Tuesday, September 25, 2012


It’s terrific Tuesday, and we have a TERRIFIC, free download for you!  You’ll have to go to my home page (drjean.org) and click on the “Nursery Rhyme Printables” in the upper right corner.  Click on the “free sample” and you’ll have books, song cards, and a free download of “Jack and Jill.”  Try this one out in your classroom, and if the children enjoy it, we hope you’ll order the whole set.
Vanessa Levin (pre-kpages.com) and I have been working on these Nursery Rhyme Readers for months because we know the importance of putting a book in every child’s hands.  Research continually validates the importance of the home-school connection, and these books are a tangible way to put literacy in the home.

Since Common Core State Standards are foremost in everyone’s minds these days,  Rhyming Readers can be a meaningful and natural way to develop these skills:

FLUENCY AND ORAL LANGUAGE- Use these books for small group instruction or a large group “shared reading” activity.
         Choral Reading – Read together as you point to the words.
         Shadow Reading – The teacher reads a line and then the children
         repeat the same line.
         Take a Turn – The teacher reads a line and then the children read the next line and so forth.
         Magic Word – Select a special word in the text.  Every time you come to that word the children clap their hands or shout it out.

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS - Make a list of words that rhyme.  Circle the letters that are the same.  Can the children think of additional words that end with the same sound?
Identify words that begin with the same sound.
Clap, jump, or snap to the beat of the rhyme.

PUNCTUATION – Use a highlighter to circle capital letters and punctuation.

VOCABULARY  - When you come to unfamiliar words in rhymes model looking up definitions in a dictionary.

COMPREHENSION – Discuss the characters, setting, problem, resolution, etc. in the nursery rhyme. 
What happened first, next, last?  What do you think will happen next?

PRINT CONCEPTS – Track the words from left to right and top to bottom.  Identify letters in the rhymes.

WORD RECOGNITION – Identify high frequency words in rhymes.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING – Encourage children to repeat rhymes independently.   Can they answer and ask questions about rhymes? 

KEY IDEAS AND DETAILS – Compare and contrast rhymes. 
Describe the relationship between illustrations and rhymes.