Reading Consultants' Corner

Reading Activities for At Home Learning

Connected to Common Core State Standards

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We have found some great activities that you can do at home with your child to help them as readers. We were able to separate those activities by grade level (K through 6). Also, we felt it important to convey some of the Common Core State Standards that these activities pertain to so that you can begin to see the correlation between some of the standards that are being embedded into your child’s reading instruction. Additionally, we felt it important that you also see that you can be helping instruct your child in those areas as well.

 

Kindergarten
alphabet

Reading Activities:

  • Read with your child every day. Ask your child to explain his or her favorite parts of the story. Share your own ideas. To find more books for your child to read, visit www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf
  • Encourage your child to tell you about his or her day at school
  • Have your child describe the picture to you

 

Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • RL.K.2- With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • RL.K.5-With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations in the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
  • SL.K.1b- Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.

 

Grade 1
books

Reading Activities:

  • Encourage your child to read to you books such as Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Help him or her sound out difficult words. To find more books for your child to read, visit www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf
  • Pick a “word of the day” each day starting with a different letter
  • Have your child write the word and look for other things beginning with the same letter

 

Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • RF.1.3e- Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
  • L.1.4- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibility from an array of strategies.
  • L.1.5c- Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).

 

Grade 2

partners

Reading Activities:

  • Read at home every day and assist your child by reading every other paragraph. To find recommendations of books for your child to read, visit www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf
  • Have your child write a thank you note or letter to family members or friends.

 

Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • RF.2.4-Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • W.2.5- With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

 

Grade 3

ipad

 Reading Activities:

  • Make reading for fun a part of your child’s daily routine.
  • Encourage your child to find a picture from a newspaper or magazine, cut it out, paste it on paper, and write a story about it.
  • Start a family vocabulary box or jar. Have everyone write down new words they discover, add them to the box, and use the words in conversation.

 

Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • RL.3.10-By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • W.3.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • L.3.6- Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).


Grade 4

rug

Reading Activities:

  • Urge your child to use logical arguments to defend his or her opinion. If your child wants a raise in allowance, ask him or her to research commonsense allowance systems and, based on that research, explain reasons why, supported by facts and details.
  • Talk about the news together. Pick one story in the news, read it together, and discuss with your child what it means.

 

Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • W.4.1- Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • W.4.1b- Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
  • RI.4.3- Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

 

Grade 5

alone reading

Reading Activities:

  • Invite your child to read his or her writing out loud to other family members. Ask questions about your child’s word choices and ideas.
  • Go to a play or musical with your child. Discuss the way the actors bring the words to life
  • Discuss your family stories and history. Encourage your child. to ask relatives questions about their lives. Put the information together in an album or brainstorm different ways to tell family tales, such as poems or short stories.

 
Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • W.5.2- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • W.5.2d- Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  • L.5.3b- Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.

 

Grade 6

 ipad 2

Reading Activities:

  • Listen with your child to a television reporter, politician, or other speaker. Ask your child to tell you the speaker’s main points. Was the speaker trying to convince the audience of something? How?
  • Encourage your child to learn at the library or on the Internet what life in your community was like 100 years ago. Have your child write a story, poem, or play about that time.

 

Common Core State Standards Addressed by These Activities:

  • SL.6.3-Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
  • W.6.9- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

 

 *Information Source: www.pta.org