Thank you Suleyka for sharing your creative and inspiring ideas.
Your students must be having a lot of fun!
- The first idea is the Expression Theatre. Some of my students have a hard time pausing when there is a period; or showing the expression that the characterhas in the picture. I made a little theatre out of a box I found in the copy room and some tape. The children will decorate it. We used some cutouts of the characters in the story as puppets. We colored them, cut them out, and glued them to some popsicle sticks. The students will read the story from behind the theatre and act it out as they read with the puppets we made. We’re still working on it, but we should be trying it out next week. I discussed my idea with the students and they loved it! They are looking forward to reading in the theatre. I will send you pics of the theatre when it is done!
- My second idea is a Reading Scavenger Hunt. What I do is take questions from the Comprehension Quick Check, or just some questions that I make up. Then I write them on the back page of the front cover of the first page. The students have to find the answer and write down the page number where they found it. This will help them look back in the text for answers, rather than just guessing.
Programs for people of all ages
The need for literacy assistance isn’t confined to a single age group or geographic location.
That’s why the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s grant programs help improve the lives of people
of all ages in many different communities.
Thank you Rachel for sharing your Project MORE area.
Adding vocabulary words for Mentors to use for a few minutes each day with students
has helped many Project MORE programs.
“These are the most common words in English, ranked in frequency order.
The first 25 make up about a third of all printed material.
The first 100 make up about half of all written material.” (Fry & Kress, 2006, p.51)
Fry 100 Words Flash Cards
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (Many in Ohio)
RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP has nearly 500,000 volunteers across the country who are tackling tough issues in their communities. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations.
With RSVP, volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.
At a recent Follow Up Training, a coordinator shared that one of her volunteer mentors offered to ask for Mentors on her Facebook page. She put the Coordinator’s email address on her FB request, and reported she has heard from many local people.