Unit 3: Writing for Readers



  • Choose a familiar book and make the characters talk!  Add in speech bubbles on post-its.
  • Pick a story that you told your grown-up and write it out across 3 (or more) pages
  • Reread the story and then try to fix it up (check for spelling, spaces, penmanship, and sight words), label pictures and add details to them)

Games & Activities:

  • Play Sight Word Bingo
  • Practice sight words:
    • Make with play-doh
    • Write in shaving cream on a pan
    • Make with magnetic letters
    • Make your own word wall, turn off the lights and use a flashlight to highlight words for your child to read


Online Games (Websites & Apps):


Games & Activities:

  • Pick an interesting part of your day and tell it to your family (try to tell it as a story with a beginning, middle, and end)
  • Think of a time when you had a strong emotion (really happy, excited, scared, sad, surprised) and tell the story of that moment to your family
  • Sit down together and try to generate story ideas that your child can write about in class.  (Tip: Flip through a photo album or digital photos to get ideas)
  • Choose a photo from above and tell the story of that moment.  
  • Play Scrabble Junior as a family


  • Tell a story to your child about something fun you did.  Then have your child draw three pictures to represent the beginning, middle, and end of your story.  After, shuffle the pictures and see if your child can put them back in order and retell the story.  


  • Mo Willems Video explaining how he writes with the reader in mind (just like we are learning to do!)