Sample Pages
Each unit starts with a Warm Up question or discussion idea which helps get students to start thinking about the unit topic.
Next is the Words to Know section. This is an illustrated dictionary of the five vocabulary words featured in the unit. Here you can also listen to the pronunciation of each word.
Below the Words to Know, we find the Find It section. This is a pre-reading activity. Before students actually read or listen to the main passage, they should scan the illustration to find a detail that was included by the artist. While scanning, students will notice other details as well, which can support comprehension of the story's content.
After completing the Find It activity, it is time to focus on the main passage. At this time, teachers are encouraged to discuss the title and main illustration with their students. The goal is for students to think about what they are going to read. Some sample questions for this unit might be:
Where is the girl?
What is she doing?
What color is she using?
What color is the frog?
There are two audio recordings for each passage. First, there is a fun reading featuring voice actors, and then there is also a reading made by a teacher. Students should read along in their books as they listen to one or both of the tracks.
The next two pages are filled with activities. First, we have the After Reading: A section which focuses on reading comprehension. Students should be encouraged to re-read the main passage in order to find the answers if needed.
After the reading comprehension questions, we have a summary-based activity in After Reading: B. The activity types used in the summary section vary from unit to unit, but all of these activities focus on vocabulary reinforcement by reviewing story content. Typically, students will either write vocabulary items to fill blanks or circle the right word to fit a sentence.
Next, is the Practice It page with two activities, A and B. For Practice It: A, students listen and choose the correct sentence for each photograph. The sentences that students hear in this activity recycle target vocabulary found in the unit's reading passage.
The last activity in the student book is the Practice It: B section, focusing on vocabulary reinforcement through word usage in new contexts.
Finally, each unit features two additional pages of practice activities in the workbook. These pages can be completed as homework or as extra practice during class. As we can see here, the workbook presents vocabulary reinforcement, reading fluency, and basic writing practice.