This is the second in a series of activities contributed by 2015 Summer Reads VISTAs who completed a capstone project. Capstone projects are intended to benefit all sites and advance the field of children's literacy.
This is the first in a series of activities contributed by 2015 Summer Reads VISTAs who completed a capstone project. Capstone projects are intended to benefit all sites and advance the field of children's literacy. For more information on Summer Reads, visit /volunteers/vista/summer-reads-vista.
Size of group: 3-7 Appropriate grade level: 2-3 Skill practiced: Vocabulary and Spelling Materials: Paper and pencils, noecards, or a dry-erase board Category: Lesson plan/activity idea
Choose a category, such as "Animals" or "Fruits". Set a timer for one minute, and then let the students write down as many words that could fit into that category as possible. Tally up their scores, and give them extra points for good spelling.
Size of group: 3-10 Appropriate grade level: K-3 Skill practiced: Spelling, vocabulary, alphabet/letter recognition Materials: Set of different-colored chalk, and a sidewalk outside. Category: lesson plan/activity idea
Give each student their choice of colored chalk and have them write their name on the sidewalk. Then have them come up with words (ideally adjectives) that begin with each letter of their name, in an acrostic poem style.
Size of group: 3-5 Appropriate grade level: 2-3 Skill practiced: Spelling, vocabulary, and rhyming Materials: Set of Scrabble or Bananagrams tiles Category: lesson plan/activity idea
Set up a word ending template, such as “and” or “ing”. Then give each student a set of consonants and have them try to make words by placing their consonants in front of the endings. Encourage them to use more than one letter at a time, such as “sh” or “str”.
Size of group: 3-6 Appropriate grade level: K-1 Skill practiced: Phonics and decoding, sounds Materials: Pictures, ideally with the word written, and cards with letters or combinations of letters such as “sh”. Category: lesson plan/activity idea