Gift of Reading Blog Hop

Nov 22, 2013

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At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letters to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

************The Gift of Reading***********
I think that some children are very lucky.  They grow up with literacy experiences.  This may come in the form of weekly trips to a library or bookstore.  Maybe they get nightly bedtime stories.  And, possibly, they help their families make grocery lists and talk about environmental print.  I think these experiences provide children with the "gift a reading."  A skill that they will use, need, enjoy...for the rest of their lives. 

I have worked hard in my home to provide my girls with this gift.  And I see glimpses of this when I check on them at night and there is a book laying on their face.  Or I will catch them making menus as they play "restaurant."  The "gift of reading" is more than the physical act of reading, it is a love for reading.

As a teacher, I want to give this love...this gift to my students.

This leads me to my "Gift of Sight Words."

Some of our sight words don't come easily to our students.  They can be very hard to remember if you don't have a lot of exposure to them.  And these words are just imperative to reading with fluency and comprehension.  They just need to know them.  That takes time, exposure, and practice.
This game allows students to work with the Dolch words through a game.  Pre-primer through third Dolch lists are included.  It can be played in a whole group setting, with a small group, or as partners. 
Let's take a closer look:

Students get a snowman.

They choose a gift.  If the word is read correctly, then the gift is glued down in the snowman's hand.  This process is repeated over and over.  The hope is that the snowman will have a tall stack of gifts!

I hope you find that this is helpful to your students as they walk along the literacy path!
My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new posts, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below.

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Teachers Take Out to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays!

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 


  1. Um, maybe it's just me, but I can't find a link to download this activity.

  2. I can't find a link to download this activity.

  3. Thank you for the comments. You think it is planned out all perfectly...and, of course, it is not! :) Sorry. I checked the links. You can click on any picture of the product and the link should work properly now. Thank you for letting me know.

  4. I love this statement: "The "gift of reading" is more than the physical act of reading, it is a love for reading." So true. As teachers and parents we need to show our students and our children how much we love to read.

    Thinking Out Loud

  5. As I was reading your post, I think what you said was just as valuable as the game. You got me to thinking about how I could try to add more "Gift of Reading" times to my classroom. I am going to try to do a better job after reading your post. Thanks for the game!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  6. The most wonderful thing happens when you give your children "The Gift" they grow up and share it right back. My grownup children and I often talk about books and recommend them to each other. It is pretty awesome! I read to my kids until one of them was 16 and I still read things to my 14 year old just cause we like to!

  7. I love your quote, "The gift of reading is more than the physical act of reading, it is a love for reading". A love of reading is a gift that keeps on giving. :) The snowman sight words are a super way to practice!

    Read With Me ABC


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