I adore literacy activities that promote a love of reading. Each year Jumpstart to Reading hosts Read for the Record Day. This year is the 10th anniversary of the project. On October 22, 2015, children and adults across the world will take place in the largest shared reading experience.
Jumpstart to Reading is, “a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children’s vocabulary and love for reading.”
This year they chosen book will be Not Norman: A Goldfish Story. I’m super excited to be partnering with my good friend, Tracy from School 4 Boys, to celebrate the day. We will be hosting a super fun Page Party. If you live in the St. Louis area, we would love to have you join us. Tracy has been planning some great activities for our party that she will be sharing on her blog soon.
In the meantime, I thought I would share a few literacy activities that you can do with the book at home, in the classroom or at your own Read for the Record Day party.
Not Norman Book and Activities
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Not Norman Book
Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett is the tale of a boy who is less than thrilled to have a fish for a pet. He thinks he would prefer a much more exciting pet and is all set to trade Norman in when the pet store reopens. What he discovers is that unexpected discoveries can change your preconceived ideas. In the process, a wonderful friendship begins.
Not Norman Activities
Alphabet Go Fish
Use 26 index cards (3 x 5) and write 13 uppercase letters and the matching 13 lowercase letters on the cards. You want one letter per card. Use a crayon or pencil so that you can’t see the letter through the card. This is your card deck.
This game is for two players. Player one passes out 5 cards to each player. Place the remaining cards in a stack. Player two looks at the cards in his/her hand and asks the other player for a letter match. If player one has the card, he/she gives the card to player two. Player two lays the match down. If player one does not have the corresponding card, he/she says “Go Fish” and the player two selects a card for the middle pile. Play continues until one player gets 5 matching sets.
Letter Sound Variation: Instead of players asking for a card by letter name, they can ask for a card by saying the letter sound.
Letter Dot Fish
I created a FREE printable called Letter Dot Fish that can be used to help children identify letters. Write a few letters that your child needs to practice on each dot. Then, use Dot markers and have your child stamp the letters. You might say, “Dot all the letters “f” with an orange dot. You will end up with a colorful fish!
Tell your child that they get to design a dream aquarium for a new fish. What special features will the fish tank have for the new pet? Have your child orally brainstorm features of the home. You can cover the finished art piece with a piece of plastic wrap for a special effect. When the design is complete, encourage your child to explain each unique component of the home.
Glug Glug Sight Word Spelling
Use this cute FREE fish printable and write down a sight word on each fish that your child needs to practice. On dot stickers write each letter of each word.
Your child is ready to spell each word using the dot stickers as bubbles coming from each fish mouth to spell the word on the fish. Glug, glug!
For more Not Norman activities, check out the Not Norman Pinterest board.