Look Inside Teachers' Notes An easy format retelling of the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk and his trip up and down the stalk. Newly re-illustrated with a fresh and modern look, these Beginning-to-Read books foster independent reading and comprehension. Using high frequency words and repetition, readers gain confidence while enjoying classic fairy tales and folklore stories. 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.
This book is part of the “Beginning-to-Read” series designed for children who are just learning to read. It is a retelling of the Jack in the Beanstalk story that is probably familiar to most young readers. The book uses only 44 words to tell the story. Prior knowledge will be important for children’s understanding of the book because of its rigid adherence to controlled vocabulary that often makes the plotline confusing. The extremely simple text using high frequency and phonetically common words, however, will help even the earliest readers be successful with this book. Books intentionally written at a specific reading level whose primary purpose is to teach reading skills will almost always suffer in terms of plot, characterization, and other elements necessary for high-quality literature. Teachers may find the exercises in the back of the book useful as a teaching tool for early reading instruction. Parents, however, may find these exercises, which use educational jargon from the National Reading Panel, confusing.
This beginning to read book is simple and easy to understand. The pictures are bright and colorful. The words in the book are brought to life. The sentences are short and to the point. The author has written the text in bold print. He has structured the sentences so that the words are easily formed. The illustrator uses watercolor to bring out the author's text. Together they do an awesome job. There are activities at the end of the book to practice with the child enabling him/her to be a good reader! Second grade teachers and some first grade teachers will literally fight over whose is going to check out the book! As a media specialist, I would recommend all the books in this series to be part of your total collection.
Richmond Independent School District