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
- Create a box for storing lots of interesting items in it.
- Get your learner to pull out anything in the box that begins with the letter that you are focusing on.
- 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
- 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’.
- For words beginning with vowels, we say ‘an’, e.g. This is an apple.
- For words beginning with consonants, we use the word ‘a’ e.g. This is a banana.
- 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
Handy Hint: The items in this list for your box can be real, or they can be toys, plastic versions, miniatures etc.