Monday, September 5, 2011

Having a good time with Nursery Rhymes!

We have been "reading" and acting out nursery rhymes. Nursery rhymes are a great way for kids to feel successful at "reading" because nursery rhymes are usually short and have some motions that can be acted out. Students practice pointing to the words on the chart (teaching them to read left to right, one-to-one correspondence), identifying the beginning, middle, and ending parts to each nursery rhyme, and finding words that rhyme. As you can see we also had a lot of fun acting out the words. Each student is making a nursery rhyme book that will have the words typed out and have empty boxes next to a few words for students to draw their own illustration in. For example, next to the word "hill," students would draw a hill. As they "read" their nursery rhymes during Reader's Workshop, the pictures and big font help them to follow along word-by-word.

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