The ocean and the beach are the perfect themes to teach during summer themes. The beach is one of my favorite places to be. I don’t know if it’s the ocean breeze, the sun, or the sand on my feet, but bringing the ocean into learning is so much fun! Our printable ocean emergent reader goes perfectly with all things summer and under the sea. And it includes beginning sight words and repetition which is perfect for those preschoolers heading to kindergarten!
Ocean Emergent Reader
Our free printable ocean emergent reader includes the easiest prep instructions ever!
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It is set up to print the cover page and then the 5 pages of the story, so that all you have to do is print, cut and staple. Each printed page of the emergent reader has 2 of the same page of the story on it – one on the top and one on the bottom. This means that after you print, all you have to do is stack the pages in order, and then use the paper cutter to cut down the gray dotted line in the middle. After you cut the book in 1/2, staple the pages together in the upper left corner.
Seriously, that’s it!
Each page of the ocean emergent reader has similar words on it and an ocean animal.
The text is repetitive except for the ocean animal word. That is the only word that changes on each page. This allows early readers to be able to pick up on the high frequency sight words and that do not change on each page.
Reading Emergent Readers With Kids
There are many different ways to read our ocean emergent reader with little learners. In my own classroom, how we read them depends on who is sitting at the table with me. Mid-way through our school year, when working with color words, I would have 3 different reading styles going on with one emergent reader.
My preschoolers love our printable books that they can read! And I love these first steps to becoming a reader!
Sometimes I will have the group go through each page with me and find the one of the repeating high frequency words that we have been working with or a themed word. We take the time to use the same color crayon to color the color word on each page. Then we go back to the beginning, so that I can read the first page to the group.
In this ocean emergent reader, this would be the ocean animal words and the word ocean.
We practice bouncing our finger under each words as it’s read aloud. With the repetitive text, the group quickly picks up on the words. With the ocean animal and the word ocean colored in, the group already knows what the word will be, and is able to bounce and read fluidly across the page.
A second group will color the same words, but with more direction. I will read the page and show the group where the words are on their pages.
After the ocean themed words are colored in, I will read the words on the first page again. This group will usually read along with me!
I have a couple of preschoolers who are able to sit down and just read. So I take cues from this group whether they need to color the words at all, or if they are good to go.
No matter which group comes to my table though, they all leave just a little more confident. And that’s really all I can ask for as they are getting ready to head into kindergarten next year!
Grab your copy of the ocean emergent reader now!