Each day, I have the students gather on the rug for story time. Today we will gather to share the story, Eat Your Peas Louise! by Pegeen Snow. (If you ordered books through Scholastic Seesaw Book Clubs, this was one of the free books for ordering in October, 2013.) Before introducing the story, initiate a conversation with the children talking about a time when you remember having to sit at the table until you finished a meal.
Boys and girls, do you ever remember a time when your parents would not let you leave the table until you finished your meal? The book that I am going to read to you is about a girl named Louise who will not eat her peas. Why do you think Louise will not eat her peas?
As the children listen to the title, see if they notice anything specific about the way it sounds (Rhyming words). Do you notice anything unique about the title? That's right, peas and Louise rhyme. While I am reading the story, I would like you to look for rhymes as well as try to figure out why Louise will not eat her peas.
I work a lot with teaching rhyme to my students. I think that it is important for teaching phonemic awareness, plus I think the children enjoy the playfulness of rhyme. Rhyming is a precursor to learning how to read and write.
As I read this story, remember that rhyming words end with similar sounds. So listen for these types of words.
I read through the story, once for enjoyment and once to accomplish our task at hand. My students are used to this method of listening to stories. It helps them to become better listeners and responders. As we work through the story for the second time, I begin a chart of rhyming words that rhyme with Louise.
Children as I read through the story a second time, watch for the words that rhyme with Louise, and as you notice them, raise your hand. I will write down the words that you tell me to add to this list.
We look at the word list and look for similarities in how the words are spelled, as well as how they sound. Do you notice how some words are spelled alike, and some are not? Words that rhyme can sound alike, but are not always spelled the same, like in the words Louise and peas.
The last part of this lesson focuses on applying what the children have heard to writing on a journal-like page. On this page, the children are asked to write about something that they do and do not like to eat. The reason I have the children do this writing piece is so that I can tell if the child can take the ideas from the text and apply them to their own lives. The pages are then illustrated to match the ideas expressed and then put together to create a class book. The class book is sent home as a take-home book to be shared with the children's families.
Now that you have listened to the story about Louise, I would like you to write about a food that you do not like to eat as well as a food that you love to eat. Once you have finished your page, you will give it to me and I will put all of the pages together into a class book. The book can travel to each of your houses to share with your families.