Tips for reading instruction using our comic!
Kindergarten: Focus on upper and lower case letters.
Code It! Project or print one or more panels of this week's comic and challenge students to circle each sound effect and then color code the capital letters using highlighters. Most of the time we read lower case letters. Why do they think Ben made some words have all capital letters? Why did he make some all lower case? Why might he have mixed others up? This activity is a great opportunity to reinforce a basic skill while talking about the craft of writing so learning across the whole spectrum can be meaningfully engaged!
Grade 2: Focus on big words!
Break it Down! Curiosity Cat and Data Dog encounter a Simbakubwa this week! Wowzers!!! What a critter! What a word! Like many of our bigger words, however, we're provided a help. Simbakubwa is MUCH easer to decode when broken down into syllables like this: sim-ba-kub-wa. What do students notice about each of those syllables? (If needed, give them hints to help them realize each syllable has a vowel. 😉) Challenge them to find other big words in the comic or classroom books and make their own syllable break downs. Dinosaur books are often a GREAT place to look for big words!
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