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Concepts About Print

Introduce key aspects of books and text that beginning readers need to understand.

  • Big books enable teachers to demonstrate and explain the use of books and reading of print.
  • Leveled books provide opportunities to practice and apply reading strategies.
  • Reader's Theater engages young students in linking printed words to oral language.

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Concepts About Print

Big Books

  • Shared Reading Classics

    Fiction Big Books by Brenda Parkes
    Develop early reading strategies through rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. Beloved classics engage young readers with familiar tales and characters.
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  • Content Connections Big Books

    The only K–2 Big Books that explicitly teach concepts, text structures, and nonfiction text features.
    Develop the ability to read informational text and understand content-area concepts. Engage students with real-world topics and photographs.
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Leveled Books

  • Early Connections

    Support content-area instruction with leveled texts by theme, and integrate Science, Social Studies, and Math into the reading block.
    Develop an understanding of science, social studies, and math with leveled texts by theme. Integrate K-2 content-area standards into the reading block.
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  • Early Explorers

    Support language and literacy development. Fiction and nonfiction texts with built-in scaffolding help all students, including English learners, succeed.
    Leveled fiction and nonfiction support content-area concepts while developing language and literacy. Built-in scaffolds help all students, including English-language learners, succeed.
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  • Classic Tales

    Standards-based theme sets provide four types of books, including innovative Opinion books, to develop close reading, cross-text analysis, and text-based comprehension.
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Reader's Theater

  • My First Reader's Theater

    Teach high-frequency words and concepts about print through choral-reading scripts that support early reading strategies.
    Engage pre-readers with 3-part choral reading lap books, while building sight word and academic vocabulary.
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  • Reader's Theater: Nursery Rhymes and Songs

    Develop sight word knowledge, print concepts and oral language skills with scripts based on classic nursery rhymes and songs.
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