Reading Readiness Lesson Ideas

  • Display a variety of literacy materials in the classroom and provide opportunities to use them. Think about
    posters, schedules, simple charts, etc.
  • Teach turn taking.
  • Integrate sensory experiences into reading. If you read a book about baking cookies then bake some cookies so students can get the full picture of the smell, taste, etc.
  • Work on increasing attention span. (see: Work Habits)
  • Teach visual matching.(see: Data Management and Probability)
  • Take a walk around the classroom or school and talk to students about the many uses of print. Include labels, signs, etc.
  • Read aloud print throughout the day. Let students see the ways you use print throughout the day to help you.
  • Explain to students why you are writing things down. "I am putting your name on this picture so that everyone will know that you did this."
  • Let the student turn the pages while you read them a book.
  • Let students see you tracking print with your finger. When you reach the end of the page, ask the student to turn the page.
  • Let non readers pretend to read to dolls, friends.
  • Show appropriate writing behaviours when students dictate to you. Start at the top of the page and write from the left to the right. Talk out loud about how you are using these strategies.
  • Read out loud what you have written and track it with your finger as you read.
  • Create shopping lists made up of pictures clipped from flyers.
  • Divide the shopping list into categories.
  • Look for cake mixes with rebus style directions.
  • Use stickers on the calendar to mark special events.
  • Use photos of students on the job chart.
  • Find Your Name: Take a picture of each child. Print the child's name at the bottom of the picture. Print the child's name on the cardboard strip. Before the children arrive place their name cards on the area rug. Place their pictures on the outside rows of a pocket chart. When the children arrive they find their name card on the area rug and place it next to their picture in the pocket chart. The name cards left on the rug are the children who are absent. If you also use name tags place a table by the pocket chart and after the children place their name cards in the pocket chart they find their name tags on the table. Store the pictures and name cards in the top slots of the pocket chart.
  • Flower Names: Paint  paint stirrers green. Then make a flower head for each child with their name on it (1st name for 3's and first and last for 4's). Laminate the flower heads. Then hot glue the heads to the green paint stirrer sticks to make a flower. Then get a plastic flower pot (medium sized) and fill it 2/3 full of rice. When the children come to school in the morning they find their flower and "plant" it in the flower pot. The children love this
  • Name Table: Scan photographs of each child in the group and place them, along with the child's first name onto the writing/drawing table. Cover each name and photo with clear contact paper so they don't get in the way of the children working, and suddenly I have many children who are interested in not only writing their own name but forming letters and learning other children's names. If you are unable to get the children's photos just print the names on construction paper and place on the table. Cover with contact paper. Later in the year change by adding the child's first and last name to the table.
  • To help children recognize words. Label items throughout the room with paper signs. Such as place the word chair on the chairs. Label the shelves, door, window, cabinet...