I LOVE to make predictable charts for each theme in our classroom.
What is a predictable chart?
I It is individual dictated student sentences that follow an oral language pattern.
I The teacher writes the chart in front of the students.
I The students DO NOT share the writing utensil during this activity.
I The teacher thinks aloud as she/he takes the child’s idea and composes it word by word.
Why do predictable charts in your classroom?
I To draw student’s attention to print.
I Develop “one-word / one-touch” awareness through finger pointing.
I Illustrate top to bottom directionally.
I Illustrate the left to right print concept.
I recognition of sight words.
I develop common oral language vocabulary and grammatical structures.
I Develop awareness that print conveys meaning.
I Make stories more meaningful to students.
I Promote individual reading success.
PLUS….you can easily turn your predictable chart into a literacy center or a classroom-made book!
Here are my September predictable charts.
Here are two great resources for using predictable charts in your classroom.
- Month By Month Reading and Writing in Kindergarten by Patricia Cunningham .
- Predictable Charts: Shared Writing for Kindergarten and First Grade by Dorothy Hall.