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Manipulative-Based Activities That Engage Young Readers

 

Early Literacy & Phonemic Awareness|Grades K-1

Segmenting Words into Phonemes

A strong ability to orally segment whole words into individual sounds (or phonemes) helps children later on when they begin to decode words in text.

Alphabet Center Pocket Chart

 

Try It!

Using picture cards in a pocket chart as prompts, children in a literacy center recite the words for the pictures and orally segment the words into their individual phonemes

Other Segmenting Words into Phonemes Materials:  
 

Phonics|Grades K-1

C-V-C Words

After children learn the letters and their sounds, they can learn to build simple words. The first word-building pattern students learn is C-V-C (consonant-vowel-consonant). In C-V-C words, the vowels are always short.

Let's Tackle the ABCs™

 

 

Other Segmenting Words into Phonemes Materials:

 
 

Vocabulary |Grades 1-3

Word Building Reading Rods®

Try It!

A child groups several words by meaning and explains why he grouped the words the way he did. A teacher then assesses his work.

 

 
Other Informally Assessing Vocabulary Materials:  
 

Fluency & Text Comprehension| Grades 1-3

Questioning & Predicting

Good readers ask themselves questions as they read and find answers within the text. This process helps children develop a deep understanding of the material they are learning.

Conversation Cubes

Short Vowel Reader Set

Try It!

While reading a book, a child pauses from time to time to roll question word cubes. He then asks himself (and answers) the questions he rolls.

 

 

Writing | Grades 1-3

Commas

Commas tell readers when to pause while reading aloud, contributing to fluency and comprehension.

 

Sentence Building Magnetic Tiles

 

Try It!

Using magnetic word tiles, children build a sentence with a comma and read the sentence aloud. Then, they remove the comma and try to re-read the sentence.

Other Comma Materials:  
 

Anatomy of Paragraph

The first sentence of a paragraph is usually the topic sentence, which states the main idea. In most cases, every paragraph also has two or more supporting sentences, followed by a concluding sentence.

 

Hamburger Sequencing Pocket Chart

 

 

Try It!

A class goes on a nature walk and writes sentences on sentence strips to describe the experience. Then, students arrange the sentences into a logical paragraph.

 

Other Paragraph Materials:  
 

Grammar| Grades 1-3

Building a Simple Sentence

The color-coded Reading Rods® system teaches the simple sentence formula: 1 green rod (noun or pronoun) + 1 yellow rod (verb) + end punctuation. All other rods add more information to the simple sentence.

 

Simple Sentences Reading Rods®

 

 

Try It!

A child connects one green noun rod and one yellow rod, and adds a period to create a sentence. Then, she adds an adverb rod.

Other Simple Sentence Materials:  
 
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