What Guides Your Shared Reading?

I have been doing a lot of work with preschool teachers the last few weeks on effective teaching ideas for shared reading.  These teachers are lucky to have F&P Classroom Shared Reading as a program.  Even though they have the resources it can still be a daunting task if shared reading is something new.  I thought I would take some time and give some of my favorite shared reading strategies!

Highlighter flags 

First my GO TO reading materials:

  • Big Books
  • Highlighter Tape or Flags
  • Wikki Stix
  • Post its
  • Chart Paper

I keep these materials accessible at all times!  

My Planning Method:

For shared reading you are using the same big book or text for 5 days.  I personally like to plan my 5 days all at once.  It makes my life a lot easier.  I typically follow this type of schedule:

  • Day 1: Comprehension
  • Day 2: Comprehension/Text Structure
  • Day 3: Phonemic Awareness
  • Day 4: Phonemic Awareness/Sight Words
  • Day 5: Shared Writing

Let’s break each of these down a little so we can get a better idea of how it is done.  I also want to remind you that a shared reading lesson is like 10-15 minutes long!  I often find teachers struggle with this concept and plan 30-40 minute lessons

Using post its helps me stay on track.  You can write the day number at the top or use a different color for each day!

Day 1: I always start my shared reading with comprehension.  The students need to understand the story before I can expect them to do anything else.  We ALWAYS review the title and the author.  I don’t stop them on every page, maybe around every other page.  We may discuss what is happening in the story or how it relates to them in some way.  I personally love to use this time to throw in higher level vocabulary as I have the opportunity to explain the meaning.  They are never going to learn it if we don’t expose them to it!

Day 2: The second day we review basic comprehension with an emphasis on text structure.  We may discuss bold words, speech bubbles, or pictures and captions.  This gives them important vocabulary about a text.  I also get my students involve.  I may have a student come up and circle the bold word with a Wikki Stix or trace the speech bubble with their finger.  Getting them as involved as possible helps them internalize the concepts.

The highlighter flags are great to use because only part of the are sticky.  It makes it easier to remove!

Day 3 & 4: Especially in preschool and kindergarten I always emphasize some type of phonemic awareness or sight words for day 3 and 4.  This may involve identifying rhyming words with Wikki Stix or highlighter tape.  You can cover a word, only leaving the initial letter to be seen, with a post it and have them practice getting their mouths ready to pronounce the sound of that letter and then identify what the hidden word is.  This might be a time to look for letters in a text.  Maybe say I see a word that makes the /t/ sound can anyone come up and find it?  They can point or use highlighter tape to identify it.  

Day 5: Shared writing is a big skill.  This is a great time to work with your students to understand concepts of writing and text.  You will want to emphasize that you start writing on the left and you continue to the right, where you start on the page, how you wrote a capital letter, and used punctuation.  The best part of this is you are writing what your students are saying.  Let them do the thinking and speaking here.  Give them time to express their thoughts with a partner, you will be amazed at what they come up with!

I hope this little overview helps give you some strategies for easy shared reading activities!

I always love your feedback so let me know how it goes!

Beach Bum Literacy Chick