First Grade
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Emergent Readers

Emergent books typically have more text than books at the pre-emergent level but still feature large print and plenty of white space. Emergent readers have more text to decode and a more complex storyline to follow.

Children at the emergent reading level will:
  • Recognize many of the "Words to Know"
  • Use beginning and ending sounds to figure out simple words
  • Listen to themselves read, stop when they make an error and go back and correct the error themselves
  • Begin to recognize and read word endings, such as -s, -es, -ing, -er, etc.

Activities to do at home:
  • Ask questions as you read with your first grader to check for and encourage comprehension. Discuss who, what, where, when, why and how questions. "Why did Johnny cry?" "How would you feel if that happened to you?" or "What do you think will happen next?"
  • Rewrite a story with your child, using different endings that he likes. Let him illustrate the story. Changing a story helps spark imagination and creativity and also encourages writing skills.
  • As you read a book with your child, follow the text with your finger. This action will show her how a sentence progresses across the page.
  • Read with expression, emphasizing and exaggerating question marks, exclamation marks, commas, etc. This will help your child understand how punctuation affects reading, as well as how stories can change in tone and mood.

Emergent Readers have orange labels on the spine.

For more suggestions and activities on Raising a Reader, follow our Grow Up Reading™ Board on Pinterest

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