Friday, September 28, 2012
Finding a "Just Right" Book
Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians, is a MUST HAVE book if you are teaching your students how to find a 'just right' book. If you are a teacher of elementary students and don't have this book, you need to click HERE and get it!
When I teach about finding a "just right" book, I start with a brown paper bag. Paper bags in my classroom equal mystery and students will perk up just because they want to know what's in the bag. It's a great way to get students attention and keep it!
I start by telling my students that I am going to go for a run while they are out at recess and I need to change my shoes.
I pull out a a shoe clearly NOT good for running and all my first graders laugh at the thought of me running in a wedge sandal! They tell me, "No Mrs. Doran! You need a tennis shoe!" I laugh and tell them they're right and thankfully I have a tennis shoe in my bag and then I pull out my toddler's little tennis shoe and again they burst into laughter!
The point is to do something and do it well, you have to practice with something that is a 'good fit' for you. And just like you need comfortable shoes to run in, you also need comfortable books to read in.
The shoe example is great because students can understand that you need to have an appropriate shoe to run in. Once they think about this, it's easier for them to make the transfer to reading.
After I finally pull out the "Just Right" shoe, I read Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians about the importance (and how to find) the "Just Right" book.
Don't forget to go get the book... Click HERE.