Here it is! The 4th fall activity this month. I think next I want to do something for Halloween. I think I’ve finally worked fall out of my system. 🙂 But anyway, this is such a cute fall emergent reader and worksheets. I know there are already a lot of fall emergent readers around, but I did this one just because I wanted to. It was fun to create and I had such a fun time doing it. I love those kinds of projects.
I’m a big proponent of emergent readers for beginner readers. And I’m talking about emergent readers with controlled vocabulary and repetitive text. Hopefully it also has expanded spacing as well. These are things that are important to the truly beginning, new or struggling reader. By controlling the vocabulary, sentence frame and word spacing, you are much more likely to have a successful reader. And even though the student may not articulate it, they appreciate the efforts towards making those 3 things happen. I know, because after using my own books similar to the one above with expanded spacing with my students, one day I used a quarter book that I’d printed off as a freebie from the internet. (4 book pages per sheet) Almost immediately, one of my students asked me why the words were so small. They were use to the books I created which had the words big enough that they could track with their finger. Expanded spacing was important to them.
All students will not need to spend a lot of time at this level or maybe any time at all. But other students will spend a tremendous amount of time at this point, so you’ll need lots of varying tools to fill your tool box.
All Things Fall Emergent Reader and Worksheets
All Things Fall emergent reader is a little different from what I normally create. A little, but not too much. First, it has a color book cover. Normally I don’t include those. I did this time, not for the purpose of student book copies, but for printing only one or maybe two copies since it uses so much color ink. I thought it might be useful for teacher book copies, reading or listening center copies, etc.
The book itself is 10 blackline pages of fall fun. The sentence frame is the same on all the pages (as in the picture above) except for the last two pages. Picture cues are on all pages along with expanded text. Sight words and vocabulary words are listed separately on their own pages so that they can be reviewed before reading the book. The vocabulary words come with and without pictures as supports. (new for me) The two pages that do not follow the sentence frame are simple sentences or phrases, heavy on sight and vocabulary words and have picture cues.
Simple comprehension worksheets were created to see if the students remembered what they’d read in the story. Two versions … one with picture cues and one without as well as a couple of worksheets to assess the concept of fall. Last, 2 color words sheets in both English and Spanish.
I kind of wish I could do this project all over again it was so much fun to create. But now it’s on to something Halloween, I think. If you’d like to use this reader and worksheets with your students, click below.
If you’re interested in using emergent readers in your classroom or reading about how I used them in mine, you can read more about that in this blog post. I’ve read lately where there’s research saying beginning readers have to begin decoding words instead of using a cueing system. I don’t disagree with that. But I also know that all children do not read in the same way or at the same time. So I always filled my tool box with as many varied tools as I could. I taught my students decoding skills, sight words, to look at the pictures, context clues, whatever was available to make them a successful reader. We relied heavily on decoding skills and sight words for most students, but you can’t get so bogged down in the decoding that you lose the comprehension. You also have to have fluency. It all has to work hand in hand. So you use whatever it takes to make it all work. It’s not the method that matters. It’s the child’s success that matters. And a large part of that success is how they feel about themselves as readers. They need to feel success from the beginning and then you have to build on that success.
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