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DECODING STORYBOOKS


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DECODING STORYBOOKS


Objective(s):

By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     use storybooks in a different way.

·     use storybooks to locate information.

·     use storybooks to make sentences.

Target Language:

Text in the storybook

Time needed for preparation:

30 minutes

Time needed in class:

15 minutes

Level:

Year 2
Year 3

Language Focus:

Reading
Writing
Language Arts
Grammar

Activity Use:

Review
Practice
Production
Set Induction

Pupil Task:

Individual
Pair Work
Group Work

Which learning institute:

School

Materials:

All different kinds of storybooks with either sentences or paragraphs; plain paper

Procedure before class:

 

1.       Choose the storybooks to be used.
2.       Make holes in the paper according to the location of the words / phrases on different pages of each different storybook.  The relevant page number must be written for each hole, refer to Figure 1.1.

 

Procedure in class:

1.       The activity can be done with individuals, pairs or groups up to 5 pupils. Give each one a storybook with its paper of holes, as seen on the template.
2.       The pupils use the paper template to locate the information from their storybook based on the page number above the holes on the paper template.
3.       The pupils write down the words as they find them in the storybook. Refer to Figure 1.2.
4.       The pupils rearrange the words to form a sentence.

 

Variations:

Information on pages, lines and place of the word can vary. 

Rather than using holes in the paper, you can adapt the activity to using instructions as in Figure 1.3 and 1.4.

Instead of making sentences, arrange the words found in alphabetical order, match the words found according to their opposite or match the words found according to words of the same meaning.

Tips:

Most young learners are reluctant to choose and read storybooks with lots of words.  Thus, decoding activities help to promote pupils’ interest in using storybooks.

To increase motivation, carry out the activities as a race or set a time-limit to it.


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