A to Z Picture Activities for Literacy is a beginning literacy practice book that gives students an enjoyable way to improve phonics and vocabulary skills from A to Z. Whimsical illustrations highlight simple sentences, beginning grammar, and 888 high-frequency words in exercises that appeal to emerging readers of all ages. The labeled drawings on each A to Z scene are similar to those in a picture dictionary that students can use as a daily reference for writing and spelling. The units begin with facing pages that show words beginning with the letter and explores their meanings. Then it explores the phonics of the letter – the sounds it makes. Next each alphabetic unit presents vocabulary in topic areas (lexical sets) – Animals, the Body, Colors, Days, Eating, Fruit, Groceries, Holidays, Illness, Jobs, the Kitchen, Music, Numbers, Sports, Time, Vegetables, and others. It is an ideal book for ESL tutors, classroom teachers, or individual self-paced learners. An accompanying audio CD and audio script provides detailed listening and pronunciation practice. Applications for the Common Core for ELLs (2010) in A to Z Picture Activities for Literacy Instruction that develops foundational skills in English Opportunities for classroom discourse and interaction Ongoing assessment and feedback National Literacy Panel (2006) Skills in A to Z Picture Activities for Literacy Vocabulary – 888 high frequency words, each illustrated and labeled Alphabetical index for quick reference Activities with nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs Word Study pages – plurals, homonyms, compound words Phonics – 22 pages of oral and written activities: Short, long and r-controlled vowels Consonant blends like pl, st, nd Digraphs like sh, ch, th, ph Diphthongs like oo, oy, ou, ow, oi Alternate letter sounds like soft C and Q Reading – for comprehension and discussion 888 Vocabulary captions Sentence reading on every page Sentence practice – using illustrated vocabulary Basic sentence and question completion — using illustrated words Original sentence writing and reading with grammar in context Interrogative and negative forms Listening and Speaking – Audio CD and script for all vocabulary pronunciation Chart with audio of The Sounds of English Partner activities for conversation, questioning and discussion
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