Effective Ontario Curriculum Reading Response Activities

Reading response activity, reading response activities, student books, EQAO, Ontario Curriculum

Reading response activities allow the students to interact with the text and put it into their own words, so they understand the selection more fully. These activities also allow teachers to analyze each student's' comprehension, emotional and thought processes about the material being read, so they can implement appropriate literacy and learning strategies as needed. 

Interacting with text in this way promotes each student's success in school, while also benefiting them with quality life skills, such as problem solving and expressing themselves in a positive manner. However, not all response activities are created equally. Here are some effective Ontario Curriculum reading response activities that will get students thinking and excited about the texts they are reading.

Written reading response activities are a traditional practice used in schools that encourages students to think about the text they’re reading. They also allow them to translate the text into their own words, allowing the teacher to better gauge their level of understanding and literacy level.


Social Media Reading Response Activities


Reading response activity, reading response activities, student books, EQAO, Ontario CurriculumTo keep reading response activities engaging, there are some unique approaches you can take that relate to the modern day classrooms. You can involve social media by asking students to use their Chrome Book provided in some Ontario classrooms to express something about the book in less than 145 characters (the maximum length of a Tweet). Encourage them to create popular hashtags about their tweet and discuss what they've come up with. 

 

Put the Students in the Author’s Chair

A great way to encourage your students to start thinking like an author is to ask them what they would change in the book. This allows them to create a story of their own, while also putting the original story into a new context. Prompt them with questions about how else the story ended or how different actions of a specific character could have changed the outcome. 

 

Reading Response Games

A surefire way to get students interacting with the text they're reading is with fun, exciting, educational games. Design a Tic-Tac-Toe sheet or Bingo game that require students to complete the reading responses in order to claim a space.Reading response activity, reading response activities, student books, EQAO, Ontario Curriculum These types of activities make education fun for students and keeps them fully engaged as they’re eager to complete the reading responses to “win” the game.

A Letter to a Character

Attaching emotion to the text is a great way to get children interacting with their literacy materials. Ask the students to write a letter to one of the characters in the book about how the character or his/her actions made them feel. This allows them to put their thoughts and feeling onto paper, which is not only a vital education skill but also an imperative life skill. It also furthers their understanding of the text.

 

Character To-Do List

An excellent reading response activity for students is to have them create a To-Do list for a character who needs help. This To-Do list can be made up of short, consecutive sentences that tell about character, the problem to be solved, and the steps taken to a solution. Not only will this reading response activity help the students understand the book they’re reading, but it will also help them with their problem-solving skills.

 

Reading Response Activities presented in the Tree House Press Ontario Reading Series of Student Books

The goal of reading response activities is to get the children thinking, understanding, and expressing their ideas about the material being read. Tree House Press student books contain 96 full-colour pages of Ontario curriculum appropriate selections and activities for grades 3-6. Each unit in these student books includes short answers, longer answers, and multi-choice response activities that involve the students in the material they’re reading. The questions are formulated in a similar way to what the students will see on the EQAO assessments, preparing them for similar testing in the future.



Effective reading response activities engage students in the selection they’re reading while also allowing them to understand the text more thoroughly. The activities also provide teachers with the opportunity to gauge each student’s individual literacy skills, comprehension, and thought processes. Learn more about effective Ontario Curriculum reading response activities today at Tree House Press.

 

Edited by Patrick Lashmar

How to Find Curriculum Standard Education Books

Education books truly serve no purpose if they aren’t up to the curriculum standards. This is quite unfortunate considering how much value student books can bring into the classroom, for both teachers and students

Know The Author of your Education Books: Interview with Patrick Lashmar

When searching for student books online, it is always recommended to review the authors and the experience and skill set they bring to the books they write. By doing so, you will be able to get a better understanding of just how valuable the education books are.
April 19, 2016 by David Lashmar

Benefits of Implementing Student Books in the Classroom

Being an educator is tough. Your days don’t start in the classroom, and they certainly don’t end there.

Possible Questions for Teacher or Peer Reading Conferences

Select a few questions to begin a dialogue. You do not  need to use all of these questions. These conference questions can be put on chart paper and posted in your classroom library.
December 01, 2015 by Patrick Lashmar

The Reading Process

Reading is not defined as the mastering of small separate skills. Research holds that reading is dynamic...
November 19, 2015 by Patrick Lashmar

A Teacher's Self-assessment Questionnaire of the Writing Program

Have I taught the children the stages in the writing process?

November 13, 2015 by Patrick Lashmar

What is the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)?

The OSSLT, assesses whether students have the literacy (reading and writing) skills needed to meet the literacy requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
November 02, 2015 by Patrick Lashmar

Techniques for Answering OSSLT Open-response Questions

In answering written answer questions, consider the following: read the entire question before answering, be sure to write on the assigned topic, and in the format requested; off-topic responses may be labelled “non-compliant,” and will...
October 28, 2015 by Patrick Lashmar

Techniques for Answering Multiple-choice Questions

Students need many opportunities to respond to text using an appropriate balance of multiple-choice, short answer, and longer answer questions. For multiple-choice responses, students should attempt to answer all the questions for each text.
October 19, 2015 by Patrick Lashmar