Archive for January 27th, 2010

While working in Arkansas recently, I talked with kindergarten teachers about finding the right kind of text for shared reading. I look for books and poems that are close to the guided reading level of most of the class. We read the booksand poems together for repeated readings and then move those same materials to literacy work stations for practice. Here are some samples of text that is just right for kindergarten shared reading and stations.


Sentence strips in a pocket chart include students' names and short sentences using high frequency words

Another pocket chart holds a simple 5-line poem where students can print match and fill in a few blanks

Children can build sight words with magnetic letters at this station- not too many words or letters are available at once- these same words are used in the big books and poems kids are reading

Short 4-line poem includes lots of high frequency words and can be easily managed by kindergartners

Another short poem that's just right for kindergarten

After teaching with this big book, kids can easily read it on their own at the big book station.

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