Reading Activities Part 3

by Sophia McMillan
(Shane Training Centre, Shane Corporation)

Reading Activities Part 3

To extend the activity, put some consonant cards on a table and call out syllables, pa, do, ip, ed or simple three letter words, cat, sit, dog. Learners have to grab the correct consonant(s) cards, run to the correct vowel sound and say the syllable or word.

∗ Focusing on the whole word

Slap Variations: Slap with word cards instead of pictures.

Double handed slap: One hand on the picture and the other hand on the word.

Action slap: Place some word flashcards around the edge of the table. Have a couple more flashcards than learners. Shout an action (e.g. jump) and everyone jumps around the table. Shout stop and learners have to slap the nearest flashcard to them and shout the word. Take away one flashcard after each turn. After a few times, there won’t be enough flashcards for everyone and the person who doesn’t slap a card is out. They can nominate the next action and shout stop. Continue until you have a winner. Flashcards could have picture prompts on one side and words on the reverse.

Pelmanism: Make pairs between the picture and word.

Dice Game: Write 1 to 6 on the board and put a word next to each number. These words need to belong to the same word group. Learners roll the dice, read the word and follow the instructions. Some ideas: Colours: learners roll the dice to decide which colour to use in a picture

Actions: learners do actions

Prepositions of place (on, next to, under etc): if you have a small object and a box, learners have to read and put the object on the box or next to the box.

Animals: learners pretend to be the animal.

Parts of face: learners draw in the parts of the face as they roll each number.

Nouns: use the target vocabulary of the lesson which learners have to put into the target structure.

Noughts and Crosses: Write words in each square, learners throw a sticky ball. They have to read the word and then also say it in the structure that you’re focusing on that lesson.

Musical Chairs: Write the target vocabulary on cards. You should have as many words as there are learners. Get learners to turn their chairs around so they’re all facing away from the table. Put a word on each chair. Play a song and learners walk around. When you stop the music learners have to sit down, then read the word and put it into the target structure for the lesson. Take away one chair and continue until there’s a winner. Play this game at the end of a lesson as it can get boisterous.

Find the Colour: Choose three colour flashcards with the colour on one side and the word on the other. Show both the colour and the word and drill. Line them up in a row with the word facing up. Choose one colour and show them which one it is. Then quickly move them around several times. Ask a learner to show you which card is the colour you chose. They can check by turning it over to see the colour on the other side. Learners can do the same for each other or for the teacher.

Simon’s Game: Put three or four colour word cards on the table or write them on the whiteboard. Drill the words. Give a learner a plastic hammer. Say a sequence of 3-5 of the words e.g. “red, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow.” The learner has to remember the sequence and strike the card or word with the hammer repeating the sequence. This works just as well for number words or nouns you want to practise reading.

Word Recognition Boules: Spread a set of word cards evenly around table. Give one person from each team a “ring”. A word is selected that the team members need to find, then learners gently try to throw the “ring” onto that word. The closest to the word wins the point.

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·         Bio: Sophia McMillan is the Training Manager / TESOL Course Director at Shane Training Centre, Shane Corporation Ltd, Japan. A training centre dedicated to promoting and fostering teacher development and the only Trinity accredited training centre in Japan.

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