Make and Take Literacy Night = Fun Parent Involvement

The ultimate goal of literacy is to help students become life-long readers, so they can be educated citizens. The child's first and most influential teacher is their parent and/or guardian. With that in mind, it is crucial to give families the tools they need to help this child, as well as other children in the household. {Here's a link to an article from The Atlantic: How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students} I love to invite families to school for Literacy Night. I've helped organize, prepare, and lead Literacy Nights at least 8 times over the course of my teaching career, and I plan to continue this for years to come. Here are my tips for an easy and successful Literacy Night in Upper Elementary classrooms.
Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes

Make and Take for Literacy Night, grades 3-5


At a recent Literacy Night at my school, the parents met in the gym to see a quick presentation about state testing. The students went to the media center to watch a video, learn how to do the Make and Take literacy activities, and prepare to teach their parents.

Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes
Want to plan your own? Click here to check out this editable set of 4 Literacy Stations

We learned how to play Boggle {one of my favorite games to teach students to reinforce many essential skills}. We used a document camera to project my Boggle game, and we spent about 5 minutes learning how to play, then moved off to the next activity.

Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes
Click here to see Boggle on my affiliate link from Amazon.
Remember Cootie Catchers? Or did you call them Fortune Tellers? Either way, they are fun! We used them for comprehension activities for the families to take home. We practiced using a familiar story.
Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes

Note: I used Jack and the Beanstalk. I didn't read the book, we just reviewed it as a group:
Mrs. Sykes: Raise your hand if you've heard of the story Jack and the Beanstalk.
Hands shoot up all around. 5 excited kiddos start calling out. Pandemonium might break out any minute.
Mrs. Sykes: Great! We have so many people who know the story. Turn to someone and tell them about the story.
Excited talking. Some jumping up and down. After 15 seconds, I get everyone's attention.
Mrs. Sykes: Let's just review it together. Let's start: Jack and the Beanstalk is a story about a boy named... pause
Kiddos: Jack!
Mrs. Sykes: Jack trades his cow for a pile of... pause
Kiddos: Beans!
This continues for about less than a minute, and we all know the basics of the story. Then, I model using the Cootie Catcher with the story, and we practice a couple of times, using the document camera so everyone can see.

 Next, we practiced "Read it Like..." which is a fun and quick way to work on fluency with repeated readings. We practiced saying the name of the school and our teacher's names using silly voices. {Like a buzzy bee, like you are underwater, and like a pirate - AARGH!} We were silly, and had a few laughs while practicing.

Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes

Finally, the parents arrived. We told the students it was their job to show their parents how to do the activities, and showed them quickly to the parents. Teachers circulated to answer any questions, and the families circulated to collect the materials. After about 20 minutes, it was time for everyone to go. We thanked them for coming, and everyone went home. The only prep work was printing/copying the take home activities, and trimming the paper for the Cootie Catchers to make them easier to fold.

Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes
Click here to see this editable set of activities in my TpT store

Interested in hosting a low-prep Make & Take Literacy Night? Click the picture above to see the set in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. How do you support family literacy in your classroom?

Not sure, but you'd like to try it out for free? Click the picture below to download a free set of comprehension Cootie Catchers, then leave feedback to let me know what you think!

Need activities for parents? Make and Take Literacy Activities for grades 3-5 are minimal prep - just print, copy, and go! Link to freebie in blog post from Hello Mrs Sykes




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