Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Literacy Help for the Summer

Some of my first graders are just beginning to grasp reading and they are doing so well!  I am so proud and excited for them, but I hate to lose them at this point in the year because I don't want their reading to regress.  As a result, I have been trying to come up with a literacy packet or ideas to send home for extra practice over the summer months.  I have to say that in order to become a successful reader, the first step is sight word recognition.  With my lowest group of readers this year, I have pushed and pushed sight word activities during our guided reading time.  After reading a book on their level we usually do some kind of practice or review depending on how much time we have left.  Their favorite game is sight word go fish, but we have also played sight word bingo, flash cards, and memory.  Here are a few more activities I plan to incorporate next year, but that I also plan to send home with some of my students over the summer. 
I recently found this I Can Speed Read packet on TpT, which focuses on racing against yourself on reading sight words.  It is $2.00, but I figure if I can get a child excited about reading and it helps them to recognize their sight words quicker, it is totally worth it!

If fluency and sight word recognition is your goal, you can try this idea called One breath boxes from Teacher Tipster.  Swamp First Graders adapted this idea to create her own one breath boxes based on the Reading Street program.  See if your child/student is able to read all the words in a box in one breath in order to build fluency.  Did I mention that both are free!?!
 These roll and read fluency practice sheets come from First Grade Brain.  They were created based on the Scott Foresman Reading Street.  My school district does not use this program, but they still look like great practice for fluency.  You can find units 2 - 5 on TpT for $2.00 each.
I have also come up with a list of book suggestions for summer, based on guided reading levels.  So many times I have parents frustrated after visiting the library because they just aren't sure what their child is capable of reading.  Hopefully this list will not only offer a few suggestions, but will also allow the parents to compare the varying levels of difficulties.  Please let me know if there are other great books or series I should include or if you disagree with anything you see.  Thank you!

F Books
Cookie’s Week

G books

The Carrot Seed
If You Give a Pig a Party
Clifford series

H Books
Shoo Fly Guy
Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp
A Kiss For Little Bear

I Books
A Color of His Own                                                                          
Parts by Tedd Arnold
The Kissing Hand
Froggy series

J Books
Little Critter by Mercer Mayer                                                   
 Curious George
Cowgirl Kate                                                                                        
Nate the Great                                
Henry & Mudge                                                                                                
Fox and His Friends
Little Bear

K Books

Froggy Books
Frog & Toad                                                                                         
Bedtime For Francis
Caps For Sale
Diary of a ________ series
L  Books
Cam Jansen                                                                                       
Berenstein Bears
Amelia Bedelia                                                                                 
Get Ready for 2nd Grade, Amber Brown
Ready Freddy

M Books

Bailey School Kids
Junie B. Jones                                                                                     
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Freckly Juice                                                                                        
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Horrible Harry                                                                                     
Skippyjon Jones
The Littles


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