These activities help develop students' oral communication skills. They include listening to and following directions, participating in group discussions, and making presentations. Both small and large group activities are included.
Activities with Picture Books
Explore the use of colorful language that made Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech so compelling.
A topsy-turvy way to demonstrate understanding of word opposites
Build vocabulary and phonics skills by practicing onomatopoetia.
Write a persuasive letter to a public official or organization extolling the virtues of a park or playground and request equipment or protection for it.
Ask and Answer
Choral reading for fun and fluency.
Use bells in learning, listening, and musical activities to follow-up on The Polar Express.
Our Summer Rules
Using the rules and illustrations from the book as springboards for speaking and writing activities.
Princess and Dude
Develop and perform a Readers Theater script.
Sharing and writing about decorations, ornaments, and family traditions at holiday time.
Spice Cake Scrutiny
Learn more about spices and taste-test the delicious products of different spice cake recipes.
Who's Afraid of Thunder?
Use the story as a writing prompt; ask writers to complete a paragraph explaining what they imagine causes the sound of thunder.
What is That?
Great fun while practicing good listening skills and giving careful descriptions.
Rosie and Michael tell about the many facets of their friendship in a reading duet.
Invite a Fishermen to Share Stories
Invite a fisherman to share this story as part of a show and tell session about fishing
The Magic Hat Chant
Using the book's chant, students practice rhyming words and develop motor skills by tossing a magic hat around a circle.
The Conversation Went Like This...
Imagine conversations between the lion and the mouse in the story.
The fascinating illustrations in this Caldecott Medal winner make it an excellent candidate for retelling with storyboards.
Thinking about promises; making them, keeping them, and consequences of not keeping them.
Student partners take turns reading the dialogue of Claude and Bummer with a focus on fluency and reading with expression.
Have children make up a monologue for one of the main characters in this story
Take the part of the characters or try your hand at developing your own holiday rebus story.
Readers draw and write about family traditions and favorite foods for Thanksgiving dinner.
Getting Along With Your Family
Focus discussion on developing positive family relationships
Compare & Contrast: Rocks & Pebbles
Compare and contrast pairs of small stones
Children naturally want to perform a choral reading of the storytime favorite.
I Went Walking Parade
Students use signs representing characters to participating in a reading of the story.
Children use puppets to act out the order in which characters appear in the story.
A Fishy Chant
Use different configurations of readers for choral presentation of this lively chant.
Downloads & Resources
These matching games use cards featuring images of candy hearts with conversational messages
This special version of the familiar game of Bingo features images of school tools including crayons, pencils, and scissors.
A set of 23 different traditionals nursery rhymes for research and/or writing prompts, learning stations, classroom displays, and bulletin boards.
Based on a standard rubric to assess student progress, this download provides a handy and consistent way monitor student performance in a Tacky the Penguin Readers Theater.
Reader's theater script for Good-Night, Owl! Includes images to help students follow-along.
Perform Tacky the Penguin in small groups or as a class with this script, which includes images to help readers find and follow their parts.
Perform The Caterpillar and the Polliwog in small groups or as a class with this script with images to help readers find and follow their parts.