Reading Investigations

Every family member can learn/practice comprehension skills with wordless picture books!
  • Today’s reading investigation: Comprehension skills. In every avenue of life we are making meaning from symbols. Reading words is not the only way we make meaning (comprehension). Reading includes numbers, symbols, visual signs, verbal decoding, and guided touch. The above titles are chosen for this skill building discovery.
  • Family Sharing: What do you know about wordless picture books?” *Invite everyone to share. Wordless picture books are told through their illustrations. These books are delightful, literacy-rich, story books.
  • Discuss which books each family member would choose for further explorations.
  • Next: From the slide above, make a “request” list of 7 book titles to be read each night/day for a week (book titles and authors are listed below).
  • Family Field Trip: Take a trip to Battle Ground’s Fort Vancouver Library. At the library, head over to the children’s picture book area. Use your list to locate the books from this slide. Books will be shelved by the author’s last name, first name. If you cannot locate the book or author, ask the librarian staff to help you.
  • At Home Family Read Aloud: Share one of the titles. Once the family has viewed the book, have everyone gather their materials for their story writing opportunity.
  • Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons
  • Remind them to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
  • Next: Allow everyone 10-15 minutes to put their thoughts on paper about the wordless book they just experienced. They are re-telling the story (B-M-E) in their own words. This is a great moment to check their spelling and their penmanship (proper letter formation including the ascenders and descenders placement). Inspire them to value their penmanship. When they put their thoughts on paper, it becomes an individual representation to an audience (reader). Their penning, of their thoughts, becomes the only representation of their personal connections, learning, and or creations. Ask them: “Are you satisfied with today’s writing? Could it be hung in a museum?”
  • Skill Discussion: “Let’s share what you’ve penned! Encourage every to share… including your youngest. Spend a few moments sharing how you made choices when you were their age (include the titles or what your book was about, as well as why it remains a “Good Fit” favorite).
  • Continued Wordless Explorations: Encourage them to enjoy all of the books from the library. Change the process (older/younger pairs; illustrated B-M-E with short phrase descriptions; comic strip boxes, etc.).
  • Discussion Follow-up: Inquiries: Which pictures helped you tell the story?; “What was your favorite part of the story?”; “Have you experienced a part of the story?”
Mr. Wuffles:
David Wiesner
A Ball for Daisy:
Chris Raschka
Bill Thomson
The Lion and the Mouse:
Jerry Pinkney (lion cover)
I Got It!
David Wiesner
Red Sled:
Lita Judge
Time Flies:
Eric Rohmann
Have You Seen My Duckling?
Nancy Tafuri
Peter Spier
Beaver is Lost:
Elisha Cooper
Bill Thompson
The Secret Box: Barbara Lehman
(blue cover with tag)
Good Dog Carl:
Alexandra Day
Hank Finds An Egg:
Rebecca Dudley
David Wiesner
The Red Book: Barbara Lehman
(red cover with boy running)
Aaron Becker
The Snowman:
Raymond Briggs
Anno’s Journey:
Mitsumaso Anno
Museum Trip: Barbara Lehman
(white cover with boy)
Suzy Lee
A boy, a dog, and a frog:
Mercer Mayer
Sector 7: David Wiesner
(factory in the clouds cover)
Wordless Picture Books

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