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I'm joining Collaboration Cuties with their Reading Mentor Text Linky. I choose 2 books this time. Both are used at the beginning of the year when I am introducing Daily 5's IPICK. I share these books with my students to explore our interests and how it relates to reading.
Anthony Browne's simple text is patterned and predictable. My kinderkids and firsties easily relate to it. While reading it, I have my students stand up if they also like the same thing (examples: funny, scary, dinosaurs, pirates, etc.). At the end, my students talk to their shoulder partners about what interests they have. Last, each child works on his own page for a classbook of what we like to read.
Todd Parr's books are bright and colorful which are appealing to young children. I have used this book to further discuss how reading makes us feel good, relating it to their interests. This book is also a great book as a lead in to a classbook. When making classbooks, I like to include a title page using my students' self portraits. This idea came from my friend Amy. This also came in handy when I wrote thank you letters for my Donor Choose project.
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