Reading big books is a good opportunity to model reading behaviours and to encourage students to discuss texts using the language of written texts.
Activity 1: sharing big books
When reading a big book to the class follow this pattern.
- Before reading discuss the topic and ask students about their experiences which relate to the topic to ensure students are familiar with the concepts.
- Discuss the cover and have students guess or predict what it will be about, record predictions so the class can check to see later if they were correct.
- Read the book aloud and while reading 'think aloud' about what is happening, for example, 'I wonder where/how/why ...' Let students answer your thoughts as they become engaged in the story and you model your thinking process while reading.
- Encourage students to comment and to ask and answer questions about the book.
- On subsequent readings you can use post-it notes to cover words and ask students to predict the missing word – discuss each suggestion to see if it could make sense before revealing the missing word.
Australian curriculum reference: ACELY1650: Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently.
NSW syllabus reference: ENe-4A: Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently.
NSW literacy continuum reference: Comprehension, Cluster 4, Marker 5: Builds understandings of a topic by identifying key facts in texts in print and on screen.