Picture Books & Poems: A Winning Comprehension Combo

I’m always on the lookout for connections. Each time a child can relate what they are reading to something else, the bigger their base knowledge grows.

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Picture Books and Poems: Why?

Picture books and poems, when combined, brings comprehension rewards to kids in many ways, including:

  • Rhymes help beginning readers with phonics
  • Hidden meaning builds thinking skills
  • Compare/Contrast 2 genres strengthens comprehension
  • Develops deeper thinking
  • Fosters a love for poetry

 

 

Keep a Poem in Your Pocket

Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely
At night when you’re in bed.

The little poem will sing to you
The little picture bring to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when you’re in bed.

So –
Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely
At night when you’re in bed.

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

 

THE BIG QUESTION:

What do stories and poems have in common and what do they have to do with me?

LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

I can take the connections between a story and a poem and put them into action in my own life.

Visit my You Tube Channel for Stories

I recently added a section to my Playlist for Stories and Poems on my You Tube channel, Creating Smart Readers You Tube Stories. 

Here are complete Read-Aloud Guides for these stories and poems:

Always on the Lookout!

51jdCKVjWXL._SY420_BO1,204,203,200_[1]I constantly research picture books and other stories – and poems – for children.  I’m always on the lookout for connections. Each time a child can relate what they are reading to something else, the bigger their base knowledge grows. One small idea from a story reminds them of an event in their own lives, to something else they read, or it might motivate them to get involved in a cause. When teaching kids to read, we teach kids to make 3 kinds of connections so they have better comprehension:

  1. Text-to-Self Connections are when children can relate something in a story or other text to themselves.
  2. Text-to-Text Connections are when kids can relate a story, or text, to something else they read.
  3. Text-to-World Connections are what make kids become good citizens.  They read something that awakens a call to action within themselves to do something helpful in their neighborhood, school, town, or the world. Or, they may just become aware of the world at large.

This is a link to a Scholastic article on connections. https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/help-your-kids-connect-to-books-they-read.html

The “So What?” Factor

As a Reading Specialist, one of my goals was to get kids thinking about more than just single words on a page.  I wanted them go understand the central idea of what they were reading.  I call it the “So What? Factor” – what are the ideas the words are telling and, as a whole, why do they matter?

Some kids can open a book and read off all the words but cannot tell one single thing about the meaning. That is what comprehension is – what does it mean and why should we care?

So, I hope you and your children enjoy the read-aloud stories and related poems on my You Tube channel, Creating Smart Readers – along with other stories too.  I will continue to search for more.  There are Read-Aloud guides in the top menu for individual picture books as well as for the stories with related poems.

Please subscribe to this Blog, using the form to the right, so I can send you a notice for each new post.  Also, please subscribe to my You Tube channel using the easy button on my channel and I will let you know each time I read a new story.  I never use your information for anything else.  “Happy Reading!”

 

 

Author: Susan

Retired NYS certified Reading Specialist, Picture Book Aficionado, Crocheter, Author, Blogger, and Westie Dog lover!

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