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Authoring Custom Alphabet Books
The cost of this set of sketchbooks, colored pencils, sharpeners, and more is $372, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
This fall I will be teaching first grade in a Spanish / English dual immersion school in Sonoma, California. We are a community centered school and believe in connecting the curriculum to the students' lives and experiences so that it is relevant and builds upon their backgrounds. This year in first grade, students will be learning to read and write. They will need many opportunities to develop both of these skills. One of the keys to developing a love for reading and writing is to make it authentic and enjoyable.
One of the best ways to develop the reading and writing connection is for students to become authors of their own books. When students become authors of their own books, they have a true purpose for writing and an incentive to do it well. They also want to read and share their books many times.
Alphabet books are a natural way for students to step into writing. They are one of the most common genres for children's books, so they will have good models to draw from. Alphabet books can be on any theme and they can be as simple or advanced as the reader needs. With these artist sketch books, pencils and storage boxes, each student will be equipped with the tools necessary to create a beautiful alphabet book around a theme of their choosing. Some ideas for alphabet book themes that truly connect to the students are school, family, animals, themselves, etc. With the inspiration of a self selected theme and these quality materials, students will be excited to write their own books, read and reread them, and share them with others.
In the beginning of first grade, we focus heavily on phonics to help students develop automaticity in letter-sound correspondance. The magnetic letters will be used to study the sounds and phonics associated with each letter. We will use them to build words pertaining to their alphabet theme book and to focus on the letter for each page.
I have used this teaching strategy in the past and it is a great motivator. When students see themselves as authors, they are encouraged to write more, share more, and read more. It is a nurturing way to teach students literacy. You can help students become successful writers and readers! Thank you.
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