Lower Elementary
English Language Arts

Adding Prop Play to Your Literacy Instruction-Prop Box

We all strive to make our literacy lessons meaningful and fun for our students, but sometimes it is difficult to do this while teaching comprehensions skill. One way to get your students interacting with their stories is through acting and prop play. Your students will have a blast with these activities, and I guarantee it will become more meaningful to them through this type of practice.
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Adding Prop Play to Your Literacy Instruction-Prop Box
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    According to early childhood education professor, Ann Barbour, "Play is the most important medium for development and learning for young children, aged birth to eight years". This article provides a more in-depth explanation as to what prop boxes are, and what role they can play in your classroom. Many times, teachers feel props and "dress-up" clothing are for pre-school classrooms, but you will find information in this article that suggests that it is important at all levels.
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    Prop Boxes are perfect ways for students to build comprehension skills by retelling a story. Here you will find an example of a classic tale and prop ideas used to encourage your students to retell a story.
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    We are all familiar with reader's theater, but this article explains the reason "why" it is important and how students are really able to build their literacy skills through reader's theater.
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    You will be able to find perfect examples of stories and props you can use in your classroom when you visit this site. Click on each story and you have access to printables, directions, and details on where to buy inexpensive props to go with each story!
  • Emilie Campbell says:
    Your students are going to have a blast when they incorporate writing into their pretend play. Here you can find 6 free printables you can use in class to promote writing through play.
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    The Essentials of Early Literacy Instruction

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    Emilie Campbell says:
    This article provides valuable information on how young children acquire literacy skills at an early age. Pay close attention the to section titled, "Literacy in Play". You will find research that states the importance of "dramatic play" in a young child's life in order for them to develop early literacy skills.