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4 practical ways and activities to improve writing skills.

Improving writing skills to primary children is the biggest challenge for teachers. Especially the students who are learning English as a second language are getting much trouble to improve writing skills. Here I am discussing some practical tips and activities which I have been using in my classroom to my young learners. 

                       We know very well, writing is the utmost skill. It means it's a hard skill for primary children. And in the LSRW, listening leads to speaking and reading leads to writing. So a student wants to speak he should listen well as well as he wants to write he should read well. So we should concentrate on reading to get good writing skills. But most of the teachers are not following the psychological order of language skills. So you want to develop writing skills first concentrate on speaking and reading skills. So you need to give such speaking and reading activities in order to get good writing skills.                   …

Integrated Reading and Writing Activity

Subject : English
Grade : 4th
Targeted Standards : Reading, Writing and creative Expression.

     First of all I would like to thank to the author of the book Teaching Young Learners to Think to gave this great activity. I adopted that activity (Can you Read This) and prepared a new worksheet of my own to this activity. A rhyme about superstitions in grade IV.

You can walk under ladders
What's wrong in that?
You can see any number of jet black cats 
No problem in that.
You can break a million mirrors
And not shed a tear
It's all just stuff and nonsense
Simply groundless fears."

To teach this rhyme first of all I showed a video of superstitions around the world. Later I interacted with my children by asking few questions, What are the superstitions?, What are the reasons to believe?..etc. Once I gave the explanation and reasons of the superstitions, I explained the rhyme while doing the choreography. 

(Choreography Video of the Rhyme by my children)

Later I gave the worksheet to read the rhyme. (You can see the worksheet below, it has some gaps and pictures.) First of all I asked my children to identify the pictures in the worksheet. Later I paired my children to think about the gaps. After few minutes I asked them to read the rhyme by guessing the words which were not given. I helped my children by doing actions when they felt difficult to recognize any word and while a child reading the lines I asked to the other children to do the action. And while they reading the lines I asked my children to say the spelling of the difficulty words and made drill. Finally I asked my children to fill the gaps individually and write the vocabulary denoting the pictures in the worksheet. They didn't face any difficulty to read and write the rhyme. They done in a joyful way and turned as a very interesting activity to them. You can see the choreography and reading skills of my children in the above video.


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