Utah Lesson Plans
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Game, Lesson, Lesson Plan
  • English Language Arts
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Premedia-letters
  • Preschool
  • Read Aloud
  • Reading
  • Words
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:

    Concepts of Print

    Concepts of Print


    Children will learn how to correctly hold a book, notice the spacing between words, tie illustrations to text, and track the words with a finger. Children will demonstrate that reading is done left to right, top to bottom, and front to back.


    Take time at least once a week to teach the concepts of print to your child(ren).  Teach how to hold a book, point out the spacing between words, tie illustrations to text, track the words with your finger as you read to demonstrate reading from left to right and top to bottom.  

    Once your child(ren) is comfortable, hand them a book upside down and backwards to see if they can demonstrate knowledge of holding a book and opening to the front page.  Watch them as they imitate reading familiar stories with you.  Notice if they are pointing and orienting left to right and top to bottom movements on a page. 



    Children’s books

    Background for Teachers/Parents

    Make this fun and engaging. When children “read” to you, make sure it is a book they have heard repeatedly.  

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Children will correctly hold a book and demonstrate that print is read from top to bottom, left to right, and front to back. 

    Time Frame & Group Size

    Time Frame:10 minutes

    Group Size: Individual works best for demonstration of skills although teaching can occur in any size group.


    Main Standards:

    • ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.1
    • ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.2
    • ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.4
    • ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.6