Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SkippyJon Jones and Context Clues!

For this edition of Wild About Books Wednesday we're going to step into SkippyJon Jones' closet (a place where his imagination goes muy loco!) and trek down the desert road towards Mexico!
I LOVE SkippyJon Jones by Judy Schachner! It's a wonderful book for targeting rhyming, visualization, comprehension, and the leest goes on and on! Ay, caramba! Excuse my accent, I just love reading this story aloud... "My ears are too beeg for my head... My head ees too beeg for my body!" It always makes me smile.

Today, I want to focus on a skill I often target using this book. Context clues. Spanish words are sprinkled in throughout this book, making it awesome for teaching students how to use context clues to figure out unknown words.

A few examples:

"Then they took a siesta. But after waking up, the Chimichangos got down to serious bees-ness." 
-Students can use the context clues to figure out that siesta means "nap." This book is also great for teaching students how to use picture clues for figuring out unknown words too, as the band of chihauhaus are sleeping in the picture!

"The Bandito steals our frijoles!"
"Not your beans!" cried Skippito.

"Por que?" asked Skippito.
"Because...." 
-Students can figure out that por que means "why?" in Spanish with a little scaffolding

Your students will have so much fun learning how to use context clues with SkippyJon. Using context clues is a critical skill for not only comprehension, but also for building vocabulary.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

2 comments:

  1. I love the Skippyjon Jones books and I frequently use them to target context clues too! Its great that they can be found on wegivebooks.com as well because the kids like the change sometimes to look at the screen versus the pages. Thanks for the reminder to pull this one out again!

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  2. I also made some adapted books for Skippyjon! They are great :) I love all of them!

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