Fun Suggestions for Building Literacy Skills!
Each week we'll share helpful hints on using the comic across the grade level span. I'll add each week's tips here so they are easy to find. If you are new to the comic, be sure to share the backstory of the characters with your students. You can read that at the top of the comic page or click here to read the backstory and get a pdf version to share with parents!
If you need to share comic videos directly with students you can use these safe video links to do so:
One document, multiple levels! Each comic episode supports pre-readers to upper level second grade readers. The graphic format encourages all readers to stretch their abilities by tackling juicy words and big concepts!
First Grade: This is the time of year when some children start to zoom ahead in reading while others are taking their time with early reader books as they build a strong foundation at their own pace. Try using the comic for a readers theater! Those zoomers can read the text boxes, your foundation builders can do sound effect, kiddos in the middle can read the speech bubbles and EVERYONE can feel successful as they work on fluency and phrasing!
Second Grade: You may notice we've snuck a few tricky words into the text boxes. Your students can begin to integrate their use of context cues to puzzle out some of that richer vocabulary! This is also a great way for those clever advancing readers to begin to work on making inferences! Why does Data Dog need to be careful? Why is there a smell of rotten eggs?
Kindergarten: Playing with words by substituting phonemes at the beginning, middle, and end of words helps both reading AND spelling skills. Before you introduce the comic, take a moment to play! Write "zoom" on a whiteboard. After children read it, erase the /m/ and challenge children to make other sound effects by adding different final sounds! You can follow the same protocol with "zup," this time changing the middle phoneme or vowel sound.
Medial phoneme substitutions: /z/ /u/ /p/ to /z/ /o/ /p/
Final phoneme substitutions: /z/ /oo/ /m/ to /z/ /oo/ /p/
First Grade: Now that your students are more established readers, it might be a good time to focus on reading with inflection. Challenge students to notice the end punctuation in each speech or thought bubble. How would the character say those words? Using voices for each character can further reinforce this skill.
Second Grade: Some of the text boxes give facts and information while others describe the action in the frame or something out of view. Have students identify which type of text is in each box. You can color code them and then have teams assigned for choral reading for a specific text type!
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