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5 Quick Ways to Make Reading Lessons Less Boring

Yay! It's Fall! Can you believe it? Colorful leaves, jumping in leaf piles, finding a wet pile by mistake...some of my favorite Fall childhood memories. Fall is such a fun time! ๐Ÿ Apple picking ๐ŸŽ pumpkin spice ๐ŸŽƒ the start of seasonal changes. Though we love summer, we look forward to celebrating all these upcoming events.

I love creating resources this time of year. This week, I am writing about five quick movement breaks you can add into any of your reading lessons. I love to add them when we are reading word cards. Maybe we're looking for a certain pattern or vocabulary word with a little hint of Fall. Online or off, whether your students are wiggly, jumpy, or even prefer yoga, they will love them! Even better, let your kid pick a movement, and let them think outside the box. I would love to hear what your students think of for a fun, Fall movement.

Here are 5 quick movement ideas:

  • Raking 5 times on each side

  • Jump in the leaf pile 10 times (This is my favorite! ๐ŸTakes me straight back to Massachusetts days in my backyard as a kid.)

  • Pumpkin picking. ๐ŸŽƒ Bend down, side to side, 10 times each side.

  • Reach for the apple. ๐ŸŽ Great for the child who loves to stretch.

  • Cider time. This may not sound like a movement break, but it's a perfect time to add in a sip of water so your students aren't asking for a drink through the whole lesson. Some of my students like to pick this break. We call it "hydrate to concentrate".

What are some things that your students are excited about for Fall? I'd love to hear!

I also have a Fall Freebie for my community this week. Click ๐Ÿ HERE ๐Ÿ to get access to the activity!

Are you looking for more ways to add more games and movement to your lessons? Come join me for a webinar on October 20, 2021, with TLC's Nancy Telian. This webinar will show unique techniques for increasing student engagement with low-tech methods and ways for adding games or movement to every part of a structured literacy phonics lesson, whether online or in-person.

You'll leave the webinar with:

  • An understanding of the key components of a structured literacy lesson

  • Ways to add games to any part of their lesson, including sound card drill, word card reading, sentence fluency, and multi-sensory spelling

  • Different examples of how to add movement into the components of phonetic lessons

  • The understanding of how to use games and movement to support students with ADHD and inflexible thinkers

  • Easy solutions for how to create spontaneous games when a student is frustrated, and the lesson needs to continue

Find out more and register HERE. I hope you will join me!


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