Saturday, June 13, 2015

Roll-and-Read Activities for Kinesthetic Learners

Teaching with a multisensory approach to learning is so much fun…  not only for the students, but for the teacher as well! I have found that my students really love it when we use dice or cubes in reading activities. With that in mind, I have created a product that I will use primarily to help reinforce syllable type fluency and awareness. These word cubes are engaging for all students, but they are particularly appealing to those kinesthetic learners who need that little extra chunk of motion to stay truly involved in the lesson.

These word cubes are now available in the Tally Tales TPT store. Please view the preview images and descriptions below for more details about this product. If you are interested, you can access it here.

I designed each cube template to be very printer-friendly, so you can easily print all of the activities within this product without worrying about depleting your ink supply. The instructions are the same for each cube; print them (preferably onto cardstock to make them more stable and durable), cut them out, and fold along the external tabs to shape the actual cube.
Within the product, you will find a word cube devoted to each syllable type. 

Some references combine vowel teams and diphthongs into one category. They are separated here in alignment with Orton Gillingham training recommendations. However, you may choose to use these cubes together if that more closely fits your reading instruction.

Four cubes feature words of various syllable types, combined together. These cubes would be great to use in review exercises once students have been introduced to all types of syllables.
You may choose to have your students only read the words after rolling. However, should you want to build on the basic exercise a bit, I also included a couple of suggestions for extension activities.
One cube features the syllable types, rather than only words. This cube would be suitable as a challenge activity for older or more advanced students who have developed a stable knowledge of syllables. With this cube, the activity is reversed; students roll to determine a syllable type, and then they have to think of a word that would fit that type of syllable.
Finally, I included a completely blank cube template. You may want to create a word cube that features specific words you choose, or you may want students to create their own word cubes to take home for additional practice. Whatever your goal, you have access to a template that will allow you to create a cube of your own design.
I tried to be thorough in providing materials that I felt would make this product applicable to a variety of age groups and instructional settings, but these simple little cubes are pretty versatile in application; I'm sure you could find ways to use them other than those I have mentioned here. Regardless, should you choose to incorporate these into your reading instruction, I hope they will be fun, effective activities for your little readers! If you (and your students) enjoy using cubes like this as much as I do, check back in the future; I plan to create a full line of roll-and-read word cubes.

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