Key Stage 2 To work as independent activities during the Guided Reading session they must be introduced and modelled so that children get the idea. You could introduce the ideas as part of introductory and plenary activities or as a quick game during your literacy sessions. Over time the children will build up their repertoire of activities that they can manage independently.
CHOOSE A CONNECTIVE
Give the children a sentence opener-The sad queen sat on the throne.
Then challenge them to finish the sentence using a connective: after, because, before, while. (A box containing connectives could be used for this activity)
SUPER SENTENCE OF THE WEEK
Provide the children with a dull sentence to improve i.e. The mouse ate the cheese.
Challenge the children to:
Add words in - The greedy mouse carefully ate the cheese.
Add on at the end -The mouse ate the cheese because it was hungry.
Add on at the beginning -While it was waiting the cat ate the cheese.
Children copy passages or pages from books. (Using egg timer)
Challenge the children to copy words, that they frequently get wrong, as many times as they can in 1 or 2 minutes.
Very useful way of developing vocabulary and improving spelling. Provide the children with a word i.e. dinosaur and challenge them to write a list of words that start with the last letter of the previous word.
elephant For an extra challenge ask the children to write words linked to a particular category e.g. food
Grapes BOX OF VERBS
Ask the children to choose a verb from the box and brainstorm alternative words using the thesaurus. E.g.
Challenge the children to write their own ABCs. For example:
ABC of feelings
ABC of boy’s names
ABC of girl’s names
ABC of animals.
The children could then add an adjective or use alliteration, as an extra challenge e.g.
The adventurous ant ate an ….
The bold bear blew…. Or you could ask the children to choose a location:
Provide children with passages/extracts to encourage the children to start by looking for compound words then ask the children to find words that have their beginning in one word and their end in the next.
Closeattention = Seat
Ask the children to invent a short sentence using letters in number plates.
Ideas for Reading Carousel Activities
Key Stage 1
To work as independent activities during the guided reading session they must be introduced and modelled so that children get the idea. You could introduce the ideas as part of introductory and plenary activities or as a quick game. Over time the children will build up their repertoire of activities that they can manage independently.
Character of the Week
Children share books about the character of the week and write an interesting word or descriptive sentence about them (using post-its). They stick their words on the ‘Describing Word of the Week’ board.
Class Post Box
Children writer letters to their friends and post them in the Class Post Box. The post is delivered every morning during registration time by the Class Post Box Monitor.
Children to read clues on the outside of envelopes and then open them up to discover the identity of the character. (Inside envelopes children will find the name of the character with a picture to match.)
Children to make their own ‘Guess the Character’ envelopes.
Children explore the contents of different book bags. Book bags should include a range of activities linked to the theme of the book-including sequencing cards, story CDs, information books, story props etc.
Children to make cards: SORRY, THANK YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY etc.
Role Play Area
Consider the types of reading/writing that might be found in the real world and provide them as writing formats. i.e.
The Clinic magazines to read, books about babies, leaflets.
Children to sequence pictures from the book of the week.
Children to make ABCs. These could include ABC of feelings, ABC of animals etc.
Children to share books in story tent.
Reading with Teaching Assistant. Book Reviews
Children to write book reviews.
Make themed book boxes to store a small collection of books. (The boxes that photocopying paper come from are ideal.)
New stories for old
Choose an original story with a strong pattern that is easy to adapt. Children to write a new version. (You may need to model this activity through shared writing a couple of times.) i.e. We’re going on a bear hunt-We’re going on a mouse hunt.
Children to make an alphabet book to stick in the wrappers from their favourite chocolate bars.
Toys Story time
Children to read stories to class toys.
Children share comics (you will quickly see who enjoys this kind of reading). Ask children to bring in comics from home - many comics contain excellent examples of a wide variety of texts types, instructions for example.
Children cut out characters from comics and label.
Play dough words
Children make words using play dough.
Simply clip a big book that the children all know well on an easel. Arrange four or five chairs in a semi-circle. (they never need much encouragement-see who takes on the role of the adult and who joins in as the book is read.)
Small World Play
Provide children with story props related to the story of the week-children could re-tell the story or create their own small world.
More Fluent Readers Re-write a section of the guided reading text as a comic. Reading Journals
Reflecting on any aspect of the text.
Reading or continuing to read the guided reading textPreparing for a guided reading session by reading a part of the text.
Highlight evidence about the character’s feelings.
Find the Word
Give the children old texts/photocopies of texts/laminated pages from books and ask them to ring/highlight high frequency words i.e. and.
How many can they find on a page?
How many capital letters can they find?
Use children’s own names as a basis for a word/letter hunt.
Research- (ICT and Books) Reading other texts on the same topic or by the same author
Comprehension Activities Kofi
Look in Kofi’s bag and label the objects with post-its.
Speech and thought bubbles
Insert text into speech and thought bubbles to record thoughts and feelings.
Sentence maker and alphabet puzzles. *******************************************************