One of my favorite books to start the year off right in primary grades is the David books by David Shannon!
|Image From Kayla at The Chalkboard Garden|
3 Ways to Read a Book Mentor TextWhen using it to set literacy expectations, it is a great book to read as a mentor text for a 3 Ways to Read a Book lesson. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Daily 5 and the Sisters, they have a mini lesson where they teach their students the 3 ways that readers might "read" a book during Read to Self. They are:
1. Read the Pictures
2. Read the Words
3. Retell the Story
I like this lesson so much, because it really makes ALL the students in the room readers. In one simple lesson, the emergent readers, as well as those who are decoding and reading fluently, can read and practice stamina. The two anchor charts below are both examples from my building using
No, David to teach the 3 ways to read a book.
|This anchor chart was in Molly Surma'a kindergarten room, and actually has a picture of each child reading, using one of the ways to read a book, during their stamina practice.|
|Ms. Gelacio's chart, just waiting for her kindergartners to arrive.|
These are both anchor charts of the "bad choices" David made. The first one is from Lucy Carrera's bilingual kindergarten, and the 2nd is from Molly Surma's class. They also posted the "good choices" David made as well.
These "Davids" were made by Sarah Berry's first graders. They wrote the lessons they learned about behavior from David on the shirts.
Students come to school with so many emotions, and David is a very helpful resource when it comes to naming them and helping them pay attention to body language of themselves and others. Below is a graphic that might help name feelings students' are feeling, especially during team building and cooperative activities. Right from the beginning, if we train our students to be aware of their own feelings as well as those of their classmates, our rooms will be more conducive to learning.
|Image from Kayla at the Chalkboard Garden|
Year Long Mentor Text Possibilities
No, David is a mentor text! Don't just use it at the beginning of the year. Come back to it all year long!
Think about it... If you start to think about all the things that, throughout the year, David can teach us, you will soon see it as one of the well loved books that keeps coming back, again and again and again. Let me list a few mini lessons off the top of my head:
- Fluency lessons: Just imagine the fluency you can model with all the yelling, text sizes, and punctuation in that book.
- Inferring character's feelings: Our little friend David goes through quite the emotional changes through the course of the book. Just look at his face and body language- they say so much!
- Themes: There are few books that teach the theme of compassion and forgiveness like No, David. Just think about the end of the book when David's teacher gives him a gold star, even after his naughtiness. Or perhaps when his friends are waiting to play with him, despite his behavior in school. What a great lesson for our kids.
- Character Development: Read a few of the David books together, and you have a character study.
- Personal Narrative Genre: This is an excellent example of a personal narrative. David Shannon wrote the stories about himself as a child. What a great way to get kids writing stories that are true about them!
- Vocabulary: The reading level for the book is in the first grade band, but there are a few good words that could be vocabulary words. "NO! It's not my fault! I didn't mean to! It was an accident!" Ask any young kid to define "accident" and you have a good discussion. :)
- 3 Ways to Read a Book: The text is nice and simple to read, the pictures practically tell the story all on their own, and the kids love to retell this one!
- Rereading Text: Kids are always so hesitant to read texts more than once, but for some reason David allows them to do that. The David books are often the ones that fall apart due to overuse.
- Voice: One of our 6 Traits of good writing is found abundantly in the words of the No, David! books.
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