Real World Reading Materials

Jun 21, 2014

Our classroom libraries are FILLED with good books that are of different levels, about different subjects, and that piques different interests.  "Real world reading" material can also be added! (I put this in quotes because, of course, books are in the real world.  But I am talking about reading material we see when we are "out and about" in day to day lives.)  And summer is the perfect time to build a collection of these reading materials!

Here are some of the different materials that you could collect:

(sassy design paper, barrio and stars in our eyes fonts)
Once collected, just laminate (or not) and place them in your reading library!  Some of the words may be too difficult for our young readers; however, the material is motivating, colorful, and interesting to them!  And it helps bridge that connection between what we are doing in the classroom and what they need to be able to read out there in the big, wide, "real world"!

It can even to be helpful to pull some of these reading materials and show how it connects to a story.  For example, a campground brochure or map could be pulled out when Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night is read in class.

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  1. Some of the most popular things to read for kids are real world materials! They love them! Your idea of pairing them with a book is a great way for kids to make connections. Thanks for sharing this!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. My daughter is reading an amusement park map right now!! ha!! So motivating!

  2. This is a great idea. And it will be very motivating. Thank you

    1. Thanks so much for reading! I love how interested my 5 and 4 year old are in these reading materials, as well!

  3. I have some maps and magazines, but I never thought about menus or brochures. That's a great idea. Some of our kids don't get to do much traveling so brochures from other places would be cool to have. :) Thanks for another great idea!!!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. I picked up a menu today since I read about this idea yesterday. A good reason to go to the amusement park--"husband, we have to go...I need a map." Think it will work? Have a fantastic week.


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