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I Can Read!


On an easel pad write "This is a plant." Introduce the sentence to students. Model reading it aloud and invite the class to read along as you point to each word. Then invite individual students to come up and read aloud as they point to the words. Next, introduce additional sentences to the easel pad. Each sentence should have a picture at the end of the sentence to illustrate it.

Some possible sentences to write and illustrate include the following:

  • This is a tree. [picture of tree]
  • This is a flower. [picture of flower]
  • This is a pumpkin plant. [picture of pumpkin plant]
  • This is a cotton plant. [picture of cotton plant]
Model reading each sentence for children. Then invite children to use the predictable text to "read" the plant sentences themselves.

Pictures can be cut from magazines or hand drawn. Or you can usually find a nice photo image to copy and paste by searching Google Images for "cotton plant" and other terms.


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