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Using Wordless Books in a Primary Classroom

Wordless books are perfect for integrating into your classroom. They can be used to building confidence, comprehension skills and writing!

Books, books and more books! For every topic that you want to learn about, you can find a book

on it. I love to introduce and review concepts with any books that I can get my hands on! Every year

when I introduced new books into our day, I never gave wordless books much thought. It wasn't until

later on in my career that I realized how powerful they were. Now I'm on a hunt to add even more of

them to my library! They lend themselves to multiple skills. So why should you include them in your

classroom? Keep reading on to find out!


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Building Confidence

Entering school for the first time can be a vivid experience. Once you add in everything that we 

ask students to do these days it can be completely overwhelming. I have found that wordless books

can build up the confidence in each and every student in so many ways. A lot of times emergent

readers will shut down when they encounter words, and I always hear "I don't know how to read".


Wordless books are perfect for integrating into your classroom. They can be used to building confidence, comprehension skills and writing!


Luckily, wordless books do not have the added pressure of words. We take a ton of picture walks

through the books, and we discuss that reading the pictures is one way to read. Their face lights

up when they realize that not only can they identify the pictures, they can also discuss what is

happening in the pictures as well. From that moment on they know that they can read any book that

is in our library. I love to introduce wordless books by not saying a single word! It's so tempting

to start explaining what's happening on each page, but I use a lot of awesome facial expressions!

It's always interesting to see and hear their reactions when we reach the end of the book!

Comprehension

Comprehension skills are extremely important and every reader needs the chance to practice their

skills. Wordless books give students the opportunity to do this. They can actually focus on

the story that is unfolding, as opposed to focusing on the words. This is what students need when

we are beginning to teach comprehension. Students can sequence the events of a story, recall what

has already happened and they can practice their inferring skills.


Wordless books are perfect for integrating into your classroom. They can be used to building confidence, comprehension skills and writing!


Children can also practice their storytelling skills, because we all know that they have active

imaginations! Predictions can be made and they can learn to be on the lookout for visual clues.

With wordless books, students can be an active participant in the story discussions. This ensures

that no one gets left out of the conversation!

Writing

I know what you're thinking. How can wordless books be great for writing? There are no words!

I promise that it IS great for writing as well! Before we begin writer's workshop, I have discovered

that I must awaken their appetite for storytelling and introduce tons of vocabulary through picture

walks. It is only through modeling and exposure will they begin to include these in their writing.

Wordless books are perfect for integrating into your classroom. They can be used to building confidence, comprehension skills and writing!

We also use wordless books when we are learning about labeling our illustrations. I like to

use sticky notes and they help me to tap out our words, write the letters for the sounds and then we

label the pictures in the book.

Wordless books are perfect for integrating into your classroom. They can be used to building confidence, comprehension skills and writing!

When they are ready, another mini-lesson includes writing a sentence for what's happening on the

page.  Once you model new skills during writer's workshop, then pretty soon you'll have students

who are trying to incorporate it into their own writing!

Wordless books are perfect for integrating into your classroom. They can be used to building confidence, comprehension skills and writing!


If you haven't given wordless books a chance, I hope that you'll try to introduce them into your 

classroom! I've gathered a selection of a few great titles to begin with, you can check them out

right here. If you know of any other great uses for wordless books, please sound off below!



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