The Reading Nook

Tips and tools for children's literacy

Title: Your story
Size of group: 1-20
Appropriate grade level: 1-3
Skills practiced: Writing, story-telling, and comprehension
Materials: Paper, pencils, crayons
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:

Title: Word Race
Size of group: 4-9
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skills practiced: Writing, Spelling
Materials: Scrabble letters, or letter flash cards.
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:

Title: Fill in the blank
Size of group:  1-4
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skills practiced: Sight words, writing, comprehension
Materials: A pencil and a passage that has missing words (sight words) and a word bank
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Title: Ten Go-To Games for Tutors

Size of group: 1-10
Appropriate grade level: Pre-K-5
Category: activity/lesson plan ideas and tutor tips

Some tried and true ways to make your learning time fun, engaging and educational! 

Website/resource title: ReadWorks: The Solution to Reading Comprehension
Type of resource: Website
Web address/where to find it: http://www.readworks.org/ 
Appropriate grade level: K-12
Category: websites/resources

Title: Lightning
Size of group:  1-2
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Sight word recognition
Materials: Multiple copies of a list of 10-16 sight words, highlighter
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:

Title: Resources for Working with ELL Students
Type of resource: Website
Where to find it: http://multilingual.mpls.k12.mn.us/language_resources
Appropriate grade level: K-12
Category: websites/resources

Title: Memory/Concentration
Size of group:  1-4
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Memory, sight word recognition
Materials: Cards that have sight words, two cards for each word included
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:
1. Make two cards for each word you want to include in the game.

Title: 8 Great iPad Apps for ESL Students
Type of resource: online news article 
Where to find it http://www.edudemic.com/top-9-fantastic-ipad-apps-esl-students/
Appropriate grade level: K-12
Category: digital literacy resources

Title: Sparkle
Size of group: 5-25
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Listening and spelling
Materials: A list of words appropriate for the age range and space
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:
1. Position the group of students in a circle and have them all stand up.

2. Choose a place to start and be prepared with words they should know how to spell.

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