We use the bulletin board in our classroom to keep track of what books we're reading. We hang up a textured picture to represent a book we read. (We use the same textures that we have added in the book).
We also put an additional textured picture on a page in a book. That way the students can look at the board and review the stories we read. We also use the book so they can choose a story they want to read for when we do one on one reading. These matching textured pages give us a way to refer to the book when we're looking at the bulletin board.
- braille paper
- items to create textured illustrations, such as feathers, foam, etc.
- Create a textured page to represent a book
- Make a similar page to hang on the bulletin board
- Read the story with the students and encourage them to feel the textures on the pages as you read.
- Call their attention to the feel of the texture, e.g. "That's the furry bear" or "Those are the pigeon's feathers."
- After the story is finished, have the students help to add the new book to the bulletin board display while discussing the fact that this is a book that you just read. Be sure that the items on the bulletin board are accessible to the students, where they can see and touch them.
- Review the various books that have been read, while calling their attention to the textures.
- Endless books and pages can be created! As students learn to associate the book with the texture, decrease the size of the texture to a smaller representation.
- Invite the students to request books by pointing to the one on the bulletin board that they would like to read.