Reading begins with kids being able to recognize words around them. My four year old has learned the words the, go and up and now finds them in every poster and sign when we are out doing errands. Each time he finds that words, he builds his reading ability a little more. When I taught first grade, I promoted this type of activity by asking my students to “read the room” at least once a week. While they were reading words they knew, I asked them to write some of those words down on this I Can Read! Recording Sheet. Then during guided reading, I would ask them to read these words to me. Sometimes we would even find the same words in books we were reading. It was a great motivation for you lower level students to find words that they knew. You can download this sheet to use in your classroom from my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources.