Talking about firefighters, bakers, police officers, teachers, librarians, or postal workers? Integrate community workers into your literacy curriculum!
You can help young learners improve their speaking and listening skills along with encouraging Concept of Print by giving them sentence starters like this:
Firefighters are __________________.
Firefighters can __________________.
Firefighters have _________________.
Children can write their own words, draw pictures, or even choose from words you provide as shown in the photo.
You can see that this type of sentence completion will not only help children think about words to describe community helpers/workers, but they will gain an understanding of different types of speech. Adjectives, nouns, and verbs are used, depending on the sentence starter. This gives children valuable practice in forming correct sentences.
Children can point to words and "read" their finished sentences. This encourages Concept of Print and may even help some to memorize sight vocabulary like are, can, and have.
They will have an opportunity to compare and contrast community workers as several words can apply to more than one profession. Of course, finish the lesson by having children role play different community workers.
NAEYC - 2.D.03, 2.E.09, 2.L.09.
Head Start - V.A., VII.D., VIII.B.
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