To help set the stage for today's book, The Foot Book, I tell the children that they can join me on our classroom rug, but to leave their shoes at their seats.
Boys and girls, join me on the perimeter of our rug. How many of you remembered to wear your silly socks, today? I know that some of you forgot--so did I, but it is still fun to walk around the classroom with our shoes off. Since we are on the edge of the rug and in an oval, I thought it would be fun to sing and dance to the hokey-pokey. Let's see if you remember the movements to the song. "You put your right foot in. You put your right foot out. You put your right foot in and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey-pokey and you turn yourself about. That's what it's all about!"
We continue through the whole song and then sit on the rug. The children are ready to hear the story.
You know that I love to read books two times--once for the enjoyment of the story, and once to do some work. Today I am going to teach you a new way to look at a book. It is called circle reading. I have eight copies of The Foot Book. I would like you to sit in a mini-circle on the rug with your friends from your tables. Each group will get one book to share. I will read a page aloud, and the person with the book will echo me. When we move on to another page, you will pass the book to the person on your right. I will read again, they will echo, and then we'll pass the book. We will do this for every page in the story. Everyone will get a turn to hold the book and read along. Let's give it a try, shall we?
By doing this, no one should feel left out and we can work on directionality in reading. It is helpful to have a book in front of the students as you read so they can make a connection with the words.
I have one more activity for you in regards to The Foot Book. This is a game for you to play with friends during our Word Work time. I have made a mat that is covered in footprints. On each of the footprints I have written some of the basic sight words. Some of the words will be easy to you, and some will be difficult for you to read, at first. The more you practice, the better you will become at reading the words.
To play the game, you will need to close your eyes and pick a cube out of the cup. There is a colored cube for each of the colors of footprints on the mat. Whatever color you choose, that is the color of the footprints you must read and follow for this game. When it is your turn, you will read the first footprint. If you read correctly, you get to move on to the next footprint. If you read it incorrectly, you will stay put. A friend can tell you the word, if you do not know it, but you cannot move on until the next turn. The first person to read all of their footprints is the winner for that round.
Put the cubes back into the cup, shake them a little and then select a new cube to play the game again. I will be able to tell who has been practicing their words when I check with you later in the week and have you read your word lists. Have fun, but also help your friends so that they can learn the new words, too.
At the end of the game, any words that you could not read, you should write on a card to take home and practice. This way you can learn to read and write new words.