Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Ten Things for Students to do While You're Teaching Reading Groups
3. Read With a Partner This is very motivational for the children, and I sometimes use it instead of Independent Reading. They do love anything social!
6. Literacy Games Literacy games can include word work, comprehension skills, grammar practice, developing vocabulary or any combination of these. Again, adding that social component motivates the children. Games are such a great opportunity to practice skills, and they keep the children engaged and happy!
7. Task Cards Task cards can practice work work, comprehension skills, grammar skills, thinking skills, or even social studies or science! You can make your own or use task card you've found.
8. Read with a Teacher Assistant or Parent Volunteer I do have a few little ones with very short attention spans or just need a little more guidance. These children really benefit from reading with an adult. The adults are encouraged to stop and chat about the story and encourage understanding as well as enjoyment.
9. Practice Handwriting Skills Sometimes they just have to focus on making the letters touch the lines in the right places! We are lucky enough to have Handwriting workbooks, but any paper will do! They can even practice handwriting skills on whiteboards or chalkboards.
10. Practice Spelling Words Have you found Spelling City? The children also love practicing their words with a partner on their white boards. They look out for each other, and the whiteboards are very forgiving.
What do your students do while you're teaching reading groups?