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Read All About It Laura Bush & Jenna Bush Activity One – Vocabulary Introduction Targeted Skill(s): Vocabulary development Instructions: Prior to reading the story, pre-teach the vocabulary terms that are essential to comprehension of the story. Suggested vocabulary terms to be pre-taught are listed below. Write the vocabulary term on a large piece of paper, demonstrate the sign for the vocabulary term, and use the illustrations from the book to provide visual aides. Request that the children sign the vocabulary term with you. Vocabulary Terms: professional

genius

prefer

pesky

awe

experiment

library

wise

orbit

witness

launch

appear

founding fathers

disorganized

grotesque

manners

proper

disappear

hysterics

napping

lead

breakthrough

recruit

defense

boldly

Materials:

List of vocabulary terms Large piece of paper Marker Photographs of each sign (attached)


Activity Two – Where’s Our Pig? Targeted Skill(s): Vocabulary development Print concepts Phonological awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting, manipulating, and syllable identification) Sequencing Reading comprehension Instructions: Read All About It encourages children to read by leading them on a thrilling adventure with Tyrone and friends to find their pig, a character they have fallen in love with. Use the Clue Cards to help the children find their own pig in your local library. Prior to the activity, place Velcro on a large foam board, cut out the body parts of the pig, attach Velcro to the back of each body part, and place the body parts in a large paper bag, basket, or bucket. Hide the clue cards throughout a specific area in your library. Allow children to take turns locating the clue cards. As the children correctly answer the questions on the clue cards, permit them to choose a body part from the bag and place it on the foam board. As the activity progresses, ask the children to predict what the object being formed on the board may be. Materials: Foam board Velcro Large paper bag, basket, or bucket Pig template Clue Cards


Activity Three – Word Creation Targeted Skill(s): Vocabulary development Phonological awareness (blending) Instructions: Cut out the letter cards for each vocabulary word. Place each card in a separate brown paper bag. Number the bags according to the number of the vocabulary word. Divide the children into groups according to the number on their bag and distribute one bag to each child. All children receiving a bag labeled one should work in a group, all children receiving a bag labeled two should work in a group, and so on. Request that the children remove the letter card from the inside of the bag and keep it until their pig has been completed. Provide each child with a template containing the eyes, snout, ears, paws, and tail. Children should color, cut out, and glue each body part to the paper bag. Once all children in the group have completed their pig, encourage them to use their letters to create a vocabulary word. As the children identify the vocabulary word, request that each group take turns displaying the vocabulary word. To increase task difficulty, challenge the children to divide the word into the specific sounds of each letter. Materials:

White paper bags Pig Template Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Glue Scissors


Vocabulary Term

Definition

having a lot of skill

Description of the Sign

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professional

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an extremely intelligent or smart person

genius

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to like better to value more highly

prefer

squeeze the fingers together bend the thumb against the surface of the palms face the palms toward one another place the outside edge of one hand on top of the inside edge of the opposite hand move the top hand forward depress both hands in front of the body touch the palm of the hand by bending the middle finger down touch the forehead with the tip of the middle finger turn the palm outward as the hand moves forward and upward away from the head

touch the palm of the hand by bending the middle finger down repetitively touch the chin with the tip of the middle finger


a person who has seen, heard, or experienced something

witness •

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to toss to throw

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to come into sight to be seen

touch the tips of the thumb and pinky of one hand place the outside edge of the index finger next to the corner of the eye position the opposite hands with the palm facing opposite side of the body move the hand touching the corner of the eye to the inside palm of the opposite hand

begin with the hand in the fist position as the fingers spread, move the hand outward

launch

appear

turn the palm of one hand downward in front of the torso underneath the palm, point the index finger of the opposite hand upward raise the index finger and insert through a space between the fingers of the opposite hand


an establishment containing a collection of books, pamphlets, and magazines for reading

very intelligent smart

extend the index finger and thumb in a ninety degree angle, creating the “L” handshape move the hand in a circular motion in front of the body

library

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wise

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orbit

to revolve to circle

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slightly bend the index finger of one hand turn the hand toward the side touch the side of the hand to the forehead bend the wrist forward and backward once

extend both index fingers turn one hand downward and move the tip of the finger in a circular motion around the tip of the opposite, stable hand


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bothersome annoying

pesky

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to admire to respect

awe

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a trial a test

experiment

squeeze the finger of both hands together position the thumbs in a ninety degree angle from the index finger turn the palm of one hand toward the body place the outside edge of the opposite hand between the thumb and index finger move the top hand in an upward diagonal motion

begin with the hands in the fist position on the sides of the head wiggle the fingers as the hands move toward the middle of the body; end with both hands in the fist position on top of each other

bend the fingers down, touching the inside of the palm and bend the thumb in creating the “E” handshape alternatively move the hands inward and downward


those individuals who established America

founding fathers

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destroyed or broken order

disorganized •

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appearing very bizarre strange

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grotesque

place the hands in the fist position with the palm of one hand facing downward in front of the body elevate the thumb of the opposite hand position the hand with the elevated thumb on top of the opposite hand spread the fingers of one hand touch the tip of the thumb to the center of the forehead place one hand in the fist position with the thumb elevated flick the thumb outward from underneath the chin squeeze the fingers and thumbs of both hands together move the hands from one side of the body to the opposite side of the body

touch the tip to the thumb to the tip of the index finger, creating a circle lift the middle, ring, and pinky fingers upward place the circle created by the hand just below the shoulder of the opposite side of the body


being well-behaved

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spread the thumb and fingers of one hand place the thumb against the middle of the chest repetitively move the hand slightly outward and inward

manners

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very correct appropriate

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proper

to vanish from sight

disappear

begin with both hands in the fist position point the index fingers outward place one fist on top of the other repetitively brush the top fist toward the opposite side of the body

turn the palm of one hand downward in front of the torso place the index finger of the opposite hand upward through a space between the fingers depress the index finger


uncontrollable emotion

to steal

hysterics

napping

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to go ahead to show the way

lead

spread the thumb and fingers of both hands repetitively move the hands in front of the face inward toward the center of the body and outward away from the sides of the body

place one hand in the fist position and elevate the elbow bend the index and middle finger of the opposite hand slide the tips of the index and middle fingers from the elbow to the wrist of the opposite hand

squeeze the thumbs and fingers of both hands together wrap the fingers of one hand around the tips of the fingers of the opposite hand move the hands outward, away from the body


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an advance in the case a possible solution to the problem

to search for someone to help achieve a goal

breakthrough

recruit •

to protect

defense

with the palms facing upward, place both hands in a “cup” position as the tips of the fingers are drawn together, slightly depress the hands toward the sides of the body

point the index finger of one hand upward slightly bend the index and middle fingers of the opposite hand and turn the hand to the side hook the tips of the bent fingers around the index finger of the opposite hand draw the hands toward the body

squeeze the thumbs and fingers of both hands together position the hands at the opposite side of the body by creating a cross at the wrists draw the hands and arms toward the body


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boldly

to be brave to be courageous

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begin with the hands on top of each shoulder draw the arms upward and outward as the hands transition into fist positions


1. professional

2. genius

3. prefer


4. pesky

5. awe

6. experiment


7. library

8. wise

9. orbit


10. witness

11. launch

12. appear


13. founding fathers

14. disorganized

15. grotesque


16. manners

17. proper

18. disappear


19. hysterics

20. napping

21. lead


22. breakthrough

23. recruit

24. defense


25. boldly


What is the title of the book?

Change the “p” in pig to a “d.” What is the new word?

Think of a word that rhymes with ghost.

What is the first letter/sound in the word library?

Why does Tyrone dislike reading?

What is the last letter/sound in the word dragon?

As Miss Libro reads, what does Tyrone do?

What does the word recruit mean?

Which happened first?

Which happened last?

a. Tyrone and the gang find their pig in the library. b. Tyrone decided to actually listen to the stories. c. A ghost appeared in the classroom asking for a pencil sharpener.

a. The disorganized, dirty, grotesque pig appeared in the classroom. b. Tyrone and the gang searched for their friend, the pig. c. Miss Libro read a book about an astronaut.

How many letters/sounds in the word pesky? What is an experiment?

What is the first letter/sound in manners?

How did Tyrone and his friends feel about the pig when he first appeared? How did their feelings change?

What is the middle letter/sound in pig?

I boldly went where I had never gone before. What does the word boldly mean? a. brave b. funny c. shy


How many letter “i” in the word disorganized?

Change the “l” in leads to an “r.” What is the new word?

Which word rhymes with dragon? a. appear b. wagon c. give

List three places that Tyrone and the gang looked for their pig.

What does professional mean?

What word do these letters/sounds make? w-i-s-e

When did the pig disappear?

How many syllables in the word genius?

What did Tyrone and the gang learn about reading?

Change the first letter/sound in books to an “l”. What is the new word?

Tyrone and the gang heard “oink, oink, oink” from the music room, but the pig wasn’t there. Why were there “oinks” coming from the music room?

How many letter “p” in proper?

The whole class was in hysterics. This means the whole class was _____. a. calm b. crying c. cheerful

“I’m a professional student and class clown.” What is a class clown? a. A student who dresses as a clown at school b. The school mascot c. A student who always makes jokes

How many letter “a” in the title, Read All About it?

What is the last letter/sound in the word witness?


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Sign Language and Literacy Activities for Read All About it