Small group

Size of group: 3-5

Appropriate grade level: K-3

Skill practiced: Comprehension; Story-telling; Listening skills; Fluency

Materials: Book or story; props or costumes if desired

Category: Children’s tutor tips

Directions:

1.       Introduce the story and talk about any vocabulary the students might need to know.

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

Directions:
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

Directions:
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

Directions:
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

Size of group: 3-10
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Listening, comprehension, and oral communication
Materials: A microphone
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Directions:
1. Position the group of students in a circle.

2. Explain that each person in the circle is going to tell part of the story, so they need to listen to each other carefully.

Size of group: 3-5

Appropriate grade level: 2-3

Skill practiced: Spelling and Vocabulary

Materials: Set of Scrabble tiles.

Category: lesson plan/activity idea

 

Directions:

Size of group: 1-5 (depending on age)
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Writing, comprehension, spelling
Materials: A prompt, paper, pencil, and colored pencils or crayons
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

Size of group: 3-7

Appropriate grade level: 2-3

Skill practiced: Vocabulary and Spelling

Materials: Paper and pencils, notecards, or a dry-erase board

Category: lesson plan/activity idea

 

Directions:

Size of group: 3-4
Appropriate grade level: K-3
Skill practiced: Sight word recognition, Alphabet/letter recognition, rhyming, and more, depending on what you want to focus on
Materials: Sight word flash cards, Alphabet flash cards, or a set of prepared questions.
Category: lesson plan/activity idea

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