7 fun activities using decodable books

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!

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