Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Animated Actions for Reading Skills - Make it Fun!

So, sometimes getting students to connect with and remember various reading concepts can be difficult at times.  What are characters again?  What did she mean when she said setting?  Events???  Author?? Illustrator??  Really!!  These are new concepts for our little kiddos and they can be a lot to remember.  My kiddos are only 5!

It hit me 4 years ago when I was working with a new student.  She couldn't for the life of her remember who characters were, what events were, etc, but as soon as I did something funny with each one - WAM! - she got it.   It worked!!!  So, I made these "funnies" part of my every day lessons.  I made them real for her.

Title - "what the story is called"
Author - "writes the story"
Illustrator - "colors or paints the pictures"
Characters - "the people or animals we meet in the story"
Setting - "where they go"
Events - "things that happen in the story" (Yes, you have to shake it!)

Click on the picture below to our animated actions for these reading skills in motion.

Try it sometime - make it funny and real!!  I bet they remember.  :)


  1. A fantastic idea! We always tell our Bible stories this way in Sunday school. There's no reason why we can't apply the same technique to the rest of our educational experiences! Great post! Kim from Life Over C's

    1. Thanks Kim!! It really helps my little kiddos! :)

  2. What a fun idea Faith! For setting, we pretend to look around the room with binoculars and tap a pretend watch for time and place. I never thought about making actions for the others, what a great idea!

    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder

    1. Awesome idea Jessica with the "watch!" I think we will add that to the end of our gesture! :)