Junk Box

Useful for teaching Reading and Spelling Made Simple Book 1, 2 & 3.

Creating a junk box to keep a variety of interesting things is a great resource for teaching lots of different elements of language, including colours, first letters, introducing items and rhyming words.

Activity 1:  Junk Box – First Letters

Useful for teaching Reading and Spelling Made Simple Book 1 & Book 2

  1. Create a box for storing lots of interesting items in it.
  2. Get your learner to pull out anything in the box that begins with the letter that you are focusing on.
  3. Remember that some items in the box may be able to be called by different names depending on the letter being studied, e.g. fruit, apple, red apple.

Activity 2: Junk Box – Introducing Items

Useful for teaching Reading and Spelling Made Simple Book 3

  1. Ask your learner to take things out of the Junk Box and to use the correct introducing word for each item: either ‘a’ or ‘an’.
  2. For words beginning with vowels, we say ‘an’, e.g. This is an apple.
  3. For words beginning with consonants, we use the word ‘a’ e.g. This is a banana.
  4. Use different adjectives to make mix it up. For example, the adjective ‘red’ begins with a consonant and the adjective ‘orange’ begins with a vowel. The correct introduction would now be ‘a red apple, an orange pencil’.

Junk Box – Ideas For Items To Include

Junk Box List

Handy Hint: The items in this list for your box can be real, or they can be toys, plastic versions, miniatures etc.