10 Quick Classroom Games to improve Literacy Skills

A colleague of mine recently shard these 10 great ideas to impove literacy skills in the classroom.  They are simple to play and can be applied to nearly all year levesl.  Enjoy.


Remember that if you are looking for more great free resources and structured guides to teaching all aspects of English especially writing be sure to visit literacyideas.com

Sentence Stretching

Start with a short sentence or group of words.  Pass it around to about 6 people, with the rule that each person must add (a word or a group of words) or change ONE word ( to another word or a group of words) to make the sentence more specific and more interesting.

Rebus writing

Students write sentences or longer texts and substitute drawings for the nouns.

It’s in the bag

Place an object in a bag- make sure the students don’t see it. Students feel the object in the bag and use words to describe how it feels. They take it out and add /alter their adjectives.

Touch and tell

An object is passed around a group of students. Each student suggests an adjective to describe it.


Students provide an adjectival phrase or clause to describe the object

Verb Draw

Students randomly select from a box a picture of an animal, person or objects that move. They brainstornm action verbs for the chosen object.


The students can supply verbs and adverbs

They can supply adjectives or adjectival groups

Hot Seat

Read a text ( this case narrative) and at a particular point stop and ask students to select a character and suggest, for example:

  • What the character  is doing, thinking, feeling ( focus on processes)

Change the meaning- change one word

Students locate and change one word that will alter the meaning of the sentence.

They share their alterations and discuss which part of speech was the most important in changing the meaning.

Locate and classify

Read a text and ask students to write nouns on cards ( red), adjectives (blue), articles on orange. Rearrange words to create different noun groups. Students can also locate verbs ( green card) and adverbs (yellow) . Rearrange all the worsd to create new sentences.


Students can locate adjectival phrases or clauses or adeverbial hrases and write these on other coloured cards.

Grammar toss- Sentence making

Players must throw a 1 before they can begin. The winner is the first person to make a sentence that includes all of the following:

  1. A group of words that tell what or who ( singular)
  2. A group of words that tell when
  3. A verb in the past tense
  4. An adverb telling how
  5. A group of words telling where

They can then rearrange the sentence parts to see how many ways they can make another meaningful sentence. 


Other parts of speech can be used for each number thrown.

Toss and write

Prior to the activity, a cube is prepared. Upon each face of the cube is written a task that requires specific grammar knowledge. For example:

Make a sentence

Make a question

Provide two adjectives

Provide two verbs

Create a noun group ( eg article, adjective/s noun)

Provide a noun and an adverb

Students select a subject ( noun) from a tin. They throw  the cube and  whichever side of the cube faces up is the task they must attempt.

Awesome science experiments for your classroom

ScienceBob has been a self confessed science nut for years and has appeared in hundreds of classrooms, textbooks and even television shows around the globe.  He has a great collection of really fun and innovative science lessons that can be done in nearly any classroom.

My kids did the hoop glider experiment today and it was a real success.  Access ScienceBob here and let me know how you go with any of his experiments below by adding a comment.

lesson Plan: Identifying cause and effect in movies

This is a simple lesson plan to assist students identify cause and effect in movies and texts. 

Persuasive Writing in Advertisements - Literacy Ideas

I recently had this PowerPoint presentation sent to me by a colleague which has some great lesson content for students about the use of persuasive language in advertising.

It identifies the type of language that advertisers use to sell and promote their products and encourages students to use this language in their own writing. I hope you enjoy it and if you have any great resources you would like to share with us please email me @ kev@edgalaxy.com



The Interactive Story Starter: Great for Reluctant Writers:

Sometimes students really struggle for inspiration and ideas when they are asked to get creative and write a narrative.  Luckily for them there is the Amazing Story Starter machine that will hopefully get their creative juices flowing again.  You can use it either individually or as a whole class resource but either way it is a great little tool to have in your kit.  Take a look at it here.

Digital Storytelling with the iPad

For all the iPad junkies out there then this site is definitely worth a look for some great ideas to use the iPad or any tablet for that matter to enhance your literacy sessions.

Digital Storytelling can transform your students' writing into a visual masterpiece that is filled with voice and emotion, while enhancing critical thinking skills.  The iPad takes digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier, and even more engaging for students of all grade levels as well as for their teachers.  

This site will help guide you in what you need for success in the iPad Digital Storytelling classroom.

E-Learning Scope and Sequence Chart - What to teach and When

I put together this really handy chart to advise teachers what they should be teaching in ICT / E-Learning and when.  It is linked to VELS but really applies to any curriculum and you should feel confident in delivering these activities to the year level recommended.  Download the PDF File here.

Get our First Ever eBook Free: 13 Tech Ideas that will Change the way you Teach

After many requests from readers I have finally got around to putting together an eBook.  The book is titled "Become a 21st Century Teacher Two Hours - 13 Technology ideas that will change the way you teach."

And no matter what level of Nerd you are I guarantee there will be a few ideas and tools you can use with your students immediately.  The book is completely free of course and you simply need to click on the image below to find out more and get your hands on it.

I hope you enjoy it and hopefully the next won't be too far away.