As beginning readers learn to read, incorporating simple sentences is a great way to help students put all of their skills together. Reading these simple sentences will help them apply their sight word knowledge, decoding skills, and CVC word work skills to become fluent readers. I can’t wait to share with you how I set up Read & Reveal in my classroom and use the simple sentences to help my students read with success!
Read & Reveal Simple Sentences
One of my absolute favorite (and my students’ favorite) ways to work on this skill is by using our Read & Reveal Simple Sentences cards! These are great for learners just beginning to read or struggling readers who need more practice and intervention.
I introduced these to my reading groups and they ate them right up! They felt so proud of themselves for using their reading strategies to read the sentences. Let me tell you, they absolutely LOVE opening the flap to check their work and see that they read the sentence correctly! Talk about a major confidence booster for them! 🙂
Setting Up Read & Reveal Simple Sentences
Setting up these simple sentences is quick and easy and will set you up for the entire year! The first step is to print the cards you need on card stock and cut them apart. I use this paper cutter and it makes the cutting fast and easy!
I also suggest laminating the cards for extra durability and easy sanitizing. This will save you from reprinting and replacing the cards so often. No teacher has time for that!
Once the cards are cut and laminated, fold the flap on the dashed lines. Sometimes I find it easier to fold the cards before laminating, especially if you are using a thick lamination…#teachertip!
You can secure the flaps with mini clothespins, paper clips, or even velcro dots. I love stocking up on mini clothespins at the Target Dollar Spot or when Michaels has sales! Fair warning: the clothespins do break! That’s why I like to stock up when they’re on sale. They also help my students work on their pincer grasp and develop those fine motor muscles. Anytime you can work fine motor skills into the mix, it’s a win-win.
How to Use Read & Reveal Simple Sentences
Now comes the fun part…using the Read & Reveal simple sentences! The great thing about this activity is the instructions are very straightforward, making this an activity that students can be successful at independently.
First, place the cards in a basket and have your students choose one card at a time. You can also hole punch the corners and use a binder ring to hold all of the cards together. Have your students touch each dot and read each word. This visual aid is great for practicing one-to-one correspondence and reading at a just-right pace. Using fun reading pointers adds another layer of fun for the kids, too!
Once they feel confident with the sentence, they will unclip the clothespin to reveal the picture under the flap! It truly is so engaging and motivates them to try their best when reading. Plus, they grow their vocabulary and make real-world connections between the sentence and the picture.
Reading Simple Sentences
These simple sentence activities are perfect for literacy centers, small groups, independent work, early finishers, or any time of day! You can grab the entire Read & Reveal Simple Sentences bundle here!
Additional Read & Reveal Activities
I have created several Read & Reveal cards to help students grow their reading skills. They correspond with the different phonics skills we learn throughout kindergarten. Each set includes phonics skills as well as common sight words that students learn in kindergarten. I have cards for all the following skills:
- CVC Words
- Blends & Digraphs
- Magic e Words
- Vowel Teams
- R-controlled Vowels
- Grab the bundle with all of these here!
I hope your students love these as much as mine do! I would love to hear back from you how these help transform your young readers’ skills!