I will leave you with one last Literacy game before we move on from this series and it’s called Toss and Answer, again from Jodie over at Growing Book By Book. If you haven’t checked her out yet please do so. She is an educator of 17 years with a very impressive resume but above all that she has a passion for Early Literacy!
Here is her post on the Toss and Answer game… enjoy!
This activity allows a little gross motor exercise while practicing some vocabulary words. Developing a child’s vocabulary increases their reading and writing ability. I’m a big fan of Isabel Beck’s work with vocabulary. She talks about three tiers of words. Tier 1 words are those concrete words we pick up pretty naturally such as table, chair, and dog. Tier 3 words are specific to a subject area such as polygon and photosynthesis. Tier 2 words are words that we see across multiple contexts and need to be specifically taught to children. See the 12 examples above in the picture.
Materials Needed: 1 muffin tin, 12 small post-its or small paper slips, 1 marker, Tier 2 word list, a soft object to toss into the tin
Select 12 vocabulary words (words should have already been introduced to the child) and write each on a post-it or small paper slip. Place one word in each tin. The child takes the soft ball and tosses it into the tin. Whatever word it lands on is the word to utilize for that turn. For round one have the child define the word in their kid language. Memorizing dictionary definitions is useless. In round two, the child can use the word in a creative sentence. For round three, have the child name something that does not fit with the word. For example, if the word was shy, the child could say a politician who walks up to strangers and talks to them is not shy. It’s important for children to manipulate the word in many different formats so that the vocabulary word becomes more natural for them.
So, one muffin tin can provide numerous learning opportunities for your child. Can you think of literacy uses for muffin tins? I’d love for you to share your ideas.