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Fun with Emojis: An “Emotional” Fluency Activity

Whether it’s a simple winky face or an encouraging thumbs up, emojis can bring a bit of fun to everyday communication. But did you know that you can use emojis to improve your child’s reading, too? It’s true! Here’s how.

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Preparing Your “Fun with Emojis” Activity

  1. Download the “Fun with Emojis” Activity and print either the color or black and white emoji cards.
  2. Cut out the emoji cards, place them in a hat or basket, and shake them up.
  3. Print the practice sheets that most accurately represent your students’ reading levels.
  4. Cut out the sentences and place them in another hat or basket.
sentences and emojis in fun with emojis activity

Playing “Fun with Emojis”

It’s time to have some “emotional” fun! Have your child choose an emoji card and a practice sentence.

boy selects a sentence in fun with emojis activity

Encourage your child to read his sentence with expression, using the emotion displayed on the emoji card.

boy makes sad face in fun with emojis activity

Continue choosing emojis and sentences, giving your child plenty of practice reading with expression. If needed, consult the Emoji Key on page 2 for help with identifying the emotion represented by the emoji cards.

Check out how much fun our activity testers had reading with expression in the video below!

More Ways to Play

Get really emotional! Turn up the fun a notch by having your child choose one sentence and four or five emoji cards. Then have him read the sentence multiple times, with a different emotion each time.

boy makes scared face in fun with emojis activity

Can the other players guess which emotions are being expressed? Give it a try!

two boys play with fun with emojis activity

Here’s another idea: act it out! After your child chooses a sentence and an emoji, have him read and act out his sentence … with expression, of course!

Are you an All About Reading user? Here’s a bonus idea for you: laminate your emojis and store them in an envelope. Then whenever fluency practice needs a bit of spicing up, just pull them out and emote! Fluency practice and fun at the same time? That’s what I call a win-win!

What’s your favorite way to make fluency practice fun? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by: Christine Zell

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Suzanne

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I love this!

Robin

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Suzanne! I hope you have lots of fun with it.

Natalie

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All About Reading has a lot of fun activities, but All About Spelling is more structured. It’s nice that I can tailor spelling to my child especially with the activity sheets that are emailed to me periodically. It is nice to change up the typical once in a while.

Robin

says: Customer Service

I’m pleased to hear the activities that go out in emails are helpful for you, Natalie! Thank you.

Analee

says:

How fun! Thanks for the ideas.

Brandy Singletary

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These are so much fun!!!! Thanks for making teaching & learning so easy!

Kandi Spencer

says:

My daughter would love this activity.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Kandi!

Katie GINDIN

says:

So clever!

Lesley Mayson

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I can imagine switching it to up to some poop expression emojis will really encourage some reluctant readers with some humor 😂😂

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I know not everyone is okay with such humor, Lesley, but I have known a few students that would think it is hilarious!

Kristal

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My children love to send emoji’s to their dad via text message when he’s on lunch break.

Barb

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My students have really enjoyed using the fluency emojis. I truly appreciate all of the free printable materials and the superb, on target advice I read each time I visit your blog.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Barb. It’s so great to hear that the printables, like this one, are appreciated and enjoyed!

DeAnna Tabor

says:

My kids love emojis! They will enjoy this as a fun way to learn.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your kids have a lot of fun practicing reading with expression with this activity, DeAnna!

DeAnna Tabor

says:

Looks fun! Will definitely have to try with my kids!

Jennifer

says:

How cute!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Jennifer!

Karen Doman

says:

How fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you have lots of fun with this activity, Karen!

Kate Cole

says:

This looks super fun!

Niki C

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What a fun idea!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Niki! I hope you have a lot of enjoyment with it!

Laura

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My daughter loves reading words while picking different emotions to use!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know your daughter enjoys this activity, Laura!

brenda cotton

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looks like lots of fun

Angela Nicole Friday

says:

Oh I love this. This is an updated version of a station I used years ago. I can’t wait to use it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you have a lot of fun with it, Angela!

Traci Beach

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This is a fantastic and fun idea!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Traci!

Melissa Vasquez

says:

I want to incorporate the emoji’s in my small groups! Students will enjoy this.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your students have lots of fun with this activity, Melissa!

Mary Kroll

says:

Oh my goodness! I teach STEAM but I am thinking how I can use these. Loving :) Awesome Job

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’d love to hear how you use this activity with more STEAM-related subjects, Mary!

Mary branch

says:

This is such a cute idea!

Kristal B.

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This is so cute and will encourage students to want to read!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Kristal!

Jenn V.

says:

How fun! I can’t wait to try this with my students! Thank you for sharing this.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Jenn!

Linda Turner

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Love the idea of using emojis

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you have a lot of fun with this activity, Linda!

Teresa Marie Barton

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Love this!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Teresa!

Barbara Carroll

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This looks like fun! I can hardly wait to use it with my kids!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your kids have lots of fun with it, Barbara!

Debra LaRoy Jackson

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I love this activity!!!!! I can not wait to try it. Thanks for the idea!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Debra! I hope you have lots of fun with it too!

isabel Moore

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This will be so exciting and fun to help my dyslexia students become fluent readers. Love the idea!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Isabel! We have found this is a great activity that students of a wide range of ages enjoy.

Donna

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Well I think I just found a new way. The good thing about this is that it can be used with any age as Emojis are ageless. Can’t wait to mix it in!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love this activity specifically for that reason, Donna! This activity is useful even with “cool” teens that won’t do many things because they think it’s too young.