is an initiative of the National Literacy Trust that helps children
and young people (aged 0 to 19) to realise their potential by
motivating them to read. We promote the fun of reading, the
importance of book choice and the benefits to families of having
books at home. Our projects provide motivational activities,
opportunities for family and community involvement, and free books
for children to choose and keep.
Guardian Unlimited says, "Teachers and parents who are struggling to
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the example of two 13-year-old
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Tips for Teaching Autistic Children
Learning to read should be fun
for any child, but when it comes to
autistic children, you have to reach
them on their level, so make sure
you chose a method that meets their
Australian Children's Books
holds a wealth of background material about Australian children's
literature, from the earliest published books to contemporary works. The
array of resource links to authors, awards, genres and publishing is
I Love to Read Activities
Using a reading week theme, print blank bookmarks on cards. Using these
templates, children can design their own bookmark. Winners will be
chosen from each grade level. Winning bookmarks are copied and printed
and laminated, to hand out. Collect all seven!
Teachers get their own READ posters. Classes can
choose to create their own posters with their students.
Another teacher poster project. Take pictures of
teachers holding their favorite books as if they were reading them, only
their eyes showing. Children have to identify each teacher. We provide a
sheet with all the teachers names and students have to match them to the
picture numbers. At the end of the week post new pictures with the books
pulled down and showing the teachers' faces.
Read One Hundred Stories
This is a fun theme. Classes can see if they can read
one hundred stories in a week. You can make a bulletin board or display
with paper as blocks to make a hundred story building.
Have fifth graders each read a snippet over the
intercom each morning. One snippet is for PreK-2 and the other is 3-5.
It is a few sentences from a popular book, must include the main
character's name. Children can guess the title of the book. One winner
is chosen for each group per day. Rewards are either left over bookfair
books or a coupon to check out additional books.
Guest readers in classes - principal, director, HS teachers, older
Favorite book awards
Create the Golden Gecko Award from every class for their favorite book
Read to parents
a form sent home saying if student reads aloud to
parents (or parents read aloud to student) 15 minutes every night prize
at the end. Promote read aloud at all levels and strengthen home/school
Read to the principal
Culminating event: Favorite character parade & dress up
as favorite character
Door Design--each class designs /decorates their classroom door for
favorite book or character
Charity Book Sale or book exchange
Collect used books for elementary students and adults and then have a
big book sale. Proceeds go to charity.
All the classes read and write poetry in the weeks
ahead of the event. This allows the librarian to work collaboratively
with classroom teachers on lessons and units related to poetry,
figurative language, using sensory images to comprehend texts, and
Then, each student transcribes a poem of his/her own making or a
favorite published poem onto a large index card.
On the day of the event, every adult in the building and parent
volunteers are given a 100 or so teeny, tiny
stickers. Throughout the day, students, carrying their poems in their
pockets, would ask an adult? "Would you like to hear the poem in my
pocket?" After reading/reciting the poem, the adult places a sticker on
the back of the student's index card.
Write a love note to their favorite library, librarian, author, or book
Involve parents as well. They could come and be guest readers for
A whole school Drop everything and read time.
Have a READ-IN.
Students bring a pillow, stuffed animal, blanket, etc. and their
books on a set day and the students and teacher spend the entire
literacy block reading in a comfy, cozy atmosphere. Invite parents, etc.
to come in and read their favorite stories as well.
Celebrate the whole month with I love to read Month.
Have a reading contest (race), for example around the
world. As each class comes closer to their goal (may be pages, books,
minutes of reading) move a marker on a huge bulletin board of the world.
Each class that meets their goal will get to take part in a Party in the
library. Have food from around the world and watch an educational video.
In addition, teachers are focusing on world studies, languages, etc.
Each teacher has decorated their door with a different concept around
the world wide theme.
You can also use the Iditarod and have a Sled dog and racer in for an
Cherububble site for young readers
The site advocates literacy for young readers and has terrific teacher
resources, parent packs, audio books and activity sheets. Excellent for
home schoolers and distance ed. students.
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Read "Horton Hears a Who" by Dr Seuss Online at
(“Really Books”) are picture books created with
RealeWriter (“Really Writer”) software (which is free). You can read
RealeBooks in your web browser or download them with RealeWriter to
print or modify. RealeLibraries (“Really Libraries”) are websites where
schools, organizations, and businesses share their
of interactive online reading activities from around the Web.
John Butler - Fun page
Children's illustrator and writer John Butler provides two interactive
stories for very young children: Whose nose and toes? and Whose baby am
I? Children move the mouse to find the matching animal. The simple easy
to read text is displayed alongside.
Here's a great reading website for JP students. The
Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service.
It is US based and 4 sections from ABC to learn to read
and I'm reading.
It has some thematic sections as well. A good addition to a book-based
reading program! Could be used at home.
Comprehension activities and references on
(taken from www.rlac.com or
Booklets and books by Joanne Carlisle
and Free English Lessons
ELC has 5 different levels with multiple choice questions, a cloze
activity, a writing exercise and sentence ordering exercises. The
Free English Lessons includes cloze exercises, speed reading
exercises, extensive reading including newspapers and fiction, and
Reading is fun
This resource was developed for Year 2 students having difficulty learning to
read. A series of activities, recorded with the digital camera, was used to
create texts for students to be discuss and manipulate.
Web Sites for Teaching Phonics
List of sites that could be useful when teaching phonics in the early primary
How to Teach Phonics To Your Child
Tips and Ideas on how to teach your child to recognize letter sounds, recognize
letters, and pronunciations.
A Model Lesson Plan for Teaching Phonics
The following lesson designs demonstrate what the thinking process might entail
as a teacher instructs a pupil in the area of phonics.
Teach with Phonics Skills Chart
Key phonics skills, the approximate age most kids master them, and illustrations
Four Ways To Teach Reading
The four main methods used to teach children how to read are explained.
Adrian Bruce Reading Games (Adrian teaches at Byron Bay Community School
and has a big IT rep)
Download these free reading games for teaching sounds and blends.
Little Animal Activity Centre
Play games and learn first and end sounds as well as reading online
The Highway Game
Find all the letters of the alphabet with this online game.
Unlock the secrets of sentence writing and work out new words with
Unscramble the words and create stories of your own.
Seasame Street Games
Learn the alphabet with Super Grover
Learn beginning, short and long vowel sounds by matching the sounds with
Write the Alphabet
Use the virtual pencil to write the letters of the alphabet.
Whole-to-Parts Phonics Instruction
Letter-sound correspondences are taught within a meaningful context, and
in an explicit, systematic, and extensive manner.
In this lesson, early readers in grades K-2 use familiar words from a
traditional story to learn letter-sound correspondence.
Using a Predictable Text
This lesson uses a predictable text to help students learn high-frequency
Kinder Reading and Literacy Skill Worksheets
100 worksheets in PDF format to support the teaching of reading to Kinder
Phonics In Context
In this lesson decoding skills are introduced, taught, practiced, and
reinforced within contexts meaningful to students.
Letter Recognition and Sound Identification
This lesson covers the basics of letter recognition. Your students will
apply their knowledge of letters and letter sounds as they identify
pictures in an attractively illustrated alphabet book.
Mother Goose Activities
Matrix of activities related to nursery rhymes.
This lesson supports the goal of helping young students develop phonemic
awareness and recognize and generate rhymes through songs, poems, and
Nursery Rhyme Activities
Collection of nursery rhymes and associated activities.
This sorting activity addresses critical-thinking skills, observation and
categorization processes, and reading comprehension and provides an
opportunity for observation of student interaction and conversation.
Between the Lions Reading Games
Learn sounds and blends as well as unscramble words with these online
Fox in Sox Game
Rearrange the words in the correct order to describe the picture shown.
Joust with a medieval knight to blend words in this interactive game.
Words and Pictures
Online games for learning sounds, blends and high frequency words.
Large collection of online games to support learning to read.
Come and play in my Dynatastic Den, jam packed with games and quizzes.
Arthur and Friends
Read along and play reading games with your favourite characters.
What When Where Why
Hang out with the gang and improve your reading skills with these online
Fun to Read
Interactive reading games.
Digger and the Gang
Nash, Flick and Sprat\'s antics will help you get your English skills
Create your own animal study using this online activity.
Create your own comic online using this interactive site.
Learn the Alphabet using this cartoon character flash cards.
Rattic in the Attic
Animated read along story.
Three Little Kittens
Read along Story.
Robert Munsch Virtual Story Room
Robert Munsch\'s books are available for listening to here online.
Grimm\'s Fairy Tales
Read and listen to some of these famous fairy tales.
Between the Lions: Exploring Short-Vowel Sounds
In this lesson, early readers in first grade review short-vowel sounds,
and practice their skills using a variety of games from the Between the
Year 1 Reading and Literacy Skill Worksheets.
100 worksheets in PDF format to support the teaching of reading to Year 1
A-Hunting We Will Go
Students brainstorm pairs of rhyming words and create their own verses for
Year 2 Reading and Literacy Skill Worksheets.
100 worksheets in PDF format to support the teaching of reading to Year 2
Family FUNdamentals Home Learning Activities
Literacy activities for preschool and early elementary students to
practice at home.
Students read a story and play a matching game to integrate new words into
their sight vocabulary.
Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts
This lesson describes how to use selected fiction and nonfiction
literature and careful questioning techniques to help students identify
factual information about animals.
Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of
one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders.
Center for Early Literacy Information
An online resource for literacy teachers and researchers.
The Reading Tree
Information about learning to read and common reading problems.
Literacy Leadership Tools
This site is designed to help school leaders to raise achievement and
close any identified gaps in literacy throughout their school.
Enter a word and this site produces a list of rhyming words.
Links to resources supporting the teaching of reading.
Webbing Into Literacy
Downloadable reading program which emphasises the use of nursery rhymes in
the teaching of reading.
Literature Cyberguides K-3
List of book guides and activities for over 40 children\'s books.
Early Childhood Literature Cyberguides
Listings of hundreds of children\'s books with associated activities.
Between the Lions: Things to Print
Print these sound, matching and sentence activities.
Arkansas Comprehensive Early Literacy Model
Literacy teaching ideas and curriculum for infant grades.
time for rhyme: Using ICTs to enhance early literacy skills
Contributed by Fleur Provost.
The goal of this lesson is to help students read with expression.
Deeper Reading Response: A Template for Teachers
This lesson details the five expressive and performative engagements for
responding to text, as identified by Lawrence R. Sipe
Lots of stories to
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
Make Your Own Stone Soup
Ideas for Stone Soup
Stone Soup: A Puppet Show
Simple props and script for Stone Soup.
Stone Soup Activities
Ideas for teaching Stone Soup.
Making Stone Soup
A lesson plan for grade 2 mathematics, English language arts, and
computer technology skills.
Ideas for teaching Stone Soup.
Students will create a recipe and a shopping list.