Motivation for Literacy, Concepts of Print
Students are encouraged to utilize the room as a resource when reading and beginning to learn about the concept of print. Basically, we do this through Write Around the Room. Students take a clipboard and then they copy words from around the room that are listed on charts or on labels.
Sometimes I give the students a prompt such as print a word that begins with the letter S, and they'll go around madly searching for words that begin with the letter S and write those down. Sometimes I ask them go around the room and search for words that they don't know and write those down, and then they bring them back to the carpet and we talk about how we can actually decipher what those words are and learn strategies through that. At other points, students determine their own purpose for writing around the room.
The goal of Reading and Writing Around the Room: Building Motivation for Literacy (Virtual Tour) is to promote motivation for literacy by doing activities to highlight the usefulness of reading and writing.
- Turn Reading Around the Room into a game by having students find words that begin with a given letter or sound.
- Encourage students to utilize word lists from around the room during writing and spelling activities.