These winter pocket chart sentences are such a great activity for pre-readers!
Ready to build concepts of print with your pre-reader?
Just print the free words in the download at the end of this post. Then cut them out on the lines. I love my paper cutter (they don’t sell it anymore, but it’s similar to this one).
I placed the words on a small table near the pocket chart. Then I told my Four the words he needed to find. “I see…”
These are two words he knows by sight, so he was eager to find them himself.
After he put those words on the chart, I had him choose a picture card for the middle of the sentence.
After that, I helped him find the words “in the winter.”
“Can you find in?”
“I don’t know that word.”
“Let’s say it slowly. Iiiiin. What letter says /i/?”
“Right! Can you find it?”
“Here it is!”
“Now let’s find the. That’s a tricky one. It’s spelled t-h-e.”
“This one is the.”
He built the sentences in the pocket chart. I reminded him to leave spaces between the words. Then he pointed to each word as he “read” the sentences aloud.
“I see the snowball in the winter.”
“I see the sled in the winter.”
“I see the snowman in the winter.”
“I see the hat in the winter.”
Was he really reading?
No. He could not read the last word in each sentence without the picture clue.
I consider this more of a pre-reading than a reading activity.
He was learning that we have spaces between words, and that each word we say matches a word on the page (or pocket chart!).
He could have made quite a few more sentences, but this was enough for him, so we called it quits.
We hope you can use this set!