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After finishing the lesson, students will be able to create their own first book using the sight words ("I," "See," "The"). Students will be able to read their books aloud to an adult or peer.
- Ask students, "How many of you have ever read a book by yourself? Please raise your hand."
- Say, "Today, we are going to write our own books and learn how to read them. Here are three words we are all going to use."
- Show the three sight words to the students.
- Say, "Raise your hand if you know any of these words."
- Select students to read the three sight words.
- Say, "I want everyone to repeat after me: I, see, the." Point to the word as you say it.
- Introduce or review the sight words and their meanings in both English and students' home language (L1).
- Have students practice saying each of the sight words as you point to them. Play a quick memory game by displaying, then covering the sight word and having students differentiate between the three new words.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Have the students gather around the flip chart.
- Pre-select five different easily identifiable pictures to use in a class book. The book will have five pages in total.
- On each page write the sentence, "I see the __ __ __ __."
- Randomly select a student to pick one of the five pictures.
- Collectively have the students complete the sentence. For example, "I see the dog."
- Paste the picture of a dog above the sentence on the page.
- Model how to point to each of the words in the sentence and say the word as you point.
- Have students echo read the sentence after you.
- Have students repeat the sentence to a partner using pre-written word cards.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Have the students approach the flip chart in pairs or groups of three.
- Point to each word in the sentence and read it aloud.
- Have the students repeat the words after you.
- Repeat until everyone has had a turn to read aloud.
- Students should be familiar with the sight words; the picture will prompt them of the noun in each sentence.
- Gather a small group of students and have them work with a teacher to practice reading the page as a group.
- Have students practice reading the page a second time with the support of their group.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Have the students work independently at their desks.
- Provide each student with three sheets of colored paper.
- Have them align all the sheets and fold them in half horizontally. They should then staple the sheet of paper at the top on the crease.
- Tell them to use the first page as the title page.
- Tell them to write the title, "I See," and "by [their names]."
- At the bottom of each of the five pages, have students write the incomplete sentence: "I see the __ __ __ __."
- Allow the students to cut and paste the pictures for all five pages.
- The teacher will complete the sentence with the word that represents the picture selected by the student.
- The sentences can be pre-written in advance with a space left to fill in the noun.
- Pre-write the sentences on the board for reference and pre-fold the papers to prep the student books.
- Work with a smaller group of students to read the sentences aloud as they assemble each page of their books.
- Have students share their sentences with a partner.
Enrichment: Allow advanced students to make longer books using more complex sentences, e.g. "I see the red hen."
- Support: Mass-produce the books for struggling students and allow them to color in the pictures.
- Have a mini-conference with each student.
- Allow them to read their unique books to you.
- Practice reading the books aloud with students individually.
- Ask them to point to each sight word on the page to check for their ability to differentiate between sight words.
- Pair students with a partner to read aloud their books. As they share, listen to their ability to correctly read and identify the sight words.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Have the students come together and read the class book again.
- Read aloud several of the books and have students echo-read each page after you.
- Have students chorally read the books aloud with you.