So this week Joy Cowley and Ratty-Tatty helped us learn about nouns. Here's how that adventure played out.
1. We read Ratty-Tatty.
2. We made lists of things the kids saw in the pictures of two different pages. As the kids called out the words, I sorted them into groups but didn't tell the kids why. When the lists were finished, I asked them what they noticed. One reader said that they were people, things, and places. That's when I labeled the columns and listed these words as nouns.
3. The kids then hunted for nouns in the room and wrote them on their whiteboards.
4. After reading Ratty-Tatty on the next day and reviewing what nouns were, I gave everyone a copy of a page from the book. They labeled all the nouns in the picture. They also eventually circled the nouns in the text.
6. On our final day after another reading of our book, we created a classroom book. Each child drew their favorite nouns.
Shared reading is a practice worth using daily. Give me a big book (or other large text) and I can teach most any reading skill while never venturing far from real literature and contextual understanding.
(No worksheets were harmed in the making of these lessons.)