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Brief Description

Students practice reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary as they play a game of Book BINGO.


Students will

  • play a game of Book BINGO.
  • practice reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary.


reading, vocabulary, book, BINGO

Materials Needed

  • sheets of 9" x 12" newsprint -- one piece per student; or
  • student or teacher access to the BINGO card on the Education World Teacher Templates page.
  • chalkboard or projector

Lesson Plan

Brainstorm 25 to 30 words that deal with books or reading and write those words on the chalkboard. Provide each student with a piece of 9" x 12" newsprint. Have students fold the paper into nine squares, and write nine of the words from the chalkboard -- one word in each square -- on their paper. Provide stickers or candy corn to use as markers. Randomly call out words from the chalkboard. When a student fills in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row, he or she should call out "BOOKS!" You might award a bookmark -- or a paperback book -- to the winner(s).

For older students, you might want to brainstorm 40-50 words and use the editable BINGO card on the Education World Teacher Templates page. Students can work with that BINGO card either online or in print format. When playing with older or more capable students, you also might read the definition of each word rather than the words themselves.


Assess students based on their participation in the game.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Jean Haegen, Mattawan Elementary, Mattawan, Michigan
From 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers from the BOOKIT! program; used with permission

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

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