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Shared reading is a time when students and teachers experience a real sense of community. 

Students feel like readers, as they “read” and enjoy big books and poems on large chart paper.  The teacher points to the words as the children “read” in unison.  This allows children to experience the joy of feeling like readers even on the first day of school.  To make the experience even more worthwhile, look for “skills in context”!

We talk about where these letters occur in each word and say the words slowly to notice where we hear the sounds.   This allows students to see the reason we are learning the sounds of the letters.

Students locate a particular letter within the context of a big book or a poem on large chart paper. 

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Shared Reading - Skills in Context During Shared Reading

As the year progresses, we find blends, digraphs, rhyming words, sight words, compound words, contractions, etc.  You can differentiate by doing that from day one and direct your questioning for more complex items to the students you know are capable of responding.  Here is a FREE reference sheet that contains a list of things you might ask students to locate.

I use removable highlighting tape to locate the letters on the large poem charts and in big books.  I suggest using the WIDE tape, so that items can be highlighted more visibly.  I cut them in a variety of sizes and place them on a laminated piece of construction paper.  We peel them off as needed and then put them back onto the laminated paper after we have finished a highlighting session.  Amazon also sells refills in light green, yellow, purple, and blue.

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I have also used “frames” in a variety of sizes to “frame” letters and words of varying sizes.  You can create them by cutting out rectangles of card stock and then cutting a window within the rectangles to create frames.  The frames can be taped onto a ruler. Ask students to come and “frame” particular letters, words, punctuation, phonemes, etc.

Students can also be asked to find the letters, phonetic elements, or words in individual copies of the poems, using a highlighter.

A balanced approach to literacy should incorporate phonics into meaningful context and give students a purpose for learning phonics. 

Students need the necessary drill and practice to master phonics as well.

Be sure to checkout my other blog posts on Phonics here.

If you have not downloaded my FREE Presentation with Phonics as the Key to Balanced Literacy, you can do so here. It explains many procedures and strategies that I use in my classroom.

It also has over a dozen FREEBIES as well as promos for other resources you might find helpful.

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Here is a set of Back to School Poems that you can use for Shared Reading.

Back To School Activities: Poems & Songs

This resource includes 15 poems in color and blackline. You can choose the ones you like best.

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Winter Activities:  Poems, Songs, Finger Plays and Chants in Color & BW
New Year's 2019 Activities: Poems / Songs  - Shared Reading Fluency
Groundhog Day Activities: Poems and Songs for Shared Reading and Fluency
Mardi Gras Activities: Poems / Songs - Shared Reading & Fluency - Color & BW
100th Day of School Activities: Poems / Songs for Kindergarten and First Grade
Easter Activities:   Poems, Songs & Finger Puppets
Cinco de Mayo Activities:  Poems and Songs - Shared Reading and Fluency
Flag Day Poems, Songs & Finger Puppets!
Summer Beach Poems/Songs - (Summer) Color and B/W To Color-Summer School
Fall Activities: Poems, Songs and Finger Plays for Autumn Shared Reading
Chanukah Poems / Songs / and Chants-Shared Reading & Fluency
Hanukkah Activities: Poems / Songs / and Chants-Shared Reading & Fluency
Chinese New Year 2019 Activities: Poems / Songs- Shared Reading & Fluency
Presidents' Day Activities: Poems and Songs for Shared Reading or Fluency
St. Patrick's Day Poems
April Fool's Day Poems & Songs For Shared Reading or Fluency
Mother's Day Activities:  Poems / Songs-Color & B/W - Shared Reading and Fluency
Memorial Day Poems/Songs - 16 Poems + 6 Finger Puppets Shared Rdg & Fluency
Fourth of July Songs, Poems & Finger Puppets - Summer School Activities!
Leap Year Poems/Songs
Fire Safety Poems, Songs, and Chants
Thanksgiving Activities: Poems and Songs
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities: Poems / Songs - Shared Reading & Fluency
Dental Health Poems and Songs For Shared Reading and Fluency
Valentine's Day Activities:  Poems & Songs for Shared Reading
Spring Activities: Songs, Poems, and Finger Puppets!
Earth Day Activities: Poems & Songs
End of the Year Activities: Songs and Poems
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Father's Day Poems & Songs - 2 Versions - Color & B/W
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