Friday, April 1, 2016


Linda: We love making books with children!  Our students see themselves as authors and illustrators as soon as we finish our very first book in August. At one time, we had this assessment question for literature from our school district: “Who is your favorite author?”  Many children answered by saying, “Me!”  

Lisa: As April begins, it’s fascinating to see our August students now! They no longer rely on repetitive text such as “Red, red, I see red,” but are decoding actual text!  And they love making their own books! So we have created this FREE simple emergent reader on Community Helpers and for that tricky sight word "said."  

Linda: Our emergent readers always reinforce a concept or theme but we also create the pages to help the students learn a new sight word.  We’re beginning our community helper unit soon and created this emergent reader which can be yours by clicking on this picture of the product cover: 

Lisa: There are 8 different community helpers included so pick out the pages you want for your student books and let them write “I” and “said” on each page.  At a literacy station, we work on one page a day for the helper we are studying.  The background illustrations are created by the students with crayons or colored pencils. 

Be sure to click on any of the photos above to get this free emergent reader before it’s added to our TpT store in a few weeks!

Before the children take home any book, we always sit together and read it one more time.  Here’s my class holding up their community helpers collage book, Oh, What Can I Be?  They are showing their favorite helper and each collage is so unique!! 

Happy Teaching!

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