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Do you use Picture Books to teach reading?
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I've seen in a few workshops that I've attended, they use picture books in the upper grades to teach comprehension skills and strategies.

Do any of you use these and if you do, what books and skills?

So far, I've compiled the following list and want to add to it. I will be looping with my class to 4th and have some on very low reading levels and think this would be great for them, as well as my higher readers.

The Wolf's Chicken Stew - Prediction, 100th day activities, integrating math (recipes)

Big Chickens - prediction

The Seashore Book - visualization


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I love teaching comprehension skills and strategies using children's lit.

Some excellent resources

http://www.fcrta.net/PAGES/resources.html

http://www.effectiveteachingsolution...ngworkshop.htm

http://books.heinemann.com/shared/on...ssonMatrix.pdf
(This list is from Linda Hoyt's book, Interactive Read-Alouds.)


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Strategies That Work by Stephanie Harvey
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I use the Skippy Jon Jones books by Judith Schachner to teach cause and effect and predicting. Skippy Jon is a Siamese cat who thinks he's a chihuahua. He goes on crazy adventures in his closet! Most of these are written on the third grade level. My fourth graders loved it when I pulled out these books!
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I agree with Strategies That Work for a resource although the old version actually has better and more organized lists under each comprehension strategy.

Really any great literature book can be used for any strategy but it's nice to gather certain ones that become anchor lessons that you refer back to ...."remember when we read_______and we stopped to predict?" for example.
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OMG! I knew you ladies (and gents) would come through for me. Thanks for all the links.


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There are so many great picture books out there! I love using them to teach with. Here are a few I can remember (I teach 3rd now, so some of these I don't use anymore):

*If you Give a Mouse a Cookie (or any of that series) - cause/effect

*Rosie's Walk - prepositional phrases

*Mama Had a Dancing Heart - personification

*The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Point of View

*Lon Po Po and Little Red Riding Hood - Compare/contrast

*The Jolly Postman - letter writing

*Harry is Not Hairy - homophones

*Owl Moon - similies and metaphors

*Town Mouse and Country Mouse - compare/contrast
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Check out Linda Hoyt's book.
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I read between 50 and 60 a year....

I do lots of the above mentioned ones and also author studies on Kevin Henkes, Judith Viorst, Eve Bunting, and Allan Say.
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When I was working on my reading masters several instructors recommended using picture books for the intermediate grades to help access prior knowledge, develop schema and author studies. Such as faith raingold, patricia Polacco (Thunder Cakes), Eve Bunting's FLY Away Home.
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I love using picture books to teach reading. I even used them with my 7th grade students in the previous years. Believe it or not, they seemed to enjoy them and remember them!


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Here, here to all pp's. With all of the high quality children's lit. out there, it's almost too overwhelming to try to hone in on something without getting a gazillion options, so kudos for aksing on some tried and true titles. Along with everyone's ideas so far, don't forget to see the Violet Room on proteacher...."picture books for instruction"....this is exactly what you're looking to discuss.
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Try putting it into Google and see what you come up with. For example, "pictures books to teach visualization" - you may get exactly what you need!
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I'm pretty new to 4th, but my kids LOVED when I would pull out picture books for mini-lessons! Some of my favorite ones were when we read a fiction and a nonfiction book on the same topic. Then we used them for compare/contrast or making connections. We also used them to contrast and discuss the author's purpose. These mini-lessons usually resulted in a Venn diagram, and they took a little longer since 2 stories were involved, but I loved it!
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Can you post a few titles you used for the paired books (Nf/F)?
I know the company Steck-Vaughan actually has these for guided reading, but would love to know which good picture books you've found for this purpose!
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Some powerful pairs

Segregation

The Story of Ruby Bridges (NF)
The Other Side (F)

Slavery
Freedom River (NF)
Almost to Freedom (F)

World War II
Hidden Child (NF)
Star of Fear, Star of Hope (F)

I use the Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature to find pairs. There are lots of search options (age, genre, keyword, etc.) and all the results are award-winning titles.
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Some of my favorites were:

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza and Hold the Anchovies

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever and Pumpkins (by Gibbons)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Monarch Butterfly (again, by Gibbons)

I also used some Reading A to Z nonfiction titles with familiar fiction. (I love Reading A to Z!!!)

I really like using this strategy with fiction books that have factual information within the stories, and a nonfiction book that covers the same info. This really lends itself to the compare/contrast lessons because the 2 books are so very different, yet have so much in common. Gail Gibbons books are great for this!!

Hope that helps!!
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Wow! That list from Linda Hoyt is awesome. I scan the covers of the books I share for skills are strategy read alouds for Reader's Workshop or beginning of the year community-building. I have a section below my board for "Books We've Shared". That way I can point to a cover and say, "remember how we visualized when we read...", etc. This was a great idea I got from Beth Newingham's website.

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Thank You Mr. Faulker and More Than Anything Else to discuss the importance of reading.
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Anything by Nancy Boyles is fantastic. She has a book called Constructing Meaning that is just fabulous. Lots of lesson ideas for guided reading and comprehension strategies. The book even has a extensive list of appropriate picture books that are excellent for teaching each and every strategy. Also, Pam Allyn, the author of the complete four for Literacy is excellent. She has year long plans on how to integrate your reading and writing program. Wonderful material...really.
Both are definitely worth the investment on any of thier publications.
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