Being exposed to language at a young age has an enormous effect on early language and literacy development. Young children who engage in frequent conversation develop better vocabulary, language, and reading comprehension skills than those who don’t.
Growing children who are engaged in meaningful conversations has been shown to literally build their brain capacity and dramatically improve school readiness and lifelong learning. Create a “language environment” in the classroom with this durable set of 16 – 8″ x 8″ two-sided laminated cards, featuring photos from favorite MaryRuth Books titles. The reverse side of each card presents a series of open-ended questions about the image to prompt student observations, predictions, and inferences.
The Critical Thinking Conversation Cards are ideal for sparking discussions and providing opportunities for students to practice listening and storytelling skills. Educators may also use the cards to assess a student’s background knowledge, a.k.a. Roaming Around the Known. Background knowledge is the foundation for additional learning and is essential for reading comprehension. The more a student already knows about a topic, the easier it will be for that student to understand and remember what they read about it.
- Download a FREE Danny classroom activity to help emergent readers use their critical thinking and storytelling skills.
- Get the conversation started with Danny’s mealtime conversation-starter questions.
Add MRB Letter Tiles to any order for only $1.00.
The 8-1/2 x 11″ sheets are printed in 2-colors on sturdy 110# white index stock and designed to be a portable way for students to do word work whether they’re learning at home or in the classroom. The set includes one sheet of upper case and one sheet of lower case letters, plus several blank tiles so the sheets can be customized. Vowels are printed in red. Consonants are printed in blue. The font used for the letter tiles is student friendly. Dashed lines between tiles make cutting them out easy.