Learn How To Read For Kids With A Letter Graph
Language Arts For Kids
Reading for kids is made easy when graphing letters with a letter graph for kids, Elliot and myABCdad Learning for Kids.
Good stories and information books are often great ways to get stuck in to language. You can talk about the front cover, the title, the author and the pictures. While reading the story perhaps you stop from time to time to ask what might happen next. You get to the end and then what?
Maybe you have read the story several times already, so asking about the cover, the title and so on becomes a wee bit mind numbing. The thing is, they really enjoy listening to the story again and again. They even start recognizing some letters and words. Perhaps they trace the text for you while you read. Still, you get to the end and whilst you are certain language connections could carry on, you remain perplexed as to how.
Inspiring Kids To Write
Elliot and I invite you to give this a try. Start with an Action Leaf and model writing for a reason. The reason being, some form of super action initiated by them. Describe it, read it aloud and celebrate it by sticking it on an Action Tree. Make it visible and colourful so that they can reflect from time to time. Then use the words of the meaningful message to dig deeper into the whole language of the text with the Letter Graph. Hunt for, count and graph letters throughout and give language learning a big Mathematics kiss. Repeat the process several times with different great snippets of rich literature and before long, they will be the ones writing to you or others.
Introducing The Letter Graph
Welcome to the Letter Graph, a great activity which extends language learning and at the same time dips into Mathematics. Copy and write a few sentences or even a page of words from their favourite story, or in our case in this video post, text from an Action Leaf. Next, choose three letters and find them in the text. Graph totals and compare.
In Kindergarten classrooms, typically I used the letter graph to help explore a page of text from a familiar book. The book would be connected to a unit of study. I would prepare a letter graph beforehand, typing the text and then choosing the letters to find and graph.
The Letter Graph that we use in this video is available for download. Instead of our message, blank lines are available to write something that matters to you and yours. The download includes six letters (Ss, Aa, Tt, Pp, Ii, Nn) to choose from. There are also three versions, each with a different number of lines and rows to graph totals. This resource offers choice, which helps get children involved.
After finding letters, Elliot and I finish The Letter Graph by graphing letter totals and comparing the results. Effectively language learning and math rolled into one. I can’t wait to have a go at The Word Graph and The Word Size Graph.
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