Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: March 31, 2001
can do this activity with so many different "big" books,
but one of my favorites to use is Silly Sally by Audrey Wood.
With colored Post-it notes, I first go through the book myself
and stick them over top of the ending words that rhyme with the
phrase or sentence prior to it. For example, in this book a page
reads, "Silly Sally went to town, walking backwards, upside
down." So on that page, I would cover the word, "down".
I continue this same method throughout the entire book. Then as
I read with the children and we come to a word that has a sticky
note over it, my students have to guess what word they think may
be underneath it. I then write their answers on top of the sticky
note. We then read the sentence again, each time changing the
last word to one of our guesses. We then try to decide which word
would make the most sense there in that sentence. And finally,
the "secret" word is revealed!