Watch Together: “Read a Book Today!” (BTL clip)

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MA Standards: 

Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1: With guidance and support, demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of printed and written text: books, words, letters, and the alphabet.
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1a: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group.
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.4: Describe personal experiences
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.6: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Head Start Outcomes:

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity: Demonstrates flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness in approaching tasks and activities.
Logic and Reasoning/Problem Solving: Uses past knowledge to build new knowledge.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation & Knowledge: Demonstrates interest in different kinds of literature, such as fiction and non-fiction books and poetry, on a range of topics.
Social Emotional Development/Self-Concept: Identifies personal characteristics, preferences, thoughts, and feelings.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 1: Observe and use appropriate ways of interacting in a group (taking turns in talking; listening to peers; waiting until someone is finished; asking questions and waiting for an answer; gaining the floor in appropriate ways).
English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
English Language Arts/Language 3: Communicate personal experiences or interests.
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 13: Relate themes and information in books to personal experiences.

Watch Together: “Read a Book Today!” (BTL clip)

Before You Watch
Tell children they are going to watch the video clip Between the Lions “Read a Book Today!”

Explain to children that the lion family's home is in a library. Say, In the video the lion family tells about some of the different types of books in the library. Give children a focus prompt by asking them to listen to all the different types of books that the Lion family introduces. Have them think about what kind of book they might like to read.

As You Watch
Pause during the opening scenes and point out the library shelves full of books behind the lion characters. 

  • Pause after different genres are mentioned. Give a few examples of titles in that genre that childen might be familiar with. Ask, Do you like to listen to <scary> stories? Can you tell me a <scary> story that you like? 

After You Watch
Ask children if they have been to a library. Ask questions such as,

  • Do you have a favorite book? What do you like best about that book?
  • Was the book from a library? If so, describe the library where you got the book?
  • Ask children what kinds of books they like to listen to? (i.e., silly, scary, animal) What do you like best about <silly> books? 

English Language Learners: Review vocabulary from the video with children. Have a few examples of types of books mentioned in the video or show pictures of books and have children say the type of book in their home language. Repeat the word they say, then have them say the type of book in English after you.

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