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LaBelle Elementary School Newsletter Newsletter June 4, 2010 Volume 1, Issue 1 Teacher’s News I have compiled a group of books I their world through books. As think many of you would be interested children become better readers in reading to your class or children in they will be more willing to take your home. They cover a variety of risks envolving topics and reading genres and have some fun and creative levels. I have a short list for you to activities to go with them. Most of begin our journey. As you read these stories can be used with one through some of these stories you Contents student or with a group depending on will most likely remember other what you are working with at the time. books you read as a child and want Teacher’s News 1 The love of reading is an aquired to share them. Relax and enjoy hobby. Children will only grow in their your time when reading. Your Mrs. Pratt’s Stories 1 love of reading if they are read to attitude toward reading is the Stories Continue 2 often and can put their newly gained biggest selling point to the child knowledge to use. By taking a story you are tring to encourage to begin Stories Continue 3 that has been read to a child and loving to read. Don’t forget to ask Activity Ideas 3 incorporating it into an activity lots of questions to check for involving the student, you will most understanding and follow paths All about Mrs. Pratt 4 likely find the child is very interested that are interesting to the child or Websites for Kids 4 in reading more. It may be the same children you are working with. story again (fluency) or maybe stories on related topics or with the same characters. The reason why children read more is not important. We just want them to love reading and explore Mrs. Pratt’s Stories Winston the Book Wolf by Marni Mcgee Zoom By Istvan Banyai Winston loves words so much he eats This is a book with no words but yet it every word he sees. One day he meets a still shows that when you are looking little girl named Rose and she tells at something from far away there are Winston that the words are much better a lot more things to be seen close up. if you eat them with you head. Winston It starts looking at the comb of a doesn’t know how to read so she teaches rooster and zooms out all the way to a him to read and he loves to read and he picture of the earth. doesn’t want to stop. I really enjoyed this book it really relates There is actually a standard to match to learning how to read and how excited this book and I tumbled across it reading can be. This would be a great looking for a book to go along with book to encourage new readers and also my lesson for a Kindergarten Science beginning readers. lesson. Page 2 of 4 School Newsletter Max’s Words by Kate Banks idea that he would use the words he had Max has two older brothers and they found to make a story and his brothers both collect things but they will not share helped him write a story. with him. He really wants to start I loved this book it really shows children acollection and decides to collect words. how important words are and would also He begins to look for words everywhere be a great book for new readers or and he ends up with a big pile of words. children starting to put words together to His brothers ask him for some words but tell stories. since they didn’t share with him he didn’t share with them. He finally got an How do Dinosaur’s Say Good Night? By Jane Yolen Just like Josh Gibson by Angela This story is really a great book to help Johnson fluency and also a great bedtime story. It This book is an awesome way to show shows children how not to behave when it children how things were a long time ago is time to go to bed and that they should do and how much things have changed this what they are told to do when they are book is about a little african american asked by their mom or dad. girl who grows up loving baseball I really enjoyed this book once I found it I because her dad had told her a story have read it several times to my own about Josh Gibons who was a great children and they find it very funny. baseball player. She wasn’t allowed to play baseball because she was a girl and girls weren’t allowed to play. One Burro’s Tortillas by Terri Fields This story is along the some lines as the day she finally gets the opportunity to little red hen but it is a burro and he is play and hits it out of the park just tring to make tortillas with corn and his like Josh Gibons. friends do not want to help do any of the work to prepare the tortillas but once the tortillas are finished they are all ready to eat them. I really enjoyed this story I felt that it not only encouraged children to help others but also how tortillas are made and how much work is put into them to make a meal. Some students may not know the process of making tortillas. Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch This is a fantsy book this would make your kids really laugh especially if they love to play outside. Poor Jule Ann everytime she goes outside to play a mud puddle sneaks up and jumps on her and she has to go inside get a bath and clean clothes then the mud puddle waits for her to come back outside and jumps right back on her. After this happens a coule times she is ready to fight back. Read this with children you know to find out what she does to get rid of that annoying mud puddle. School Newsletter Page 3 of 4 Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen This book is just a funny book to show Mr. Magee and his dog Dee decide to go on a camping kids that they should eat their vegetables. trip thinks to a nosy bear they run into all kinds of It is a funny story about a little pea that mishaps but find their way safely home. complains about having to eat candy and This would be a great story to check prior knowledge of being excited to eat spinach for dessert. camping and forest. The children would enjoy the funny This story would be a great story to read things that happen to Mr. Magee. as a family. Platypus Probably by Sneed B. live. Collard This book is a non-fiction story about platypus’ it is very interesting because they have been alive since dinosaurs but “Today a reader, tomorrow you never really hear very much about a leader.” Margaret Fuller them. They are very interesting little creatures and this book gives a lot of information about them. This book also lists things about the food they eat, the homes they build and even where they Activity Ideas Activities that go with stories should books), time lines and cartoon strips give help the reader show what he or she children a chance to present the book in learned from the book. Keep in mind this another way to show their understanding. may vary from child to child and from It is not necessary to check for age group to age group. comprehension by using written Have children create a hat or vest to questions needing long answers as a show what the book was about. Make a response. Getting children to think will diarama to retell the story. Children can get them to want more. Inquiring minds create a costume to go with a story. want to know more. Making books (flip books, picture All about Mrs. Pratt Stefanie Pratt is a junior at Edison College. She is married and has two children Madison age 6 and Caden age 1. She lives in LaBelle where she grew up. Stefanie enjoys fishing and reading in her free time. She hopes to get a job teaching kindergarten or first grade after finishing her degree from Edison. Websites for Kids http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&templa te=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm Great websites for kids it has all kinds of ideas for activites. http://www.tumblebooks.com/library This website reads books to kids it is really good for emergent readers.
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