Learning to Read
Young children love to be read to and look forward to reading themselves. This sampling of resources provide activities that are fun and stimulate interest in reading.
- Letter Books
- Kindergarten children are usually familiar with beginning sound “ABC” books with texts such as “A is for apple.” In this activity, repeated for each consonant letter, art, writing, conventional spelling, and reading are combined to create a personal “Letter Book” for each child.(Kindergarten, English Language Arts)
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom- Learning Letters and Sounds at a Zoom!
- This lesson introduces, reviews, and reinforces letter recognition and letter sounds using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Kindergarten children will enjoy this activity! It is appropriate for all academic levels. (Kindergarten, English Language Arts)
- Cross-Checking-An Early Reading Strategy
- Beginning readers need to learn how to bring together two sources of information simultaneously. They have to think about what would make sense and think about letters/sounds; cross-checking. Most children prefer to do one or the other, but not both. Therefore, some children guess something that is sensible but ignore the visual (letter/sound) and others guess something which is close to the visual but makes no sense in the sentence. This activity will demonstrate how to cross check. (Grade 1 English Language Arts)
- Vowel, Consonant, Vowel Your Way To Better Reading”
- Students will learn decoding patterns using vowels and consonants to divide words into syllables in order to sound out the word. (Grade 2, English Language Arts)
- Bulletin Board of Story Elements
- This lesson will introduce young children to the elements of stories starting with characters. Children will be involved with interactive writing as they respond to shared reading lessons. Students will illustrate a caption of a character to be displayed on a bulletin board. (Grade 1, English Language Arts)
- Predicting Skills
- Students will practice predicting what will happen in different stories and understand why predicting is important while reading. (Grades 2–4 English Language Arts)
- Reading picture books
- Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.
- Real-world approaches to reading
- Techniques for providing children with the literacy-rich environment that is crucial to both reading and writing success
- Reading picture books: resources for teachers
- Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
- Literacy Center
- The Play and Learn section of this site teaches young students about the alphabet, shapes, numbers, words, colors, writing, and more.
- Between the Lions
- A website companion to the popular PBS kids’ show contains stories, interactive games, activities, and audio and video clips that foster literacy and demonstrate the joys of reading. Targeted at children who are four to seven years old.
- Seussville University
- Students, ages 3 through 7, will have “lots of good fun that is funny” while learning basic reading, math, science, and reasoning skills.
- Little Animals Activity Centre
- Full of activities and fun for 4 to 8 year olds. Digby Mole makes learning about spelling and rhyming sounds fun. Visit the site to meet your other animal friends and see what you can do together!
The following webpages are from Read-Write-Think which provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.