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Five Early Reading Intervention Activities for the Classroom



Early reading intervention activities in the classroom can help struggling readers to improve their literacy skills. Early intervention is crucial to address potential reading difficulties and to provide students with a strong foundation for future academic success. In this article, we will discuss five effective early reading intervention activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.


Phonemic Awareness Activities


Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate individual sounds in words. It is a critical skill for early readers as it provides a strong foundation for phonics and word recognition. Teachers can use a variety of phonemic awareness activities in the classroom, such as:


Phoneme segmentation: students break down words into individual sounds. For example, in the word "cat," students would identify the sounds /k/ /a/ /t/.


Rhyming words: students identify words that sound the same at the end. For example, "cat," "bat," and "rat."

Sound matching: students identify the beginning or ending sound in a word. For example, in the word "sun," students would identify the /s/ sound.


Guided Reading


Guided reading is a strategy used by teachers to support small groups of students in reading books at their instructional level. During guided reading, the teacher provides support to students as they read aloud, helping them to decode words and understand the meaning of the text. Guided reading allows teachers to differentiate instruction, providing support to students who may be struggling with reading.


Shared Reading


Shared reading is another strategy that teachers can use to support early readers. During shared reading, the teacher reads aloud to the class, modeling fluency and expression. As the teacher reads, students follow along in their own copy of the text. Shared reading allows students to practice their listening skills and to develop an understanding of how to read with expression.


Sight Word Games


Sight words are words that students recognize instantly, without having to sound them out. They are often high-frequency words that students encounter frequently in texts. Teachers can use sight word games to help students practice recognizing these words. Some examples of sight word games include:


Memory Match: students match pairs of sight words.


Bingo: students mark off sight words on a bingo card.


Word Swat: students swat sight words on a flyswatter as they are called out.


Interactive Read-Alouds


Interactive read-alouds are a powerful way to engage students in reading and to support their comprehension skills. During an interactive read-aloud, the teacher reads aloud to the class, stopping periodically to ask questions and to facilitate discussion. This strategy helps students to develop their comprehension skills and to think critically about the text.




Early reading intervention is crucial for students who may be struggling with reading. Teachers can use a variety of strategies to support early readers, such as phonemic awareness activities, guided reading, shared reading, sight word games, and interactive read-alouds. These strategies can help to build a strong foundation for literacy skills and set students on a path towards future academic success.

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