Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Story book
Preparation for Activity
Choose a story from the following suggestions:
- This Is the Bear and the Scary Night by Sarah Hayes, illustrated by Helen Craig, 1992. The story of a stuffed bear who is accidentally left behind at the park, told in simple cumulative verse.
- Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, 2011. What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door?
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, 2011. The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it.
- The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud, 2013. Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey!
- Review How to Read a Story Book, under Resources in the Introduction.
Description of Activity
Hold up the book and say, in these words or your own:
Here's how I am going to read the story. Does anyone need to move so they can see and hear?
This will help the children move if they need to and then get settled before the story is started, so they don't interrupt the reading. It also serves as a reminder that if they stand or sit right in front of the pages, no one else can see. Invite them to find a place to settle so that everyone can see. When all are ready, read the story. When you finish reading, ask if anyone has thoughts about the story that they would like to share.
Including All Participants
Seat a child with hearing or sight difficulties near the reader.