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Language Rich Word Hunts for Reading Comprehension
In my quest for math word wall activities which would support reading, particularly reading comprehension, I developed word hunts which require that students read carefully for meaning.
Since word walls are built and practiced with children throughout the year, no two will be exactly the same (and our words move around as we need to concentrate on certain ones) so the activities here are examples which I hope will inspire you to create your own using the words on your own walls.
My students work on them when they finish a test, and I like that because I feel that they are doing a quality activity during this time.
For a closer look, clicking on the image above will open a PDF version of the hunt.
Teachers Particularly Important to Reading
The contribution of PE, art, music, and drama teachers to reading is not widely known and is often not recognized. They can bring some children to reading more quickly and easily than anyone!
Because there is such a strong connection between physical coordination and reading, the work done in physical education is essential.
For children who are right-brained (often left-handed) the work of art teachers is critically important to reading. Classroom teachers can also help these children by including art in their instruction.
Musical PE Programs
Musical PE programs offer the best of two of these areas, making them ideal to support reading.
Carrie Flint of Musical PE Plus has wonderful information on her website and also offers presentations on how to incorporate music into physical education programs.