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Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn.” The MaryRuth Books Classroom Activities involve young readers. They can be used to develop enthusiasm for reading and writing at home or in the classroom. Exercises linked to specific books help establish a purpose for reading, or can make the text of the book more relevant to the reader. Participating in an activity coordinated with a book increases a young reader’s background knowledge about a book’s topic, further engaging them and encouraging them to take a more active role in their own learning.

Featured page image is from an organizing project that recycles cereal boxes to create a simple filing system for At-Home-Learners. Download step-by-step instructions.

Independent Reading for the At-Home Learner

Gail Boushey, well-know literacy author and educator, has created a resource for parents, teachers, and students  to encourage and support at-home learning. Throughout the videos, Gail provides instruction and models independent reading for students using three titles from MaryRuth Books:

Classroom activities that coordinate with specific MRB titles:

Comprehension and Writing

Making Sense of the Five Senses

  • Our five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch allow us to explore and interact with the world.  The body parts that we use to experience these senses are the eyes for seeing, the nose for smelling, the tongue for tasting, the ears for hearing, and the skin for touching. Let Danny help you make sense of your senses with our monthly series of classroom activities. Read Danny’s Five Senses, where Danny uses his five senses to experience Dad’s birthday cake. Then download and complete the worksheet, Introduction to Understanding the Five Senses. The tongue is used for talking and tasting. Download a hands-on activity for the reading classroom to explore the sense of taste.
  • Use your five senses to experience the season of spring.

Matching, Sequencing, Maker Movement, and Using Graphic Organizers

Word Work

Nonfiction / Informational titles:

Activities to improve general classroom skills: