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Literacy Play: Over 400 Dramatic Play Activities that Teach Pre-Reading Skills

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Children love to pretend, and dramatic play is the perfect environment for practicing and applying literacy concepts. Whether they decide to be firefighters, to open a pet store, or to have a tea party, children will increase their vocabulary, communicate with their friends, and learn to recognize environmental print - all important skills for pre-readers. Literacy Play is chock-full of creative dramatic play activities that teach important pre-reading skills while bringing ...
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Overview

Children love to pretend, and dramatic play is the perfect environment for practicing and applying literacy concepts. Whether they decide to be firefighters, to open a pet store, or to have a tea party, children will increase their vocabulary, communicate with their friends, and learn to recognize environmental print - all important skills for pre-readers. Literacy Play is chock-full of creative dramatic play activities that teach important pre-reading skills while bringing children's imaginations to life!
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The authors of this resource guide for preschool teachers state in their introduction: "Literacy is a developmental process, it is understanding concepts and applying them to the world.... Dramatic play and literacy go hand in hand with activities that address the needs, skills, and interests of the children in your classroom." Hundreds of ideas on how to incorporate literacy in dramatic play follow this introduction. The authors have divided the book into eight chapters: occupations, home, nature, science, stores, transportation, performers, and literary. Within each chapter, there are anywhere from four to nine specific dramatic play themes to present in the classroom. Each theme is detailed so that the teacher can recognize the literacy applications and objectives within it. Furthermore, spotlight words, open-ended questions to present, materials, props lists, setup and book-making suggestions, extension activities, and literacy resources are indicated. An appendix at the end of the book contains many of the suggested materials within each theme. There is very little left to the imagination of the teacher. This can be a relief to those that have appreciated the dynamic learning opportunities in dramatic play centers but have been unsure how to present them. Others who have been incorporating dramatic play in their classroom will use this book to enhance their already established centers. There is a children's book index and a general index at the end of the book. 2004, Gryphon House, Ages adult.
—Andrea Sears Andrews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592922
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Amy Cox has been a supervising teacher in the Melba S. Lehner Children's School at Weber State University in Utah for the past nine years. Ms. Cox trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State Unviersity lab school. Sherrie West has been working with young children and their teachers for the past twenty years. She is a mentor teacher for Head Start at the Ogden Area Community Action Agency. Ms. West trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State University lab school.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Occupations 25
Doctor's office : literacy application : circular and horizontal scribbling 26
Detective : literacy application : questions and answers 30
Veterinarian : literacy application : stopping to listen 34
Dentist : literacy application : alliteration : first sound of one's name 37
Firefighter : literacy application : learning new words and meanings : prepositions 40
Banker : literacy application : complete sentences 43
Cowboys and cowgirls : literacy application : sentence segmenting 46
Mechanic : literacy application : identifying the first letter of one's name 49
Ch. 2 Home 53
Babies : literacy application : attending to pictures : pretending to read 54
Car wash : literacy application : phoneme blending 57
Hair care : literacy application : distinguishing between oral and written language 60
Birthday party : literacy application : meaningful reading and writing 64
Baking day : literacy application : print has practical uses such as following written directions 67
Cleaning : literacy application : words are different than pictures 71
House : literacy application : writing messages with scribble marks 74
Tea party : literacy application : letter knowledge : peers' names 77
Laundry day : literacy application : print conveys meaning : seeing words in their environment 80
Ch. 3 Nature 83
Fishing : literacy application : letter knowledge : identifying letters 84
Beach : literacy application : retelling stories using verbal and narrative skills 87
Picnic : literacy application : writing letters 90
Camping : literacy application : sequencing 93
Ch. 4 Science 97
Gardener : literacy application : words are separated by spaces and made up of letters 98
Space : literacy application : learning new words and meanings by using authentic texts 102
Chemist : literacy application : sharing information 106
Rock hound : literacy application : letter-like forms and letters 109
Ch. 5 Stores 113
Pizza parlor : literacy application : loving books motivates reading 114
Shoe store : literacy application : taking turns in conversations 117
Restaurant : literacy application : picture clues 120
Ice cream parlor : literacy application : syllable blending and segmenting 123
Grocery store : literacy application : environmental print 126
Pet shop : literacy application : writing letter-like forms and letters 129
Ch. 6 Transportation 133
Traffic : literacy application : print has practical uses 134
Airplane : literacy application : capitalization : upper- and lowercase letters 137
Trains : literacy application : alliteration : sounds of letters 140
Travel : literacy application : sharing books 143
Ch. 7 Performers 147
Singing : literacy application : rhyming 148
Dance studio : literacy application : listening 151
Art gallery : literacy application : writing oral language promotes creativity 154
Olympics (track and field) : literacy application : using forms for recording information 157
Theater : literacy application : retelling a story 160
Ch. 8 Reading, writing, and talking 163
Newspaper : literacy application : collecting meaningful information 164
Post office : literacy application : invented spellings 167
Library : literacy applications : handling a book 170
School : literacy application : ABC manipulatives teach letter knowledge 174
Nursery rhymes : literacy application : onset rhyme blending 177
Office : literacy application : purposeful conversations 180
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