If you’re reading this, you know how important reading is in today’s world. Imagine trying to apply for a job, fill out a form or follow written instructions if this skill is difficult for you. What a difference you can make in someone’s life if you can help them increase their ability to read! I began tutoring reading as a volunteer with the organization literacykc.org this summer. It’s been a great fit with my passion for inspiring education for essential life skills and my belief in the importance of reading for learning.
I’m still learning about what is involved, and have gathered links to some great free resources on a Pinterest board, as well as a playlist of videos on Youtube. If you are interested in helping someone with reading skills, there are lots of activities to begin. Here I share printable activities, online games, and videos to make learning fun for students of any age, organized by the concept being learned. These are for the English language, which can be challenging to master.
Watch: KidsTV123 videos at the Youtube playlist.
Print ABC cards at http://www.mamamiss.com/2013/01/13/abc-alphabet-cards-free-printable/
Put ABC cards into name tag holders on a ring: see http://craftifyit.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-gift-idea-numero-dos.html
- ABC games at http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/index/load.htm
CONCEPT: Phonics, the sounds that letters make
Watch: Hooked on Phonics TV at the Youtube playlist.
Listen: at http://www.abcfastphonics.com/
Print: Letter sounds alphabet game at http://mominspiredlife.com/letter-sounds-alphabet-game/#_a5y_p=3394953
- Phonics matching games at http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/phonics/
- Games at http://www.starfall.com/n/level-a/learn-to-read/load.htm
- Letter Match at http://www.abcya.com/letter_match_uppercase_lowercase.htm
CONCEPT: Sight words are high frequency words that appear most often in written materials.
Print: Sight Word Bingo at http://www.abcya.com/dolch_sight_word_bingo.htm
Apps: Sight Word Apps at http://www.whilehewasnapping.com/2014/08/five-sight-word-apps-to-help-your-kids-learn-to-read/
Practice reading sight words:
- “The Best Thing In the World” is a story which contains all of the 220 Dolch basic sight words at http://www.mrsperkins.com/resources.html.
- at http://readinghawk.com/Reading_Hawk/Welcome.html
- at http://readyteacher.com/free-dolch-reading-passages/
CONCEPT: Making words
Print: Making words folder at http://teacherbitsandbobs.blogspot.com/2011/03/making-words.html
Online Game: Make words at http://www.abcya.com/dolch_sight_word_spelling.htm
CONCEPT: Word families-same endings
Print: Make a flipper to change first letters from spiral bound index cards cut in sections, or use paint chips, see http://teachbesideme.com/paint-chip-word-families/
- Find word families at http://bacchusclass.blogspot.com/2012/11/blending-sounds-with-word-families.html?m=1
- Print your own paint chips with the free printable paint chip calendar from http://www.blairturner.com/2013/07/paint-chip-inspired-calendars-monday-made-it-7813.html
CONCEPT: Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings, like ate and eight.
Print: worksheets at http://www.k12reader.com/term/homophones/
Meaning Match: definitions at http://www.eduplace.com/parents/resources/homework/la/homophone.html
CONCEPT: Grammar, parts of speech
Watch: Schoolhouse Rock videos at the Youtube playlist.
Online game: Grammar Gorilla at http://www.funbrain.com/brain/ReadingBrain/ReadingBrain.html
CONCEPT: Sentence building
I’ve been working on creating some prototypes for literacy activities: 1) a hybrid of the index card flipper and paint chips for word families, 2) roll a silly sentence cubes for sentence building, and 3) meaning match for homophones.