Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A Big Book Literacy Lesson Plan.

Literacy Lesson Plan Example 

"Look at Me"


Literacy Skills  in this Lesson


Concepts About Print

Picture interpretation
One to one matching
Vocabulary exploration
Left to right tracking 

Sight Words

look   at   I  am   me  a


Phonemic Awareness

Identify environmental sounds
Differentiate between sounds
Recognise beginning,  middle and end sounds of a word  
Recognise the sound "t" and the letter name for this sound
Identify rhyming sounds for "ook"


Comprehension Skills

Reading is much more than mastering the mechanical skills of print, sight words and phonics. When we enter the world of literature, we enter the world we create in our minds. To have meaning and to want to repeat the experience, reading needs to be personalised.
For older children comprehension is often their weakest skill, the missing link that will give their reading meaning, value and purpose. To grow comprehension skills we need to grow imagination. This resource and lesson plan seeks to nurture imagination. 


Lesson in Action: Introduction 

Place the Big Book "Look at Me" in the Teaching Stand.
Read slowly allowing for interruptions and comments; a free flow of thoughts and ideas.
Choose a favourite character and probe for understanding. Where do they live? What do they eat? Where do they sleep at night? What sounds do they make? What is the colours of their coat or costume?
Invite the children to move like each character, and develop a story for each character. You may only get to do this with one or two characters. It will depend on how deep you probe with your questioning and the energy levels of the children. Always question yourself as the teacher: Is everyone still engaged or do we need to move on?


Follow-up Action

Have painting material ready; big brushes,  clean paint and large paper so the children can paint their favourite character. As each child moves off to paint ask them to show you how their character moves, what their character might be doing and what we might see in their painting, so the imagination is activated as they begin to paint.
Or  use this process with collage paper ready in a range of colours and textures. Also have available large clean pieces of sturdy paper to create the collage on, with easy to manage scissors and paste.


As children complete their work, set the artwork aside.
Gather together and turn to the Tiger page in the "Look at Me" Big Book.
Ask the children to guess the sound that this animal begins with.
Does anyone in the group or class name begin with this sound?
Are there any objects you can see that begin with this sound?
Play "Eye Spy with my little eye something that begins with the sound "t".
 Make a large card for display with the word "look", encourage children to tell you words that rhyme with this word. Clap, jump, hop and dance with the these words.


Re-read the Big Book "Look at Me"
If there is time allow children who wish to show and talk about their artwork.
Name, frame and display everyone's artwork.



Repetition allows the child to feel in control of their learning, as the activities associated with the reading of the Big Book become more and more familar to them.
The next day return to the Big Book "Look at Me".
Ask a child to act as "teacher" and guide the group or class through the reading of the book.
Focus on one to one matching, voice pointing and left to right tracking across the page.
Ask the children to find words they know.
Have the sight words: look, at, I am, me, a, on cards so the children can match them to the words on the page.
Also have the letter "t" on a card and ask the children to indentify the sound this letter makes.
Look at, discuss and enjoy their displayed artwork.
Retell the stories of each character or animal and repeat the movement activty. Add new stories.
Make large pieces of material available for the children to dress-up and dramatise their story in small groups or individually.
Video these stories and view them as an introduction the next time you read the book.


Place the Big Book "Look at Me" in the Teachers Stand and place it on the mat or a table for the children to read in their spare time.
Create a display for the sound "t"  and encourage children to add to the display with found objects and pictures that begin with this sound.
Read the Big Book many times together and support individual children to show their growing literacy skills by reading it aloud to the group.
For those who have good grasp of the sound "t", look and listen for "t" at the end and in the middle of words. build a list of these words and/or images. Move to another character beginning sound once "t" is a easily recognised sound and letter.
Display sentences from the book as caption cards and make word cards available for children to match the words and make the sentence.
Make a mural of the characters in the story and place them on the mural left to right as the appear in the book.
Write stories for each character together as a group or class story, describing the character's world where they live, what the do and imaginary happenings. 

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