Mitchellville Reads

April 2016

Reading at Home

Who Am I?

Choose one of your child’s favorite book characters, then describe his or her personality traits, problems, and physical descriptions until she guesses the character’s identity. This game is a fun way to pass time when you’re stuck in traffic or at a bus stop.

Take a "book walk"

Reading together remains one of the most important things adults can do with their young learner. Today, recommendations include reading information or nonfiction books with much more regularity. Nonfiction books present many opportunities to learn new concepts and vocabulary, as well as broaden a child's view of the world. Nonfiction books are written differently than picture books in that there are often more pictures, graphics, charts and photographs included within the pages. Parents can ease the transition into more nonfiction reading by encouraging your child to preview a book before reading and to be an active reader who asks lots of questions.

One great way to make predictions about an unfamiliar nonfiction text is to take a "walk" through the book before reading. By looking closely together at the front and back cover, the index, table of contents, the glossary, and the photographs or other images, readers can start to get a sense about the topic. This scanning and skimming helps set the expectation for the reading. Take the time to walk through the book before starting to read.

Books to Check Out

Digital Resource


TrueFlix is a free, online resource from Scholastic. Using only their Heartland AEA log in, students can read and/or listen to an ebook of their choice, as well as watch a corresponding video, explore more about the topic, and even complete activities or projects related to what they've read.

If you need the log in information, contact your child's teacher or your building's Instructional Coach.

Looking for more resources? Contact Stephanie Laird, Mitchellville Elementary's Instructional Coach!