Literacy activities that combine reading and writing reinforce each other and promote learning. In this post, I share details about three differentiated literacy center activities that combine reading and writing- Write the Room, Sentence Building & my FREE Reading Response Activities for kindergarten, first and second grade students.
You may disagree, but I think literacy center time is the best part of the school day! Yes, centers take time to prepare and you have to work to establish the routines with your students, but once up and running– literacy centers are powerful! They support improvement in reading comprehension, language, social, and writing development, allow me the opportunity to lead small group instruction, and offer students the valuable practice and review we know they need to master new skills.
The time we have in centers is limited so I am very intentional about the activities I choose. I love activities that combine reading and writing. They are so closely linked, they mutually reinforce each other and ultimately promote learning. Studies show that students become better readers, writers, and thinkers when they learn reading and writing together.
Today I’m happy to share with you three of my favorite literacy center activities that combine both reading and writing. These activities are all simple to prep, naturally differentiated and offer students choices that keep them motivated, on-task and engaged!
Reading and Writing Literacy Center Activities
Write the Room Activities
I love write the room activities because they give students practice with both READING and WRITING full sentences. Students love them because they’re interactive and allow them to get up and move around the classroom!
For emergent readers I have Write the Room – Predictable Alphabet Sentences. For this activity students move around looking for alphabet picture words they’ll use to complete simple sentences. The alphabet sentences feature predictable sentence starters with early sight words.
After they find and record all the alphabet words, they can then read them aloud as a way to build reading fluency skills.
For emergent and more advanced readers, I have the Write the Room-Yearlong Bundle. For this activity, students grab a clipboard and go on a hunt around the classroom for picture cards with sentences that he or she can read. Then they record the sentences and get practice both reading sentences with basic sight words and writing complete sentences.
To help you differentiate, the resource includes TWO versions (emergent and advanced) of each picture. Hang the emergent and advanced sentences side by side and teach your students to choose a “good fit” sentence to read and record.
Both the Write the Room – Predictable Alphabet Sentences and Write the Room- Yearlong Bundle are simple to prep! Just print the sentences or words, laminate, and cut them apart. Then tape them around your classroom for students to find, read and write! Both activities make an engaging and interactive activity for morning warm-ups, centers, or small group learning.
The Sentence Building Center is a differentiated, hands-on literacy center designed for emergent and early fluent readers. For this activity, students build seasonally themed sentences with word cards, WRITE the sentences out and then edit them using a checklist. Finally, they practice building fluency by READING the sentences to themselves and to a friend!
This resource includes TWO versions of each sentence to ensure all students are appropriately supported and challenged!
The Sentence Building Center comes with sentences for EACH season of the year! Teach them how to complete the activity just once, and then they can engage in meaningful sentence building and writing practice all year long!
The resource also comes in digital and printable versions, allowing you to use them for distance learning, or on tablets and computers in the classroom!
There is nothing better than seeing kids share their excitement about what they’ve read. I love having discussions about books and hearing students’ thoughts and ideas about what they have read. Discussion is certainly valuable, but if the goal is to raise reading achievement, writing about the text is more beneficial than talking about the text.
Reading response activities are a popular way to get kids writing about what they have read. They offer opportunities for students to strengthen their reading comprehension and give students practice in specific skills such as retelling, predicting, sequencing, visualizing and more.
These FREE reading response activities are fully aligned with common core standards and can be used with both fiction and non-fiction texts.
Each response printable comes in two different versions. The first version can be used with any book you choose, while the second is designed to be used with specific titles from EPIC!
These Reading Response activities make a great no-prep literacy center activity! Making it a center activity ensures you fit “responding to reading” into your day. All you have to do is print the response sheets out!
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What are your favorite literacy center activities that combine reading and writing? I hope the information and resources I’ve shared today will help you to make the most of your literacy center time.
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