In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60% behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them unprepared when school begins. An initiative trying to tackle this early education crisis is Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is one of the largest initiatives to build awareness around the importance of early childhood literacy. Each year, readers everywhere join together on one day to read a single book to show their support for early childhood literacy and set a new World Reading Record. Last year, over 2.2 million people participated in “Read for the Record”. Today, we hope to help break that record by reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad (Lexile measure: AD710L) by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad is an engaging story that follows Lulu (Ladybug Girl) through a playdate with her friends where they pretend to be part of an elite bug superhero gang. The Pearson Foundation offers an electronic copy of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad and tons of other great books online at www.wegivebooks.org.
This year, MetaMetrics developed an Activity Guide to accompany Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad to enhance the reading experience. The activities in the guide align with CCSS Anchor Standards for Reading in grades K-3. The Activity Guide helps readers:
- Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
- Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
- Analyze the structure of text, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
- Join the Bug Squad to show your support for Early Childhood Literacy.
- Spread the word about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record by visiting the Pearson Foundation’s Share page.