Literacy Activities
Give One, Get One
  1. Have the students fold a piece of paper lengthwise to form two columns and write, „Give Oneš at the top left-hand column and „Get Oneš at the top of the right-hand column.


  1. Have students brainstorm a list of all the things they already know about the topic they will be studying, writing the items down in the left-hand column.


  1. After they make the list, have them talk to other students what is on their lists.


  1. Have students write any new information they get from these discussions in the right column of their lists, along with the name of the person who gave them the information.


  1. Once everyone has given and gotten information, have the whole class discuss the information students have listed.


  1. Again, have students write any new information they get from this discussion in the right column of their lists.


Some suggestions for implementation-As students brainstorm their individual lists, circulate around the room and provide information or ideas struggling to come with any of their own.  That way, when it is time for students to circulate and share information, no one has an empty list.


Discuss the final lists of information with the aim of making sure they are accurate.  Sometimes, students may have faulty content knowledge and it is important that they learn to discard incorrect information before starting the unit.  Model drawing a line through incorrect facts.


Tea Party Instructions

Tea Party offers students an opportunity to consider parts of the text before they actually read it.  Tea Party also encourages active participation with the text and gives students a chance to get up and move around the classroom.  This before reading activity allows students to predict what they think will happen in the text as they make inferences, see causal relationships, compare and contrast, practice sequencing, and draw on their prior experiences.


Select key words, phases or sentences from the text and write them on index cards.  Try to select half as many key words, phrases, or sentences as you have students.  Duplicate enough cards so that there is one card for each student.


  1. Distribute one card per student.
  2. Have students get up and move from student to student.
  3. Ask them to share their card with as many classmates as possible.
  4. Insist they listen to others as they read their cards.
  5. Ask them to discuss how these cards might be related.
  6. Have them speculate what these cards, collectively, might be about.
  7. In small groups, have students complete a „We Thinkš statement.
  8. Ask students to share their „We Thinkš statements with the entire class.  Make sure students explain how they reached their predictions.
  9. Read the text.
  10. Compare the text with their predictions on the „We Thinkš statements.

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