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CCS Reads

Columbus City Schools #CCSreads campaign encourage engagement in literacy activities far beyond the school day. Below you will find reading activities as well as many different reading games you can download. Grab a book. Have fun. And keep the learning going!

Weekend Reading Activities 
The best way to build your child's reading skills is to continue the practice and learning afterschool and on the weekends. Our #CCSreads instructors have put together some fun, easy-to-do activities that will help you keep your child engaged.
Black History Month will come alive for your child with the recordings of the non-fiction picture book "28 DAYS: Moments in Black History That Changed the World" by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. AudioFile Magazine is offering a free audio version of each excerpt each day of the 28 days of African American History Month. Each poem also contains music and sound effects. After listening to the recordings, discuss with your child how they can make a difference in the world.
 Children have opinions about everything, so why not have them write those opinions down? The obvious thing to review is a book. Or encourage kids to review a movie, song, restaurant, or toy. Writing a review will get young minds to think more deeply and go beyond "it was great."
 Get into Character Logo
This activity will help your child dig into the text of a favorite book and see how the words can come alive. It's a great way to understand character and practice oral reading skills.
  Word Hunt Friday Reading Activity

Read along with our Celebrity Readers!
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther  Chief of Police Kim Jacobs
NBC4's Mike Jackson  10TV's Kristyn Hartman
Columbus City Council Member Elizabeth Brown

K-2 Winter Break Activity Packet
Winter Break Activities for your K-2nd graders to complete at home! Students will practice reading and writing strategies to help prepare them for the Ohio State Reading Assessment.
4-5 Winter Break Activity Packet
    Winter Break Activities for your 4th and 5th graders to complete at home! Students will practice reading and writing strategies to help prepare them for the Ohio State Reading Assessment.
3rd Grade Winter Break Activity Packet
    Winter Break Activities for your 3rd graders to complete at home. Students will practice reading and writing strategies to help prepare them for the Ohio State Reading Assessment.
Grocery Store Tic Tac Toe
Synonyms & Antonyms
Old Maid: Understanding Stories
Context Clue Tic Tac Toe
Context Clues: Nonsense Words
Main Idea Task Cards


In this game, students will match the genre to its definition. Players take turns selecting cards from each other to see if they can match the genre and its definition without selecting the Old Maid card. The player that ends the game with the Old Maid loses the game.

Story Element Identification
Persuade, Inform, Entertain!
Cookies with Family
Reading Around the World
Closed Captions
Reading Star of the Day
Alphabet/Word Soup
Labels of Love

  Word recognition and vocabulary are important parts of reading. On a rainy or cold day, get some paper and tape and start labeling everything in your home -- from furniture to small knick-knacks. Reading these labels repeatedly will build your child’s mental word bank. If your family is bilingual, create labels in both languages.
Making Words
Map it Out
Book Review Bookmarks
    After your child reads a fiction book, have them write a book review using the Bookmark Book Review. Your child will write about the main events that happened in the book. They will make connections to their life and their world and share about their favorite character. When your child has completed the bookmark, they can act like a news reporter and share the information with their family and friends.
Author Spotlight: Kadir Nelson
Spotlight: Mae Jemison
All About Colin Powell
Reading with Dr. Seuss


Today is the conclusion of Columbus City School's celebration of Read Across America and Right to Read Week. Your children have had the opportunity to participate in many fun activities centered around reading. Yesterday was Dr. Seuss' birthday. As we conclude this week, attached you will find a biography of Dr. Seuss you can read with your child and a graphic organizer. You will also find a list of Dr. Seuss books according to grade level. Read the list to discover a new Dr. Seuss book you can read with your child at home.

Toss & Answer Vocab Game



There are many things you can do with items around your home to promote literacy. Research shows that developing a child’s vocabulary provides a good foundation to increase reading and writing skills. This game, Toss and Answer Vocabulary, uses a muffin tin, and small pieces of paper to increase understanding of vocabulary words.
Three in a Row


This game is like tic-tac-toe. It helps your child recognize sight words. Sight words are those that need to be recognized automatically by sight and generally can’t be sounded out. This activity was taken from Growing Book by Book.

Shopping For Words


Words are found every where we go. A great place for children to find words is at the grocery store. In this activity, Shopping for Words, children will look for words that start with each letter of the alphabet at the grocery store. Encourage your child to search for all types of words and not just the names of food items. When you leave the grocery store, your child can write a story using the words form the chart.

Spring Break Activities

Columbus City Schools will be on Spring Break from April 14th-April 21st. Attached you will find K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade Choice Boards that students can complete while they are on Spring Break.

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