May 2, 2010

Reading Buddies

"Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn't like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets he's on his way to being the smartest boy in the world"

I'm in the middle of planning my spring Reading Buddies session. Reading Buddies is a program where children in grades 1-4 are given the opportunity to practice reading with a volunteer as well as do literacy games and activities together in a group. It's one of my favourite programs as it's such a wonderful gift to watch the children's progress.

I plan to use The Incredible Book Eating Boy as the anchor text for this session. I love the idea of Henry swallowing words to become smarter.

Using this idea, we're going to track any new words we learn this session by "feeding" them to a cardboard cutout of Henry, and then review them the last week. I'm really jazzed about this idea and hope the children will be as excited about it as I am.

1 comment:

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