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Reading Adventure Packs for Families

By: Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets has developed a set of reading adventure packs to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.
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Parents who read to their children everyday and talk about what they are reading together promote a joy of reading and literacy achievement. How can teachers encourage reading at home and support the role of parents as educators? One way is through the use of our reading adventure packs — a paired set of theme-based fiction and nonfiction books and related interactive activities that kids bring home from school to share with their family. Just assemble everything into a two-gallon zip top bag, and they're ready to go!

"[These packs] are a great idea from Reading Rockets. I love the fact that there are clear, accessible, and easy-to-understand suggestions for parents in each PDF. The activities would be fun and educational to link to any book that suits the themes, not just the ones suggested."

— The Book Chook

What goes into each reading adventure pack?

  • Parent information sheet with an introductory note that you can personalize, instructions about how to use the packet, and tips for sharing fiction and nonfiction books with children
  • Two books: one fiction and one nonfiction, selected by Reading Rockets for high quality and wide availability in school libraries
  • Creativity Activity: a hands-on craft project
  • Imagination Activity: encourages imaginative play, writing, or drawing
  • Get Real Activity: focuses on real-world experiences for parent and child
  • Bookmark: lists the featured titles and alternative titles

Themed reading adventure packs

Animals reading adventure packs
Theme: Animals
Age: Kindergarten
Animals pack >
Environment reading adventure pack
Theme: Environment
Age: Grade 1
Environment pack >
Food Reading adventure pack
Theme: Food
Age: Kindergarten
Food pack >
 
Folktales Reading adventure pack
Theme: Folktales
Age: Grade 1
Folktales pack >
Music Reading adventure pack
Theme: Music
Age: Kindergarten
Music pack >
Time Reading adventure pack
Theme: Time
Age: Grade 1
Time pack >
 
Dinosaurs Reading adventure pack
Theme: Dinosaurs
Age: Grade 1
Dinosaurs pack >
Where the Wild Things Are
Theme: Wild Things
Age: Kindergarten
Wild Things pack
(English and Spanish) >
Sleep Reading adventure pack
Theme: Sleep
Age: Kindergarten
Sleep pack >
 
Reading adventure pack: Very Hungry Caterpillar
Theme: What Happens Next?
Age: Pre-K and K
Very Hungry Caterpillar pack >
Green Eggs & Ham
Theme: Green Eggs & Ham
Age: Kindergarten
Green Eggs & Ham pack >
The Snowy Day Reading adventure pack
Theme: The Snowy Day
Age: Kindergarten
Snowy Day pack
(English and Spanish) >
 
Reading adventure pack: Farms
Theme: Farms
Age: Kindergarten
Farms pack >
The Lorax
Theme: Trees
Age: Grade 1
The Lorax pack >
Rocks Reading adventure pack
Theme: Rocks
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Rocks pack >
 
 
Reading adventure pack: Oceans
Theme: Oceans
Age: Grade 1
Oceans pack >
Cooking
Theme: Cooking
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Cooking pack >
Weather
Theme: Weather
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Weather pack >
 
 
Building Reading adventure pack
Theme: Building
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Building pack >
Rivers
Theme: Rivers
Age: Grade 3
Rivers pack >
Bees
Theme: Bees
Age: Grade 3
Bees pack >
 
 
Reading adventure pack: Flight
Theme: Flight
Age: Grade 3
Flight pack >
Stars
Theme: Stars
Age: Grade 3
Stars pack >
money
Theme: Money
Age: Grade 3
Money pack >
 
 
Reading adventure pack: Gardening
Theme: Gardening
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Gardening pack >
(English and Spanish)
Robots
Theme: Robots
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Robots pack >
(English and Spanish)
Government
Theme: Government
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Government pack >
(English and Spanish)
 
Reading adventure pack: Archaeology
Theme: Archaeology
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Archaeology pack >
(English and Spanish)
   

Feedback wanted

If you use the reading adventure packs in your classroom, we'd love to get feedback on how well they worked, new theme ideas, or ways to improve the packs. Contact us and select "Reading adventure packs" from the subject field. Thank you!

To learn more, please read our article about reading adventure packs.

* Si tiene alugunas preguntas o comentarios, contáctenos y seleccione "Cometarios sobre el paquete de actividades familiares."

Reading Rockets (2008)

Reprints

You are welcome to print copies or republish materials for non-commercial use as long as credit is given to Reading Rockets and the author(s). For commercial use, please contact info@readingrockets.org.

Comments

I think your family literacy bags are wonderful, but I think it would help if you would provide a site from which to purchase the books. I have most of the fiction books, but the non-fiction books I do not have.

I really like the literacy bags, but do you have any for higher grades, or just K-1?

These are great they will help me supplement what my child is learning in school.

These are wonderful resources; do you anticipate writing any literacy bags for older youth?

Please add more literacy bags for Kindergarten. Also include the translations to spanish. I would do the translations contact me at this e-mail mgesparza@prodigy.netif you are interested.ThanksMEsparza

I used to do math bags for my kindergarden students to take home. I was working at a school where I knew the kids did not have manipulatives and such and I also knew the parents did not know exactly how and what to do with the kids. I made a ziplock full of activities that included directions and plenty of various manipulatives. I did it very inexpensively with dollar store items. The parents loved it and so did the kids. They were very proud of their bags! I can see this being the same! I love this idea. It is a great home school connection. Parents often want to work with their kids but just don't know the different things they can do and try. Great idea!

These literacy bags would be great for my 3-5 struggling readers. Are you considering bags for older readers?

As a daughter of a mother whose first language was Armenian, and married to a man who was born in France and whose first two languages were Armenian and French; books in Spanish are not necessary. I know that is not PC. Immersion into a foreign language as a child, promotes learning that language quicker. My mother and husband and other family members were not given ELL to learn English. My husband learned English by the time he finished second grade. My husband graduated from college speaking 3 languages fluently without an accent. My mother spoke Armenian and English by the end of second grade also. My experience as an educator is that the students who are instructed in their native language, do not learn English quickly and struggle for years with reading, writing and become dependent on bi-lingual interventions. We are not helping these students with bi-lingual instruction.

I would also love to see some Spanish materials. Librarian, this is not so much for the kids but so the parents who are not benefiting from daily English instruction can feel connected to their child's education through this activity.

Wow. These literacy bags are a wonderful idea. This will come in handy for homeschool parents. You can make all kinds of bags in whatever subject you are working on at home. They can even be grade oriented. Thanks so much for the idea. It opens up a whole new realm for homeschooling families.

Thank you! These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing - they are helpful and they are designed attractively, as well - very much appreciated.

Can you offer more bags for the pre-K crowd? As a member of a home daycare association, we would really benefit from those!

I read through the materials for the "Oceans" literacy bag and thought it was fabulous. However, I was disappointed when I didn't find any literacy bags for 2nd grade. I will likely make some myself, but as teachers there's so much that we make ourselves. It would be so helpful to find this kind of resource on your awesome web site.

I have been looking for something like this and was so thrilled to find this resource. I would love more. I'm ordering the books through thriftbooks and getting the bags ready to use for this fall.

These bags are wnderful. I do my own so this is very helpful. Is there anyway to send post a pdf bibliography of all the books used in these bags and also a materials list? It would be so much easier to gather the materials and put together the bags. I also include a journal in my bags so the families can add a picture of them doing the activity or reading together and they can write a blurp about it!

I love this idea! Do you have plans for extending it to 3-4 or even 5th grade?? Thanks!

I am a new daycare provider and I'm always looking for more and different ways to educate the younger kids. Do you have any more of these wonderful bag ideas for Preschool level children?

These literacy bags are a great resource; however, they are not easy to find. Could you set up a link on the homepage or include links under topics on the homepage?

To call yourself a Librarian and say that books are not needed in Spanish is not only insulting to those of use who honor biligualism but also ignorant. Librarian has obviously not seen the benefits of biligual education when done correctly. At my school, the students who are in the dual language program outperform those who are in our English only program. It's unfortunate that your experience was negative but don't undervalue something you clearly don't understand.

Looks like a great product! Do you have anything for children who are blind or visually impaired? They always seem to be left out.

Absolutely LOVE the literacy bags! Thank you for all the hard work with such wonderful themes and hands on activities. I am planning to use these for extended summer reading packets which the kids can come and trade out during the summer. I have a large group of ELL students. I'm planning to add a DVD/audio/video recording of each of the books to model target reading skills and oral reading fluency for our students and parents. If you already have audio/visual ideas and/or samples I would love to see them posted to Reading Rockets!

Please make more Pre-K level packs! I love the one that you have and would love, love, love to have more options to put in my take-home literacy packs.

The Adventure Packs are great, but I would love to see sets for middle schoolers!

You could do audio versions for those with reading difficulties like dyslexia so they get age appropriate content, expose them to age appropriate vocabulary

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