Using a teacher-made big book – while-reading

Task 1

In this lesson the teacher uses a book she has made herself. If you do not have published big books to use with your class, it can be useful and fun to make your own. One advantage of doing this is that key language from your curriculum can be included in the book.

While you watch the video, notice:

  1. How does the teacher maintains interest in the story and encourages understanding?
  2. Which language patterns are repeated?
  3. How do the text and pictures work together?
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  1. The students are seated on the mat, and all have a clear view of the book. The visuals are clear and relate to the vocabulary that was activated in the pre-reading session which helps the students to follow the story. Also, the actions associated with the weather are used while reading to involve the students. The teacher gives the students chance to predict what will come next.
  2. ‘In …… the weather is …..’  and ‘What clothes do I put in my luggage?’
  3. The text is clear and simple, and the teacher models the tracking from left to right as she reads. Students will start to recognise some of the key written vocabulary, especially the clothes. They are given the chance to read the clothing words before the teacher lifts the flap to reveal.

Task 2

Use the story map below to analyse the story in the video.

Now have a go at making your own story book to use with your class. If you are not good at drawing, you can find lots of useful pictures on Google images to help.

  • Setting – place or time
  • Character(s) – who
  • Goal – trying to…
  • Problem – challenge or difficulty
  • Plot – what happens first, next,…
  • Outcome – finally
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  • Setting – travelling around the world
  • Character – Adam
  • Goal – packing his luggage with the appropriate clothes
  • Plot – visiting a number of countries in different seasons
  • Outcome – Adam returns to Egypt