Welcome to the first month of Books Bloggers Love, a monthly link-up between 12 teacher bloggers! Each of us will be sharing our favorite book to read for the upcoming month, share with you how we use it, and you might find a freebie or two. The best part?! Each month, you will have a chance to win 4 of the 12 books we blogged about!
Since August is back to school month for a lot of us, I chose a book that is perfect for the month of August: There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Books!
My kids love the “There was an Old Lady…” books almost as much as I do. They are perfect because of how repetitive, yet silly they are. The book is great for practicing so many important reading skills, like sequencing and comprehension.
One of my higher level readers will typically read the book to the class. As we read the book together, I will model by using the sequencing cards that match the book to sequence the story as we read.
After we read, I will flip through to the pages of the book once again. I give each student a sequencing card or two, so they all have to pay attention to what part of the book we are talking about to sequence it correctly as a class. This helps them be more accountable for paying attention, and they help each other out when one student is struggling.
We then complete the sequencing card activity again… but only with the pictures from the book this time. We either complete this activity as a class or in centers. It depends on how much time we have, as well as the student’s ability level. My higher level students can complete the sequencing on their own.
Depending on our comprehension of the text, we will continue sequencing the cards with and without the book. I use this book to really focus in on First, Then, Next, Last and/or First, Second, Third, etc. to give students the opportunity to really practice using ordinal numbers and words. This is when I use the cut and paste worksheet.
Since I know a lot of elementary teachers own this book, I’m leaving you with a couple of free pages from my Old Lady Swallowed Some Books book companion guide.
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What is your favorite book to read during the month of August?