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LET’S GET READY TO READ!
 
Columbus City Schools #CCSreads campaign is to encourage engagement in literacy activities through Winter Break and beyond. Below you will find reading activities as well as many different reading games you can download. 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.
 
 
We know 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 new movie, a song, a restaurant, or new toy. Writing a review will get kids to think more deeply and go beyond "it was great."
 
 
Get into Character Logo Get Into Character Activity 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.
 

 
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
 
  Make going to the grocery a learning adventure! Download our Grocery Store Tic Tac Toe board. Choose activities from the board during your next grocery trip. When your child completes three activities in a row, reward him/her with something fun like taking a trip to the library or reading a favorite story
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Old Maid: Understanding Stories

 

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.


Context Clue Tic Tac Toe

 

Students are expected to determine the meaning of words as they are used in a text. This activity contains a Tic-Tac-Toe board, cards with a short passage, and an answer key. Each player will need to choose a game piece (pennies, nickels, colored beans, paper clips, safety pins, “X” or “O” written on a small piece of paper). Each player takes a turn choosing a card, reading the passage, and choosing an answer on the back of the card to identify another meaning for the underlined word in the passage. The other player checks the answer key to see if the answer is correct. If the answer is correct, the player puts a game piece on one of the squares on the game board. The first player to get 3 game pieces in a row or diagonally is the winner.


Context Clues: Nonsense Words

 

 

Students are expected to determine the meaning of words as they are used in a text. This activity contains 10 cards. On each card, the player reads the passage that contains an underlined nonsense word (a word that is not real). Players will write down the meaning of the nonsense word and explain what information from the passage helped them choose the meaning.

Main Idea Task Cards

 

Students are expected to demonstrate understanding of a text and identify Main Idea, what the story is about. This activity contains 28 Main Idea cards. Each card contains a short passage, and multiple choice answer options for students to identify the main idea. When playing this activity, the cards are divided amongst all players. Each player takes a turn reading the passage and the answer choices on their card. The other players refer to the answer key to determine if they answer chosen was correct.



 

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

 

Story Element Sort: Students need to be able to ask and answer questions about the stories they read. This activity will allow your child to demonstrate an understanding of stories. Players will choose a card from the stack, read it and determine the appropriate story element column to place it in (character, setting, problem, solution, plot, or theme). After sorting the cards, students may extend their learning by answering the question cards and writing their response on a notecard or piece of paper.


Persuade, Inform, Entertain!

 

Persuade, Inform, or Entertain Sort: Students need to understand author’s purpose when reading a passage. This activity will allow your child to demonstrate an understanding of an author’s purpose. Players take turns selecting a passage card. The player then reads the passage aloud. They then decide if the author's purpose was to persuade, inform or entertain and place it under the appropriate header card. Continue until all the cards are selected.


Cookies with Family

 

Have your student help you read the recipe as you work your way though, focusing on descriptive words and even challenging them to consider what changes would happen if you doubled the recipe!


Reading Around the World

  Help your child explore all seven continents in the pages of fascinating stories. Hang a map on the wall. Each time you visit the library have your child type in a different continent into the database of children’s books. He might find The Perfect Orange by Frank Arajo (Africa) or The Empty Pot by Demi (Asia). After you read each book, your child can put a sticker on the continent on the map. He’ll learn more about geography, and he’ll also learn to appreciate all kinds of literature.
Closed Captions

  Turn on the closed caption on your TV so that you and your child can read it together. Question your child about what they are reading.
Reading Star of the Day

  Every child loves to hear themselves read. Take out your cell phone and record your child reading a book. Be an enthusiastic listener. After reading ask questions to prompt and support understanding. You may even consider giving your child a larger audience by placing him or her on FB Live! Your child is definitely a shining star.
Alphabet/Word Soup

  Every child loves to hear themselves read. Take out your cell phone and record your child reading a book. Be an enthusiastic listener. After reading ask questions to prompt and support understanding. You may even consider giving your child a larger audience by placing him or her on FB Live! Your child is definitely a shining star.
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

  Pick a big word (example: snowflake). Cut up the letters and have your child make smaller words from the letters given. As you make words, point out how changing one letter can make new words. Once you have made all of the words, use the words your child has made to sort for patterns in the letters.
Map it Out

  It’s important to provide your child with a variety of fiction and non-fiction reading. A fun way to do this is to get a map and show them the way from your house to the grocery store or another familiar destination. Have your child write out the directions, street by street, and then read them to you as you walk or drive to the store – like a living GPS!
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
    In celebration of Black History Month, we will spotlight a famous illustrator and author, Kadir Nelson. Kadir Nelson has illustrated and authored several fiction and informational books. Read the attached bio and complete the Author Study after you have read at least 3 books from the book list. Watch the video below to hear Kadir Nelson's recommendations for children that would like to become an artist like him.
Spotlight: Mae Jemison
  Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space. In this activity, children will read about Mae Jemison’s life, complete a character map, vocabulary activity and writing prompt.

Take your child to your local library and check out one of the books below to find out more information about Mae Jemison:

Mae Jemison: Space Pioneer by Robert Kraske
You Should Meet Mae Jemison by Lauri Calkhoven
Mae Jemison: Out of This World

Watch the video below to hear Mae Jemison share how she wanted to go into space as a child.

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365298882/
All About Colin Powell

Colin Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army.  Mr. Powell was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In this activity, children will read about Colin Powell's life and complete a choice board with additional activities.Take your child to your local library to find books that provide more information 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.

 

After your child reads, it is important to make sure they understand what they have read. Attached you will find the activity Roll and Response and and a number cube that will help your child show their understanding of a book they have read. After you cut out and make the number cube, your child will be ready for this activity. After your child reads a book, they will roll the number cube and complete the activity that matches the number they land on.

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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