Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw is an easy read (beginning of first grade reading level). It is also a great read aloud for younger kids with lots of rhyming and funny pictures.
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Here are some ideas try when you read it:
- Practice sight words– Pick out one word that is repeated throughout the book (sheep, jeep, in) and see if your kiddo can point it out on the page. Then practice putting the word together with letter blocks or writing it.
- Rhyming– There are lots of rhymes in this book! After you read, go back and a list of all the rhyming words. See if you can add more rhyming words to add to the list. (kindergarten- Recognize and produce rhyming words)
- Making words– Use magnetic letters of blocks to spell out a rhyming word in the story such as sheep. Then take away the “sh” and see if your child can make the word jeep. Ask them to replace the “j” and make the word beep. Making words is a wonderful activity for beginning readers to work on letter sounds and spelling. (kindergarten- Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ)
- Long vowel /e/– Talk about /ee/ and /ea/ make the same long e sound. Go on a “word hunt” for /ee/ and /ea/ words in the story and make a chart listing them. (kindergarten- Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings for the five major vowels)
- Retell the story– After reading the book, ask your kiddo to retell the story. This is always a good comprehension strategy to teach even with books with few words. (first grade- Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson)
- Ask questions– This is another comprehension strategy that works with any book. Ask your child questions about the story. If they can’t remember, ask them to look back in the book to find the answer. Who helped the sheep get their jeep out of the mud? Why did the jeep break? What do the sheep do when the jeep breaks? (second grade- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text)
- Extend the story– What do you think happened next? Who will buy the jeep? What will the sheep drive now? Make up a new story together…maybe even write it down and have your child draw the illustrations!
- Act it out– Kids learn best by doing, so acting out the story is another comprehension strategy. If you have a small toy sheep, jeep, and pigs, use those. If not, your kiddo can pretend to drive a jeep (box) and act while you read the book.