Children first read the world (Friere) and then they come to read the word. In other words, the print found in our everyday lives is the first graphic text that young children read. Using the information provided in class, make an environmental print book with your student. The book can follow the simple, I Like . . . format or be specifically tailored to the student you are working with on this activity.

learning plan procedure

1.Collect items with print that you think might be familiar to the student or take your polaroid and walk around the child's school/home/neighborhood. Take photos of what the child reads.

2. Ask the child to read the items to you. (DON"T say, "Can you read this to me? SAY: Read this to me.) Big difference!

3. Let the child select the items that he or she wants to include in their book. Use construction paper, glue and pictures or photos to construct a personalized patterned, predictable book.

4. Use the familiar patterns of I like . . . or I can read . . . or I like to eat . . .to construct a 3-5 page book. Do add a cover, title and back page.

5. Let the child read each page as you go. If the child wants to, be sure and let er/him write the text. Read the story completely when you are finished. ASK: What do you think about your book? Who will you read it to next? SEE how many opportunties the two of you can find to read and purposefully reread this book.


Observe the student’s reaction to being capable of reading their school’s name in print or McDonald’s golden arches and the like. Be ready to share your insights in class.