Rosie’s Walk

October 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

This week, we’re working with directional and positional words through the story “Rosie’s Walk” by Pat Hutchins.

Here’s the YouTube video if you’d like to watch it.

In this book we watch Rosie the hen as she goes for a walk around the barnyard. Prepositional phrases match the actions in the pictures. Neither she nor the text ever notice the fox that is intent on catching her. Unwittingly, she foils the fox at every turn and in the end he is driven off by a swarm of bees. Rosie returns undisturbed to her roost in the hen house.

This book makes an ideal early reading book because the large print phrases go so precisely with the pictures, giving the emergent reader ample clues to interpret the text. We have several copies in our room this week to use for paired reading and D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read!) time.

We also do some of our study of this story as a large group activity using sentence strips – children assemble the story with simple pictures for clues. They can trade pictures for print and vice versa.

We develop some early mapping skills through making a crow’s eye view of the barnyard with Rosie’s landmarks carefully labeled. Children can move Rosie and the fox around the map as the story is read aloud. In your child’s home reading bag tonight you will find a large copy of this to play with for “homework.”

We’ll also be making our own copies of “Rosie’s Walk” and then creating our own book…”Mrs. Baker’s Class’ Walk!”

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