a chart. The group may want to read the responses together after you are finished.
Give children individual sheets of large oaktag with lines already drawn on the paper. They may copy their own sentence from the chart, or you can write the sentence for them after they identify it for you.
Have plenty of art materials available for children to create illustrations for their pages. Remind children that they may want to draw something that relates to the topic they chose to go along with their sentences.
Make a cover for the big book, asking each child if he would like to add his own special touches to it. Invite the whole class to sign their names and bind the pages. Put the brand-new big book in the classroom library to share.
Remember: Some students may need assistance with scissors. Also, not every child will feel comfortable sharing his page.
Learning's in Store on the Refrigerator Door. Send a note home suggesting that parents arrange magnetic letters on their refrigerators. Have them encourage their children to play with the letters. Then suggest that they help them write their names or those of family members.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Make a Mural. Invite children to work together to create a mural of what they like to do in school. Provide a large sheet of rolled art paper and tempera paints. Hang the mural in the classroom. Invite children to print their names under the activities they painted.