Lesson Plan

Reading Without Words

Playing make-believe and telling stories are favorite childhood pastimes. Thus, no matter their reading level, students will love the opportunity to “read” to others and explore pictures as they take a walk through books.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to ask and answer questions about illustrations as they preview a book.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(10 minutes)
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  • Begin by showing students the cover of a book that the class has already read together.
  • Ask students to talk about what they see on the cover. (For example, for a book like Where the Wild Things Are, students should mention Max or the Wild Things.)
  • Then, open up the book and show the students the different pictures. Slowly flip through the book from beginning to end, allowing students to tell details about what they see and what is happening in the pictures on each page.
  • At the end of the book, point out to students that they have just told the whole story without reading any of the words. They only used the illustrations, or pictures. Isn’t that amazing?

Beginning

  • Provide students with individual copies of the read-aloud text.

Intermediate

  • Provide sentence stems for students to utilize when sharing verbally with the group, such as "I see __ ___ ___ ______ __ ___ ___ ______."