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As a pre-reading activity have the students complete this scavenger hunt to find all the aspects of their informational text.
After reading about a nonfiction topic, have them create a mini book of everything they learned. These can then be put in the reading center.

Reading in the Content areas

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Flashlight Reading  Have the kids each bring in a flashlight or provide them one, turn off the lights and do flashlight reading.
Students can win prizes or rewards for getting bingo for competing reading tasks.

Motivation to Read

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Have the students roll a die 3 times to determine what to write their story about. Each number has a corresponding subject.
Writing Center At this center, students use cards to build sentences


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Description is in the picture. Great game to practice spelling vocabulary words.
Give each student a laminated spelling mat. For each word you give them they will write it and then make it from play doh.


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After reading Peter Pan give each student the crocodile template, clock template, a paper bag, glue, and a brass fastener. Have them glue together this crocodile clock puppet that can be used for retelling in centers.
After reading The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems, as a class, complete a needs and wants chart for the Pigeon.


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Fluency Bingo Have the students read the passage/text 3+ times and try to get 3 in a row.
Echo Reading The teacher reads a text aloud phrase by phrase and the students echo him/her as a class. This allows them to practice their intonation.


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Have students read the passage and cut and paste the pictures in order of events. This teaches basic sequencing of events for younger learners.
Pair students up. Have them read the text together. Have them take turns rolling a die and answering the questions.


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Vocabulary Question Trail Post questions around the room asking students to infer the definition of vocabulary words. Each answer will send them to the next, if they get them all right they will get to each question, if they get one wrong they will end up back at that one and have to try again. This is a good bodily-kinesthetic way of learning vocabulary words.
Dice Game Put students in groups. Give them a stack of index cards containing each vocabulary word. Have them take turns rolling the die, and then choosing a card. Depending on what number they roll they can define the word, use it in a sentence, act it out,   Draw it, give a synonym or give an antonym.


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Give students pockets and root word pencils to cut out and construction paper to glue them to. Have them glue left, right and bottom edges of pockets down leaving the top open for pocket. Have them sort root words into what suffix they think that word would need. You can then add these to stations for practice.
Create flip books using multiple strips of paper of the same length and one longer. Staple them together. On the longer strip have the students write the prefix and on the shorter strips write the root words. These can be used for practice daily.

Word Identification

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Nuts and Bolts Sight Word Center  Give students a pencil box full of letter beads and pipe cleaners with sight words attached to the ends. Have them slide the beads onto the pipe cleaners to spell the site words.
Give students a cookie sheet with shaving cream spread out on it. Call out the sight words to the students and have them write it with their finger. They can spread it out again between words to erase.

Word Recognition

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Write each letter the students are learning on small cards and bury them in a small sandbox. Tell them they are detectives looking for evidence. Give them the sandbox, an “evidence box” showing each letter they’re looking for, a magnifying glass, and optional tweezers for younger students to develop fine motor skills. Have them hunt for these letters and say the sounds aloud as they pull them out and place them in the evidence box.
Write each letter on a colored circle and lay them out to resemble a game board. Starting in front of the letter A, have the student roll a die and that’s how many spaces they move. Have them say aloud the sound of the letter they land on.


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