Picture books are great tools for teachers.  I love using picture books to teach just about anything in my classroom.   I often read two or three picture books a day to my students.  I also insist that my students always have at least two picture books in their book baggies.  Although I teach a primary grade, I strongly believe that upper elementary teachers can use picture books in their lessons as well.  This is why I will be writing a picture book series.  I will review different picture books with tips on how to incorporate them into your lessons.

This review is on Tad Hill’s Duck and Goose books.  I would recommend these books for grades K-2.  Duck and Goose books are great for teaching students how to read fluently!  What does it mean to read fluently?  To be a fluent reader, a student must consider accuracy, expression, punctuation, pace, and comprehension.  A lot actually goes into reading fluently!  In second grade, I find a lot of my students can decode accurately. However, they lack the expression or comprehension that truly makes a fluent reader.  Duck and Goose books are a fun way to practice reading fluency.

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Duck and Goose books are great to practice fluency because they have interesting characters with a lot of dialogue.  Dialogue is a fun way for students to practice reading with expression.  They have to interpret how the character is feeling and then project that feeling while reading out loud.  Another reason these books are a great tool is that they have a lot of punctuation variation.  Fluent readers should know to change their voice if there is a question mark, exclamation point, or period at the end of a sentence.  Since these books are meant for early readers, there isn’t too much content to lose student interest or overwhelm students.  Instead, they can concentrate on how they read each word on the page.  In addition to using these books for reading fluency, you can also use them for character education as an added bonus!

I also like how many books there are in the series.  Each student in your guided reading group can get a different book, become an expert on that book, and then present it to the group as a fluent reader.  I use these books for all of my reading groups, even my enrichment readers.  All readers can benefit from practicing their fluency.  Some of my favorite Duck and Goose books are; Duck, Duck, Goose, Duck and Goose Honk! Quack! Boo!, and Duck and Goose How are you Feeling?  You can’t go wrong with any Duck and Goose book.  Try using them during your next guided reading group and see how differently your students read!

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Chrissy Talbot

Chrissy Talbot

Elementary School Teacher

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