7 fun activities using decodable books
Now that decodable reading books are being used along side of a phonics programme there a number of ways to use them to develop children’s literacy.
Here are 7 ideas:
1. fun reading practice – use the phonic focus to make and play games. Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers have them at the back of each book.
2. dictation – decodable texts are great for dictation. Using controlled text is a good way to get children to listen to sounds in words they can spell.
3. spelling assessment – decodable texts can be used to assess if the children can spell target words.
4. seeking and listing alternative spellings of a certain sound – great for Phase 5 of ‘Letters and Sounds’.
5. Develop expressive language – talking about the stories. Most decodable books have a good storyline and new words to discuss.
6. fun comprehension activities. Dandelion Readers, Launchers, Totem and Talisman all have workbooks with fun comprehension activities such as – what’s missing in the picture, true or false, sequencing etc.
7. creative writing – children can continue the story or change the ending, write a birthday invitation or write about their own experiences depending on the story.
Lots to do – and all coming from the children’s own independent reading experience!