Thankful for Sight Word Readers

November 12, 2018 No Comments

I love November! It is definitively fall. It brings about the excitement of the holiday season without pushing it too early or too soon. It brings about a time of gratitude and thanksgiving! What more is there to love?

To kick off the season of gratitude, I always like to teach my students about the first Thanksgiving. As always, I’ve made my favorite foldable coloring books to teach the topic. Explicitly teaching the topic and labeling new vocabulary words is a critical component to help enhance my students’ reading skills. Besides the fact that research shows the higher vocabulary a child has, the greater their reading skills- knowing the name of words will help them read predictable texts with picture cues! Check out the cover of my foldable reader below. You can click the picture to download the book, or just click here!

In Kindergarten, November is also a time when we start to dive a little deeper into our literacy skills! Our November writing units consist of list books that we turn into pattern books! It is the beginning of tracking reading in predictable texts. Since November has a lot of Thanksgiving vocabulary, I decided to create an Emergent Reader with sight words my students would already know and picture cues for the unknown words! (See where that critical background knowledge and vocabulary come in handy!) Here’s a sampling below. You can download it here.

It comes with options with and without dots depending on your preference!

In an effort to up the ante and differentiate learning, I made a create your own predictable reader for the kiddos! This interactive reader allows students to cut and paste if they like or do not like certain traditional Thanksgiving foods.

 It comes with options with and without dots depending on your preference!

The beauty of this book is that it takes out the predictability of the patterns and forces the students to truly track print. However, because it is their own opinion, the picture cues will help them navigate the unpredictable text. Not to mention, it’s a great introduction to the sight words: do, not, like! Download it here!

November for us means conference season! If this is something you could use to help get through the busy time of parent-teacher conferences amidst cooking and prepping for the holiday, click here to download it today!

If you like this, you may LOVE my Thanksgiving Literacy Bundle. It includes this product plus my Horn of Plenty of Vowels Pack! Click here to download!

Dianne Sydorko

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