Look Inside Teachers' Notes Tired of working alone, a little train jumps off the track in search of companionship and ends up at the zoo, where it gives rides and makes people happy. Beautifully re-illustrated with a fresh and appealing look, these Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying stories about every day life and adventures. Educators' resources include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. Activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills. Sections include; phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
With her reputation securely established by more than forty years of publication, the work of Margaret Hillert needs no introduction to primary teachers and librarians. In this latest volume, the story of a small train that jumps the track in search of its own adventure is told in simple vocabulary with high frequency words used in context, which has become Hillert’s trademark style. Colors, numbers, sequencing, and variety in sentence structure provide the framework for a lively story involving animals, children having fun, and a happy ending--essentially a prize for struggling or beginning readers. Shannon Cannon, literacy consultant, greets caregivers with suggestions for optimum use of the book on the copyright page. Reading reinforcements including phonemic awareness, syllabication, vocabulary (in this case, personal pronouns), suggestions to improve reading fluency, six comprehension questions, and a word list complete the special features. A quick peek at Hillert’s life and a brief summary of Cannon’s credentials reinforce confidence that, indeed, this addition to the “A Beginning-to-Read Book” series was created with much thought and professional expertise. A listing of other books in the series is provided on the back cover.