Reading Circle Games How might we create a game to help us activate reading strategies when reading in a group?

We have been using reciprocal reading groups to help us improve our reading but we needed a change. We like reading and understand the strategies, and we were using recording sheets to draw or write our ideas.

WE WONDERED IF THERE WAS A WAY WE COULD MAKE IT MORE FUN. HOW MIGHT WE TURN OUR READING CIRCLE JOBS INTO A GAME?

We came up with a design challenge that would help us use the reading strategies during the game

We used a template to create cards for four different reading strategies: Questioner, Word Finder, Connector and Reporter, then created our own cards to use in the games. We decided that people could earn extra medals for collaborating well in the group.

We have been playing the games all term. We choose what text we want to read and buddy up in small groups. We play the cards as we read and the aim is to get rid of all the cards.

We've now made a score card to earn points for playing the cards. We choose how much the cards are worth before we play then add up our scores at the end.

Last but not least, we invited our year 5/6 buddy class to help us test our game. We taught them how to play it then read some books together using the cards and score cards.

We asked them: How does this game help learning? Is it fun? Why? Any improvements to make it better? These are some of their comments:

1. How does this game help learning? It has lots of different reading tools so when people use them they understand how to use them later on in life. Yes because you can choose the reading tool you want to use. It helps learning in that you have to think about what you read instead of just reading.

2. Is it fun? Why? Yes it's fun because you have to look at the text and find key words. It's better than normal reflecting. You get to think about it more because you have to choose the card to play.

3. Any improvements to make it better? No. I like the set-up and strategising. Maybe make the score card instructions clearer.

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