Every year I wonder how I could make my reading genres unit more engaging. I’ve tried book tastings, a powerpoint with notes, concentration games, videos, and it goes on and on. My students never fully master this unit and I know that it’s my fault. So … when it was time to plan the unit this year, I knew I needed more exciting and active learning. These eight beach-themed genre activities and ABC order activities include ideas for beach volley(genre)ball, a cornhole game, building a sandcastle, and saving the baby beach crabs! When I showed up in a lei and pineapple sunglasses, playing hula music in the background, I’m pretty sure the students thought I was crazy. As the learning activities progressed they were so involved and excited about what they were learning, that they asked to do it again the next day! Even more, I had students from other classes asking about what we were doing in our room! They wanted to join us!
And you know what, my students know their reading genres! Learning was fun and effective! Click here to get all of these fun activities and take your students back to the beach!