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Environmental Print in the Classroom: Meaningful Connections for Learning to Read

by Jennifer Prior, Ph.D. and Maureen Gerard

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Environmental Print in the Classroom: Meaningful Connections for Learning to Read

Grades K – 2
Type Book
Pages 144
Published September 2004
Publisher International Reading Association



Find out how you can use environmental print as an instructional tool in your preschool and early elementary classroom. This book

  • Describes games, activities, and centers that use environmental print
  • Shows how to use environmental print to create a curriculum and assess students’ print awareness and sight word vocabulary
  • Gives recommendations for helping parents assist their children in learning to read using environmental print

Although kindergarten students are the focus of the book, you also will find ideas for preschoolers and for more advanced learners.

Prior, J., & Gerard, M.R. (2004). Environmental Print in the Classroom: Meaningful Connections for Learning to Read. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

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Grades   K – 1  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

From Stop Signs to the Golden Arches: Environmental Print

Students bring the print-rich environment of the community into the classroom through the use of environmental print, enabling emergent readers to delight in the realization that they are indeed readers.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Stop Signs, McDonald's, and Cheerios: Writing With Environmental Print

Students use logos from everyday life to identify individual letters and then create their own captions for the images.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Inspire Healthful Reading Using Unconventional Texts

This minilesson encourages children to seek out and appropriately react to nutrition labels and to make healthy food choices, integrating science, math, health, and literacy.