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Integrating Environmental Print Across the Curriculum, PreK-3

Integrating Environmental Print Across the Curriculum, PreK-3
Making Literacy Instruction Meaningful

December 2006 | 160 pages | Corwin

From billboards to lunch boxes, environmental print offers a powerful springboard to literacy!

While learning to read and write takes time, there are effective ways to tap into what children already know and to use that information to jump start the literacy process. One way is through environmental print (EP), the print that surrounds children in their daily lives.

Integrating Environmental Print Across the Curriculum, PreK–3, provides a wealth of activities that build literacy skills during time devoted to language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and dramatic play. Highlighting research from the National Reading Panel, the authors demonstrate that by activating prior knowledge and creating opportunities for authentic learning, EP is an effective tool in developing the early literacy skills of all children, including English language learners and those at risk for, or identified with, special needs. Each activity specifies grade range, materials, and instructions to help you:

  • Meet the goals of Early Reading First and Reading First
  • Assess children's ability levels in performing the activity
  • Strengthen concepts with related literature and songs
  • Communicate ways that parents can use EP with their children

This friendly, research-based book is designed to assist you in creating an environmental print program that promotes the development of strong literacy skills for every child!

About the Authors
1. What We Know About Environmental Print and Young Children
The Conceptual Framework for Using Environmental Print

What We Know About Early Literacy

Research on Environmental Print

Environmental Print and Children With Special Needs

Environmental Print and No Child Left Behind

Summary of the Research Findings on Environmental Print

Appropriate Ways to Use Environmental Print Throughout the Curriculum

2. Language Arts Activities
Daily News

Posters and Signs


Writing Experiences

Literacy Across Thematic Units

Rebus Stories

Wall Lists and Bulletin Boards

Pocket Charts

Text Innovations

Word Boxes

Book Boxes

Newspaper Ad Word Search




Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Environmental Print Walk

Restaurant Menus

Alphabet Wall/Community Alphabet

Alphabet Books

Reading Inside the Box

3. Math Activities



Math Games

Math in an Integrated Curriculum

M & M's Math

Newspaper Ads

Food Labels

Enlarged Class Texts


Grocery Store Surveys

Food Groups

4. Health and Science Activities
Making Flavored Milk

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Making M & M's Coookies

Making Chicken or Vegetable Stew

Making Pizza

Making Pancakes

Pretend Shopping

Real Shopping

Good Food Versus Junk Food

Snacks--How Good Are They?

Where Does Food Go?

Pretend Restaurant

Matching Toothpaste

Planting Seeds

Using Cardboard Containers

Weather Symbols

Going on a Picnic

5. Social Studies Activities
Using the Newspaper

Postcard Travel

Mapping the Community

Community Helpers

Transportation Schedules

Home Sales and Rentals

Environmental Print Graphs and Elections

Careers and Environmental Print

Social Studies "Me Books" and Journals

Culturally Diverse Environmental Print

6. Creative Dramatics, Music, and Art Activities
Art Collage

Studying Artists

Neighborhood Mural

Me Boxes and "Myself"

Delivery Vehicles

MUSIC--Songs for Commercials

Creative Dramatics--"Centers" Stage

Musical Instrument Time

Can You Make a Puppet?

7. Meeting the Goals of the National Reading Panel Through Environmental Print Activities
Phonemic Awareness Activity: Starts Like...

Phonics Activity: Blended Environmental Print

Fluency Activity: Speedy Shopping List

Vocabulary Activity: What Goes With This?

Comprehension Activity: Where Do You Find It?

Conclusion: Challenges and Opportunities in Using Environmental Print
Reflective Teaching

Transformational Teaching

Resource A. Environmental Print Book List

Resource B. Sample Letter to Parents


"Having children bring in environmental print items with which they have had experiences gives them a feeling of ownership in learning to read. They share their experiences and these experiences, in turn, have a profound effect on their literacy development."

From the Introduction

"With built-in performance ratings per activity, teachers will find this a key to meeting reading goals and assessing and strengthening a child's ability levels."

California Bookwatch, March 2007
Key features
  • Offers foundational (Clay, Goodman) and recent (Vukelich, Schickedanz, Burns, Snow) research to support the use of environmental print in developing children's early literacy.
  • Provides a wealth of environmental print activities to use in teaching language arts, math, health, science, social studies, art, music, and dramatic play.
  • Each activity specifies goals/literacy skills, materials, instructions, variations and extensions, assessment practices, as well as related literature and songs to strengthen concepts
  • Includes suggestions for getting parents involved in using environmental print with their children
  • Resources include an environmental print book list and a sample letter to parents



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