Activities for Reading Week

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These 5 activities for Reading Week are great for in-person or virtual instruction. Use these fun literacy activities in your Kindergarten classroom!

Read Across American is a great opportunity to promote literacy and a love of reading in your classroom! We love to read with our students and celebrate books.

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This list of 5 activities will help you plan a week focused on sharing great literature with your students.

Drop Everything and Read

I love to schedule Drop Everything and Read time with students! Every day plan a time for a signal to go off to mean that everyone (teachers included) need to stop what they’re doing and read! Students can get cozy around the room or at-home for distance learning and enjoy a good book! I would also make sure to bring in a book to read during this time!

Kids reading books for read across America week

Guest Readers

I love to have guest readers (parents, grandparents, administrators, community members) read a book to the class! It’s a great way to foster community. This year you will probably need to have readers schedule a time virtually so make sure to test technology beforehand. I even had the mayor read one year and he said he probably enjoyed it more than the kids!

Buddy Reading

What a great opportunity to pair up with another class and read with a friend! I always made sure to mix it up and pair up with another grade level class. Students loved sharing their book boxes with an older student and they had a great role model read to them! You can even create a schedule virtually for students to read to each other with another teacher. Or students at home can read with a sibling, parents, or even a stuffed animal!

Two boys reading for read across America week

Character Dress-Up Day

Celebrate your favorite book characters by dressing up! Students and teachers love seeing their favorite characters come to life! One year my team dressed up like all of the Pinkalicious colors (Emeraldicious, Purplicious..someone was even Goldie the Unicorn!) We had a great day!

Mystery Book Covers

Draw or get book covers blown up and create puzzle pieces to cover them up. Everyday remove a puzzle piece and have students guess the book! At the end of the week celebrate with a read aloud of the book. Pete the Cat books were always a big hit with Kindergarten students!

Celebrate Diversity

Make sure to check out the list of Best Picture Books About Diversity For Young Learners. These are some wonderful books to share with your early childhood students.

Picture Books for Kindergarten Celebrating Diversity

We also found this great list where books are sorted by topics like Empowering Student Voices, Fostering Inclusiveness, Exploring Identity, and so many more. These lists are for all ages though so you will have to look through them to find what works for you. Click here to see the list now.

Hopefully these 5 Kindergarten literacy activities help you have a great Read Across America week! Please share your in the comments below.

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How do you celebrate Read Across America in your classroom? Share if you have a great idea for in-person or distance learning!

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