10 Reading Strategies and Activities for Elementary Students

Effective Strategies, Tips, and Activities for the Classroom

Discover 10 effective reading strategies and activities for your elementary classroom. From book activities to read-alouds, there is something for every student.

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Children's Book Week Activities

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Since 1919, National Children's Book Week has been dedicated to encourage young readers to enjoy books. During this week, schools and libraries across the nation will celebrate this by participating in book-related events and activities. Get your students involved in this time-honored tradition by creating fun, educational activities. Activities include hosting a book exchange, planning a book party, having a book cover contest, making a class book, a book-a-thon, and much more.

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Book Activities for Grades 3-5

Book reports are a thing of the past, it's time to be innovative and try some book activities that your students will enjoy. These activities will reinforce and enhance what your students are currently reading. Try a few, or try them all. They can also be repeated throughout the year. Here you will learn 20 classroom activities that compliment the books that students are reading.

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Reading Motivation Strategies and Activities

Looking for ideas on how to boost your students reading motivation? Try to focus on activities that spark your students' interest and help increase their self-esteem. Research confirms that a child's motivation is the key factor in successful reading. You may have noticed students in your classroom who ​are struggling readers, tend to have a lack of motivation and do not like to partake in book-related activities. These students may have trouble selecting appropriate texts, and therefore do not like to read for pleasure. Here are five ideas and activities to increase your students reading motivation and encourage them to get into books.

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Reading Strategies for Elementary Students

Studies show that children need to practice reading every day in order to improve their reading skills. Developing and teaching reading strategies to elementary students will help increase their reading ability. Often when students get stuck on a word they are told to "sound it out." While this strategy may work at times, there are other strategies that may work even better. The following is a list of reading strategies for elementary students. Teach your students these tips to help improve their reading ability.

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Reading Activity Calendar

Here is a compiled list that you can pick and choose to add to your reading activity calendar. Browse through the list and choose the ones you like. The activities are in no special order and can be placed on your calendar on any given day. Here are a few examples of what you will learn, how to write a letter of appreciation to an author and mail it to them, have your friends/classmates dress up like the characters from your favorite book, create a word game and make a list of words to describe something you love, make a list of the longest words that you know, make a list of your top 10 favorite things.

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A good read-aloud captures the listener's attention, keeps them engaged, and is embedded in your memory for years. Reading aloud to your students is an excellent way to prepare them for success in school, and not to mention, is usually a favorite activity in the classroom. Here is a quick guide all about read-alouds.

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Teaching the Analytic Method of Phonics

Are you looking for ideas for teaching phonics to your elementary students? The analytic method is a simple approach that has been around for nearly one hundred years. Here is a quick resource for you to learn about the method, and how to teach it. Here you will learn the benefits, how to teach the method, and tips for success.

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Repeated Reading Strategy

The repeated reading strategy is designed for students to be able to feel confident while reading. Its main goal is to help children be able to read accurately, effortlessly and at an appropriate rate. In this ​guide, you will learn the description and purpose of this strategy, along with the procedure and example activities.

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5 Fun Ideas for Reluctant Readers

We have all had those students who have a love for reading and the ones who don't. There may be many factors that correlate with why some students are reluctant to read. The book may be too hard for them, parents at home may not actively encourage reading, or the student is just not interested in what they are reading. As teachers, it is our job to help nurture and develop a love for reading in our students. By employing literacy strategies and creating a few fun activities, we can motivate students to want to read, and not just because we make them read. The following five activities will encourage even the most reluctant readers to be excited about reading.

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Help Parents Raise Great Readers

Are you looking for ways to help your students improve their reading skills? It seems as if teachers are always looking for activities and ideas that they can share with their students' parents. Here are a few ideas by author Betty Davis.