Gran on a Fan: Silly Short Vowels

Gran on a Fan: Silly Short Vowels
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June 23, 2015
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Written by elementary reading specialist Kevin Bolger, these short, wacky comics are designed to teach beginning readers the five short vowel sounds and will make anyone a fan of phonics. Zany, graphic illustrations from award-winning artist Ben Hodson and carefully controlled text make Gran on a Fan perfect for both beginners just learning to decode and for older or reluctant readers who need a refresher in foundational phonics rules. Readers who are fans of Gran on a Fan can also brush up on their long vowel sounds with the companion book, Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

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(Updated: August 01, 2015)
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This lively collection of brightly illustrated comics does an excellent job of helping early readers nail down short vowel sounds. Each comic focuses on one short vowel sound, and there are plenty of sight words to aid early readers as they learn. The back of the book has all of the featured words grouped by vowel sounds so that readers can practice them once more and see exactly what they were learning as they read the comics. The illustrations are vivid with plenty of movement. The only drawback I found when reading this aloud to my 5 year old was the nature of the collection leads to a choppy story-telling experience, one that caused her to ask me a lot of questions as she tried to make the stories somehow relate to each other. Altogether, this is a thoroughly engaging book that is perfect for early readers, classrooms, and libraries.
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sight words
teaches phonics
teaching tools in the back
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