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K-2 Reading Activities for School or for Home (using only their book)
My Library Routine/Activities (and/or PLC options)
More Quick Options to Implement for School or Home
K-2 Reading Activities for School or for Home (using only their book):
**If students forgot their book and aren't checking out, have some books available to look at during their library time.**
Students can do these independently after a quick demonstration. They can "read" any book!
- Letter Look Up- Students find letters they know in their book and give themselves a quiet thumbs up every time they find one! Easy to praise students finding their letters from distance or close by.
- First Name Letter Look Up: Ex: If their name is Lola, they find as many L's as they can on the cover, spine, and each page. Bonus: Even on the itsy bitsy copyright page!
- Partner Letter Look Up Game- Students go back and forth on a page asking their partner to find a certain letter on that page in their book.
- Letter Count- For math practice, they can count the number of times they find a certain letter on a page. Play with a partner to see who has more.
- Sight Word Scavenger Hunt- At their seat, have students look for sight words they know in their books. Each time they find one, they give themselves a quiet thumbs up! Easy to praise students finding their words from distance or close by.
- Words of the Day- Put words up where the whole class can see them. Pick words that are in almost every book (a, the, in, he, she, it, on, to, etc.) for students to try to find.
- Partner Sight Word Scavenger Hunt Game- Students go back and forth on a page asking their partner to find a certain word on that page in their book.
- Sight Word Count- For math practice, they can count the number of times they find a certain word on a page. Play with a partner to see who has more.
- Partner Picture Walk- Students share with the student next to them what they think is happening in the story/what the characters are saying based on the pictures. They can also share what they would do if they were in the page/book.
- I Spy with any picture book- Students go back and forth on a page asking their partner to find items in their pictures.
- Spelling Game- Students go back and forth on a page asking their partner to spell a certain word. (Difficulty varies per grade.)
My Library Routine (#5 could be used also/instead as PLC centers):
#1. Students sit quietly at the carpet or seats. Preference based. Favorite day in library! Share mini agenda for the day.
#2. (5-15 minutes) Share Time
Ask the students to raise their hand to share something about their day/week, or a question that may lead into a story/lesson. Ex: Before reading a book about a dog (Marley, Clifford)...How many of you can tell one story about when your dog or a friend's dog did something silly? If it's not possible to get to everyone, ask individually during checkout/silent reading/activities. Or, just ask a quick version question...Favorite place you've visited in 1-3 words...Weirdest food...Best book ever...Random fact of the week...If still learning names, ask them to say their name before they share. Other students practice Look and Listen.
- Also works to do checkout here before #3, #4, and #5.
#3. (5-20 minutes) Story and/or Group Lesson & Activity and/or Booktalks (kids are great at these, as well)
- It can be necessary to dismiss rows/tables to go straight to #5, and skip #4, if #3 was longer that day.
#4. (10-25 minutes) Activity at seats- Having to do with lesson
Coloring sheet/bookmark to higher level (call # sort, research, etc.)
#5. (10-20 minutes) Checkout/After-Checkout Seat Activities/Silent Reading/Trust Time Centers
Trust Time after checkout (and/or PLC options)- Pick from a few choices (demonstrate expectations for centers that day and quick cleanup prior to calling students to go to center choices): Reading Train, Silent Reading at Seat, Read with a partner or stuffed buddy, Craft, Puzzle, MakerSpace centers on tables or carpet: Origami books w/paper, Drawing books w/paper, Make-your-own book w/paper, Make-your-own puzzle w/paper, Building (playing cards/index cards for an inexpensive card house building option), Coloring, etc.).
- After checkout, or as a Trust Time/Silent Reading choice, students can go directly to the Reading Train (always a choice)...aka sit in a line reading their books by the door until their teacher arrives. If short on time, this also works well so they are already lined up when the teacher comes.
More Quick Options for School or Home:
K-2nd Read a favorite picture book of yours and a low level Nonfiction book that matches (aka Library Lion and a short book on lions or big cats OR Hedgie Blasts Off and books on space). As you read aloud, especially to 1st and 2nd, point out HOW to read words...Italicized (leaning words)? Capital letters? Bold? Exclamation point! Period. Question Mark? Be word detectives!
- What are the differences between the books?
- Why do you think the author wrote this book?
- Why did they choose to have someone draw (illustrate) or take pictures instead for their book?
- How did that change the the book?
- You can also do a vote for which was their favorite this time. Interesting to see which kids pick F or NF.
- Set out some great books of both F and NF during checkout.
At their seats, have a bookmark for them to color (can be with that animal or subject on it) while they're waiting to get called to checkout. 1st and 2nd can also draw/write fiction or nonfiction stories or cartoons given a blank sheet or half sheet they can fold in half (about their animal experiences or what they would do if a lion came to library or school, if they got to go to space, etc.). If they finish making their book in or out of class, it can be read aloud next class.
3rd-5th Some of you are doing versions of this and it works well. Each class, choose a Fiction chapter book or two. Choose a high interest Nonfiction or two (can match or not). Read the back or inside cover and the first few pages of the Fiction book. Show the cover and a really awesome page of the nonfiction book. Show a short video from online that matches to pique their interest. Author's websites, National Geographic kids, Bookflix, etc. Show the kids the book's call number and how/where to find books on these subjects.