Tutor Tips

the circle game

Prep Time: 2-5 minutes

Materials: flip chart paper, markers, tape

Prep: gather the materials and decide on a topic


Journeys book

Thanks to Jessica Horning at Open Door Learning Center, Lake Street for sharing this tip!

Purpose:   Students answer comparison questions about a story from Journeys by comparing their life to the author’s life.  They also identify any unknown words and guess at the meaning through determining the part of speech.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Materials needed: Journeys books, Journeys Response Sheet (see link below), copier


Purpose: To practice vocabulary by saying examples

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Materials:  Round the Circle Template (link is below), a list of six category vocabulary words, game pieces/coins

Prep: Fill in the Round the Circle Template with the category level vocabulary words and make copies for groups of students. Some example words to use:

raised hands

Purpose: to ensure that students are called upon randomly and to add some interest to class discussions

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Materials: laptop or tablet and projector; an Internet connection



Source: Learning One-to One by Ingrid Wisniewska

Purpose: to use speaking and listening skills to practice asking questions and vocabulary

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Materials: a wordpool grid, pen or pencil

magnifying glass

Tutors are often asked to assist students with a challenging task. The students are confused, but why?  Breaking down a task can help a tutor predict challenges students may have, find sources of confusion, and prepare students for more challenging tasks.

ping pong balls

[photo credit: Melissa Culver]

Purpose: Sight words are words that a reader does not need to stop and sound out. Knowing many sight words allows a reader to be more fluent and increases comprehension. This practice idea gives students the opportunity to memorize more sight words. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Materials: A box of ping pong balls, a marker

two figures walking

Thank you to Jessica Jones and her class at Open Door Learning Center for showing us how this activity works with a video!

Purpose to use reading, writing, speaking a listening skills while working with a partner

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Materials: signs for students to read, paper and pens

four arrows

Many thanks to Lori Leininger for sharing this activity idea!

Purpose:  This activity stimulates student learning through movement, social skills and discussion. This activity is fun and takes very little preparation and is a great review activity.

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Materials: Four large signs that you will create

Purpose: to practice vocabulary or grammar using a model sentence Prep Time: five minutes Materials:a ball or small stuffed animal Prep: Obtain a ball or stuffed animal for students to toss. Choose the model sentence(s) that the students will say during the activiy. Procedure:



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