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The latest brain research indicates that humans remember in patterns, and the latest research into fluency indicates that 47% of non-proficient students have trouble decoding words. This affects fluent reading and comprehension.
Our games and puzzles provide targeted, extensive, and enjoyable extra practice in the most common letters, sounds, phonograms (word families), homonyms, and English grammar.
Reading and writing proficiency develops from repeated, correct practice, rather than from teaching phonics or grammar rules. That is the beauty of these activities!
Many students need more practice in certain skills, due to absence, learning style, acquisition rate, or ability to concentrate.
The simple, repetitive formats are easily adapted to large or small groups. In this age of electronic game-savvy kids, never underestimate the value of simple human interaction in game format.
As practice, they are so much better than extra workbook page!
Learn to Read Bingo (LTR)
These Bingo Games focus on the auditory recognition and visual matching of sounds, letters, and the most common word families in primary English texts.
Each set includes 24 different, classroom-tested cards, and they use a traditional 25 space format to provide lots of practice.
They also contain clear instructions for easy use in large or small groups.
Throw away all other Sight Word sets!
Don’t overload beginning or struggling readers with too much rote memorization!
These kits are effective, research-based, and enjoyable.
They include the 100 most common, high-frequency, irregular sight words that beginning or struggling readers need to know.
Decoding in English is 95% regular, but exceptions to regularity (like they and would) often cause confusion.
Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised when decoding, fluency, and comprehension improve quickly.
Each Kit covers 50 sight words and included 10 lesson sheets (5 sight words/page) with practice, using ALL modalities, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Each Kit also contains FLASH CARDS, and a 24 card BINGO Game, using the traditional 25 space Bingo format for lots of extra practice.
Clear instructions for easy use in large or small groups are included.
Effective and Fun!
A great way to focus class attention on listening to the teacher and to other students.
These four plays contain short, group parts for an entire class. After parts are assigned, the teacher reads the story, and the student groups provide the appropriate words for their roles.
The First Day of School is a FREE product preview.
The set also includes instructions for several other listening activities.
Useful at any time, it is especially helpful at the beginning of the school year to focus student attention on listening to the teacher and to each other.
It is also useful when students seem bored and need some motivation to continue working in class.
Enjoy the smiles!
Test-takers are asked to honestly evaluate themselves in comparison to a series of statements that exemplify the best qualities in reading, studying, or parenting.
Clear statements and a simple format make the tests easy for self-evaluation and improvement.
Self-Help Tests for grades 3 and higher are listed under Levels 3-12.
Where the Wild Things Are Sequencing Activity
Sequencing events in correct time order is an important skill to introduce early.
This template for drawing and sequencing 4 events from the famous book by Maurice Sendak contains
clear instructions for its use in large or small groups. The letter “w” is also reinforced.
Charlotte’s Web: Unique Before and After Reading Strategies
This set includes:
1. Introduction to Outlining–-Activate prior knowledge about farms while introducing this important study skill
2. Final Exam (33 items)–MORE than just a test, it teaches students how to choose the best answer in a multiple choice exam
3. Story Sequencing Cards— Sequence events from the novel in a new way–especially good for many students who struggle with conceptualizing events in correct time order. Also includes instructions for making a Story Quilt.
4. Crossword Puzzle––Using vocabulary and characters from the novel.
Each is available individually at a nominal price or as a Charlotte’s Web Bargain Bundle.
This metacognition Learning Center Activity helps readers see the big picture in factual and inferential comprehension. It helps students conceptualize text into the information that it provides. All that is needed is a shoebox and 6 plastic cups labeled Who? What? When? Where? How?
Three sets (360 phrases) and complete directions included.
Main Idea Category Cards
This enjoyable category game is a helpful way to get kids thinking in broad terms about main idea and supporting details. It is also useful for verbal communication skills, allowing students to organize thoughts and speak in front of an audience in a short, non-threatening exercise.
Reading Tutor Bingo Games
These Bingo games focus on identifying more difficult clusters and the actual reading of words. Eight classroom-tested Bingo cards use the traditional 25 space Bingo format for increased extra practice. They have been utilized effectively in larger groups by making several copies of the cards. Clear instructions are included. For a more complete description of the covered clusters, find more information in the Details for the Product.
Reading Difficult Clusters Sets A & B is available in a Bargain Bundle.
Tall Tale Grammar Stories
Grammar practice does not have to be boring!
The American frontier was vast and harsh as it was developing in the 19th century. Tales of men and women who were bigger than life and who triumphed over adversities were a common form of entertainment as people sat by their firesides. Like the myths and folktales of previous civilizations, some had a basis in truth, and others were entirely made up by the story tellers. These tales are an effort to combine grammar practice with a bit of Americana and enjoyment.
Each 20-30 sentence story provides enjoyable practice in the most common grammatical errors in
comparative adjectives & adverbs
run-on sentences & sentence fragments
changing “y” to “i”
They are easy to use and to grade, if desired, because each sentence includes only one grammatical error. Students enjoy trying to find it!
Every story includes an Answer Key PLUS an explanation for each correction. A short extra credit Writing Prompt is added, as well as a Corrected Version in Paragraph Form.
1. Johnny Appleseed FREE!
1. Annie Oakley–Sharpshooter
2. Big Mose–N.Y.Fireman
3. Hiawatha–Native American Hero
4. Joe Magarac–Steelworker
1. Casey Jones–Railroad Engineer
2. Febold Feboldson–Weatherman
3. John Henry__Tunnel Digger
4. Paul Bunyan–Lumberjack
5. Sally Cato–Giant Schemer
1. Kit Carson–Mountain Man
2. Davy Crockett–Frontiersman
3. Paleface Lightning–Spirit Warrior
4. Pecos Bill–Human Coyote
5. Slue Foot Sue–Lively Cowgirl
1. Annie Christmas–Keelboat Captain
2. Buffalo Bill–Wild West Scout
3. Maui–Sun Fighter
4. Sally Fink–Keelboat Savior
5. Sedna–Mother of the Sea
All Four Tall Tales Grammar Sets are available as a Bargain Bundle.
Practice difficult sounds, clusters and silent letters with Word Search Puzzles.
The extra practice these puzzles provide helps to imprint the words for more automatic recognition.
All puzzles use lower case letters because most print is lower case. All answers can be found Across and Down only because diagonal and backwards defeats the purpose of this exercise.
Great for homework, seatwork, and/or learning centers. The Answer Keys are included, and they are available individually or in a
Test takers are asked to honestly evaluate themselves in comparison to a series of statements that exemplify the best qualities necessary for good reading and/or study habits.
Clear statements and a simple format make the tests easy for self-evaluation. Students are asked to make an improvement statement at the end.
Providing explicit instruction in how to read for understanding, this test follows a different format–completion blanks. It can be used with almost any reading selection.
Designed for students who have difficulty organizing their thoughts into an effective essay, this two page test provides an effective format, making for much easier composition.
These charts and instructions for use provide a helpful strategy for insight into the thinking process of students who seem to be fluent readers, but their comprehension skills are not up to expectations.
These sets of worksheets provide extensive vocabulary and spelling improvement through practice with the prefix “in” using various formats.
100 words are used in Definition Matching, Completions Exercises, Rather Questions, and Crossword Puzzles.
They are divided into manageable lessons and different formats to improve retention rate.
An extra credit Writing Prompt and complete Answer Keys are included.
This set is great for homework, seat work learning centers, vocabulary development for SAT and other tests.
This set of 8 one-page biographies provides practice in vowels, spelling, and comprehension. Recognizing sentence structure and meaning improves comprehension.
An Answer Key provides easy grading.
Set 1 includes 4 modern women:
1. Fabiola Gianotti–Physicist
2. Maya Lin–Architect
3. Georgia O’Keefe–Artist
4. Sally Ride–Astronaut
Set 2 includes 4 historical figures:
1. Susan B. Anthony–Early Suffragette
2. Elizabeth Blackwell–First American Doctor
3. Sacajawea–Wilderness Guide
4. Harriet Tubman–Daring Abolitionist
Very Clever! Simple! Easy to Make! Great Fun!
Yes, it really is INVISIBLE!
This Invisible Valentine can be used with ALL ages–as a science experiment, as an exercise in composition, even as simple practice with scissors.
Just white and colored paper, scissors, a stapler, and a pencil are the only requirements.
Clear directions for use with all ages are included.
Download now and find out how to do it. It’s FREE!
Enjoy the smiles!
Easy to Make and to Use!
Use the media Hype of a sports’ Big Game to motivate reading improvement!
This photo-caption matching game can be used for any sport at any level.
Simple directions tell you how! Includes paper medals to award.
Great for writer’s block!
This famous story grid helps kids of all ages create a story with new ideas for setting, characters, and plot.
A blank grid, a partially-completed grid, a sample story, and instructions for use are included.