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Reading Success Mini-Books

SIGHT
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Twenty Interactive Mini-Books That Help Every
Child Get a Great Start in Reading
by Mary Beth Spann

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Interior design by Ellen Matlach Hassell
for Boultinghouse & Boultinghouse, Inc.
Illustrations by Maxie Chambliss
ISBN: 0-439-10440-8
Copyright © 1999 by Mary Beth Spann. All rights reserved.
Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Contents
Introduction
Assembling the Mini-Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
How to Use This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Introducing the Mini-Books in Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Mini-Book Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Generating Family Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

The Mini-Books
My Book of Back-to-School Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
My Book of Fall Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
My Book of Weather Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
My Book of Birthday Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
My Book of Halloween Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
My Book of Farm Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
My Book of Thanksgiving Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
My Book of Winter Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
My Book of Penguin Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
My Book of Valentine’s Day Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
My Book of Community Helper Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
My Book of Fruit and Vegetable Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
My Book of Transportation Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
My Book of Clothing Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
My Book of Pet Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
My Book of Forest Animal Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
My Book of Spring Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
My Book of Bug Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
My Book of Plant Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
My Book of Summer Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann, Scholastic Teaching Resources

and provides a simple review activity so children can test themselves on what they’ve learned. Check to be sure that the pages are in the proper order and then staple them together along the book’s spine. As children successfully work through the books. writing. 4. pencil teacher 4 5 10 ´ school backpack teacher pencil 4 2 My Book of Backto-School Words 5 7 Name 1 Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann. Each one offers children the chance to practice writing and reading these words. The books’ small size means they are a breeze for young students to complete. Place pages 4/5 on top of pages 2/7 as shown. and listening—the books will provide children with an easy-to-understand. illustrated words that feature the same thematic thread. store. This book provides a fun and easy way for young children to experience early sight words. Cut the page in half along the solid line. Fold the pages in half along the dotted line.Introduction Welcome to Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words. Assembling the Mini-Books ✄ 1. Each sight words mini-book introduces children to a group of simple. In a way. speaking. Make a double-sided copy of the mini-book pages. They help give children a sense of mastery and ownership over the words they are learning. concrete foundation for print mastery and vocabulary development. Research tells us that children learn letters and words best when they’re presented in a meaningful context. and keep. 5. Beginning readers will really benefit from completing and collecting all 20 of these little books. backpack 2 7 school 3. collect. 2. When used as a regular part of a balanced approach to literacy—one that includes reading. it’s easy for them to see how each one represents an important step on the road to reading. these mini-books serve as the children’s own print-awareness progress reports. Scholastic Teaching Resources 5 .

you may want to assemble a complete class set ahead of time. in which each child approaches sight words at his or her own rate. you’ll find these books to be small but powerful page-turners. Scholastic Teaching Resources . When individualizing. consider transferring the words to thematic word wall lists. Here are some ideas for putting them to work in your classroom: Pre-assemble Mini-Books as Needed Instead of asking children to assemble these books in class. • As children learn how to read and spell the words in the books. Perhaps you can set up a thematic display stocked with a supply of corresponding mini-books. Remember: Parents who are unable to volunteer in the classroom may welcome this task as something they can work on at home. Be certain to schedule student/teacher conferences so you can assess and celebrate children’s progress. Each student. one for each of 20 popular earlyelementary themes. Encourage children to refer to their mini-books and/or word walls when writing stories and books of their own.How to Use This Book This book contains 20 six-page mini-books. • For a more individualized approach. may then work on the same theme mini-book simultaneously. But no matter how you use them. How you introduce and share these books with children will largely depend on how you introduce thematic studies and sight words in general. or small groups of students. Invite children to write and illustrate additional words for each list. Let the Books Serve You Here are some quick tips for making the mini-books a successful part of your reading routine: • If you introduce thematic activities to the whole class. you may make the books available to children on an “as needed” basis. keep a mini-book checklist showing which ones each child has completed. you might introduce the mini-books in that same manner. rather than on construction. 6 Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann. This prep-step allows students to focus their attention on the mini-books’ content.

Call attention to the configuration of the letters printed there. That way you’ll know if the child needs to move on to a mini-book that is at a more appropriate instructional level. Demonstrate how to use the “Name” line. If you suspect a child already knows how to read. a. In doing so. Scholastic Teaching Resources . Suggest to children that if they think they already know how to spell the word. d. you can ask him or her to complete this page before completing the whole book. When children correctly identify a picture by reading the word. it is very helpful in guiding the use of phonics mini-books. you are asking children to pay attention to the print features of the word below the picture. they can try and cover the word below the picture and write the word without peeking. Phonics From A to Z: A Practical Guide (Scholastic Professional Books. invite them to explain their reading strategies. 2. b.) 7 Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann. spell. Because this must-have book offers explanations and rationales for all aspects of phonics instruction. c. (Tip: The back cover can also serve as a screening page. 1998). Show children how a book is constructed and what they are expected to do on each page. Work through one mini-book together. Introducing the Mini-Books in Class 1. Read the cover together.Recommended Read In his comprehensive resource book. and write all the words in a mini-book. Call attention to the picture and word on each page. Show how the back-cover activity serves as a self-checking review page. reading expert Wiley Blevins recommends a phonics sequence for introducing letters and sounds. Demonstrate how to copy the word on the line provided.

8 Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Mary Beth Spann. Punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each completed mini-book and slip each one onto the ring. Invite families to extend learning at home by reading aloud together everyday. or area of interest. introduce phonics minibooks as part of your overall approach. Share specific examples of how you include these components in your program.Mini-Book Extensions • Meet periodically with each student to review mini-books together. by calling attention to any written material that fills their days. • Designate one day a week as “Mini-Book Take-Home Day” so children can share their growing library with family members. When familiarizing families with instructional materials and strategies you plan on using to teach reading and writing. Emphasize that a well-balanced program includes phonics plus many other strategies for reading. • Provide blank mini-books so children can write and illustrate their own thematic-word collections. 3. perhaps related to a favorite hobby. Generating Family Support 1. Scholastic Teaching Resources . and writing with children. listening. Title your display “Leaf Through a Mini-Book!” • Set aside class time for children to take turns sharing one book of their choice. sport. give each child a large metal loose-leaf ring. or hung on wall hooks. • A tree trunk and branches decorated with a few paper leaves makes a nice bulletin board backdrop for displaying new books (before adding them to the rings). speaking. To organize their mini-book collections. Store collections in a multi-pocketed shoe bag (hanging on the wall or from a doorknob). and by reviewing school work—including mini-books—with their children. Just tack individual books to the branches so they resemble leaves. 2.

Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 book school bus 6 3 .© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Backto-School Words 8 9 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new back-to-school word.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic backpack pencil 2 7 school teacher 4 5 ´ 10 .

Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 scarecrow pumpkin 6 3 .© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Fall Words 8 11 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new fall word.

Scholastic leaf sweater 2 7 apple rake 4 5 ´ 12 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Weather Words 8 13 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new weather word. Name 1 cloudy rainy 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.

Scholastic sunny foggy 2 7 windy snowy 4 5 ´ 14 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Birthday Words 8 15 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new birthday word. Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 present candles 6 3 .

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic cake friends 2 7 balloon hat 4 5 ´ 16 .

Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Halloween Words 8 17 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new Halloween word. Name 1 candy witch 6 3 .

Scholastic ghost bag 2 7 jack-o’-lantern costume 4 5 ´ 18 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Farm Words 8 19 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new farm word. Name 1 sheep cow 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic barn horse 2 7 pig chicken 4 5 ´ 20 .

Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Thanksgiving Words 8 21 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new Thanksgiving word. Name 1 stuffing Mayflower 6 3 .

Scholastic Pilgrims corn 2 7 Native Americans turkey 4 5 ´ 22 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

Name 1 snowman boots 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Winter Words 8 23 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new winter word.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic mittens fireplace 2 7 snow shovel 4 5 ´ 24 .

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Penguin Words 8 25 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new penguin word. Name 1 dive chick 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.

Scholastic egg swim 2 7 waddle water 4 5 ´ 26 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Valentine’s Day Words 8 27 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new Valentine’s Day word. Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 flowers cupid 6 3 .

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic Valentine love 2 7 card chocolates 4 5 ´ 28 .

Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Community Helper Words 8 29 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new community helper word. Name 1 doctor police officer 6 3 .

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic teacher mail carrier 2 7 librarian fire fighter 4 5 ´ 30 .

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Fruit and Vegetable Words 8 31 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new fruit or vegetable word. Name 1 celery banana 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic apple tomato 2 7 raisin carrot 4 5 ´ 32 .

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Transportation Words 8 33 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new transportation word. Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 airplane bus 6 3 .

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic car boat 2 7 taxicab train 4 5 ´ 34 .

Name 1 jacket pants 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Clothing Words 8 35 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new clothing word.

Scholastic shirt hat 2 7 socks shoes 4 5 ´ 36 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

Name 1 hamster dog 6 3 .© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Pet Words 8 37 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new pet word. Then draw a picture to go with it.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic cat snake 2 7 fish rabbit 4 5 ´ 38 .

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Forest Animal Words 8 39 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new forest animal word. Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 owl raccoon 6 3 .

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic squirrel bear 2 7 deer rabbit 4 5 ´ 40 .

Name 1 rain nest 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Spring Words 8 41 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new spring word.

Scholastic eggs umbrella 2 7 chick flowers 4 5 ´ 42 .Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann.

Then draw a picture to go with it. Name 1 spider ant 6 3 .© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Bug Words 8 43 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new bug word.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic ladybug grasshopper 2 7 bee butterfly 4 5 ´ 44 .

Name 1 stem pot 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Plant Words 8 45 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new plant word.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic seed leaf 2 7 water sprout 4 5 ´ 46 .

© Mary Beth Spann My Book of Summer Words 8 47 ™ Reading Success Mini-Books: Sight Words Scholastic Professional Books Write a new summer word. Name 1 pail bathing suit 6 3 . Then draw a picture to go with it.

Reading Success Mini-Books Sight Words © Spann. Scholastic sun ice cream 2 7 sand umbrella 4 5 ´ 48 .