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Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
Big book work station
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  • 1. Big Book Work Station
    By: Sarah Hagedornand Kendra Smith
  • 2. Big Books
    Big books are usually one of the most successful stations in the classroom
    It is important to model to students what to do with the big books
    Big books are a way to practice reading and rereading familiar text
  • 3. Activities
    Point to words as you read
    Use reading strategies modeled during shared reading
    Talk about favorite parts of Big Books
    Write personal connections or questions on sticky notes
    Act out story with partner
  • 4. Materials Needed
    Familiar big books
    Class-made big books
    Props for acting out story
    Storage containers (pg 42-43)
    Highlighting tape
    Creative pointers
  • 5. Selecting Big Books
    Choose a book that is:
    Slightly above reading level
    Large enough text for shared reading
    Easily dramatized
    Topic of high interest
    Has spelling patterns your class is studying
  • 6. How to Introduce the Station
    Make an “I can” list:
    I can read a big book with my partner
    I can read the words with highlighter tape on them
    I can point to the words as I read
    I can write my connections
  • 7. Tips: Modeling
    How to turn pages
    How to use a pointer
    How to use highlighter tape
    How to choose a big book and read it together
    How to use props to retell
  • 8. Tips: How to keep it going all year long
    Keep new books in the station
    Change the child’s partner
    Add new pointers
    Small finger puppets
    Magic wands
    Halloween fingernails
    Class Made books
  • 9. How to Assess/ Accountability
    Invite children to perform for class
    Have students initial sticky notes
    Have students turn in task cards
  • 10. Differentiation
    Use task cards- Cards that promote word and letter study. Use a color system to identify cards for each skill level. (pg 182)
    Ex: Find a word you know
    Ex: Find a word that ends in a vowel
    Can change partners so students work with different reading abilities
    Provide a variety of books for your class
  • 11. Cross-Curricular Ideas
    Drama - acting out
    History - ex: Columbus
    Writing - Favorite part of book
    Math - Create a class chart of favorite books
    Art - Illustrate part of the story
  • 12. Limitations
    Big books are harder to find
    Big books are bulky
    Reading levels of big books are mostly lower level
  • 13. Closure
    Let’s practice!
    Fold your paper hot-dog style.
    Then, fold your paper hamburger style.
    4.Write a connection you have to your story in each box as you read.