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Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon

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Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 20- to 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sue Ornstein

Chappaqua, New York

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

Students read rebus versions of nursery rhymes online and identify the main character in each rhyme. Then, during a shared reading of the Big Book The Enormous Watermelon, they locate the nursery rhyme characters within the story. Following the story, students use the high-frequency words from the book to play a matching game to integrate these words into their sight vocabulary.

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  • Rebus Rhymes: This website will provide students with visual clues and stimulating graphics to encourage independent reading.

  • The Enormous Watermelon retold by Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith (Mimosa Publications, 1997): Your students will enjoy locating and identifying the names of recognizable nursery rhyme characters within the text of this book.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Askew, B.J., & Fountas, I.C. (1998). Building an early reading process: Active from the start! The Reading Teacher, 52, 126-134.

  • Active learners take initiative in their learning and make links using their prior knowledge.

  • Children learn from activity and by discovery, and the teacher must serve as a guide so that children know how to engage meaningfully in a learning experience.

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