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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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Carol Orr

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This is such a cute fun idea. I’m looking for anything to stimulate our grandson. We want to keep him going forward.

Robin E.

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I’m glad you like this, Carol!

Stephanie Gordon

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This is SO cute!!! I love this idea!!! My kids are gonna love this!

Penny B

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I have an Jr Hi student that struggles with fluent reading. I can use this game with multiple reading levels. Each student has their own bowl of sentences & emojis – so no one knows I have customized the sentences for each student. I use sentences on & just above my struggling reader’s level, but I also add sentences with some “50 cent” words (isthmus, colonel, choir) for my excellent readers. They all think they are just learning how to read with inflection & expression – but they are ALL working on improving their fluency as well. I love seeing my struggling reader’s (surprised & relieved) face when he sees “better” students trip on a tough word. It normalizes his struggles and improves his confidence!

Merry

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That’s awesome, Penny! I love how you are customizing for each of your students and helping your struggling reader improve his confidence too. Terrific ideas!

Grammy

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Thank you for sharing your fabulous idea!
I’m a retired reading teacher and volunteer at our local school.
This activity will help curb the boredom for my littles!!!!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome! This activity has proven to be a hit with all kinds of ages, from littles to even high schoolers that need some reading with expression practice.

ABIGAIL W

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I tend to be skeptical when I see computer-based strategies, particularly those that employ the Internet (or elements of it), but this strikes me as a great opportunity for visual learners, social learners, kinesthetic learners, and aural learners. Perhaps it can be used as a starter exercise for older students who are learning various analytical reading strategies, as well as those who need to work on tone, word choice, and sensitivity to one’s audience in their writing. Quite a few of my remedial college composition students could have benefitted from this activity before tackling more complex writing skills. Thank you for sharing!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Abigail. And thank you for your analysis of this activity.

Jeanie

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I can’t wait to use it. I have a struggling reader that I tutor and he will really like this! Thank you!

Fiona

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Seriously great idea. Students have no “naff factor” when exploring using emojis, to support practise of various skills.

Nicole Saltsman

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one of the best games yet to help my kids and students with fluency. Each one at various levels really enjoys using the emojis when reading. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Nicole! I especially like that you are able to use these with each of your students at varying levels of reading.

Tiffany R

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This concept is so cool. Your child is building upon their communication skills and reading. How great is that.

Robin E.

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I know, Tiffany! I especially love when we can find a way for students to work on two or more skills at once AND have fun doing it.

Arielle

says:

So cute! My daughter will love this.

Katie V

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What a great idea! I am going to try this with my kiddos.

Sara

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Wow! I’m working on emotions with my daughter and this will be a great resource! thanks!

Francesca Peeples

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A great game for reluctant reader who loves emojis.

Sara

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My girls love emojis and often draw their own emojis I think they’re going to love this activity! Thanks so much for the ideas.

Renae B.

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Thank you for this additional kid-attractive activity to promote better reading skills.

Kelly M

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Thank you for this and the other freebies you offer! My son enjoyed the variety this activity added to our AAR routine!

Kara

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This was a fabulous resource! We had so much fun playing the game!

DoRena

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Thank you for this resource! This was a lot of fun, not only for my students, it I enjoyed it too. :)

Robin E.

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DoRena,
Thank you for letting us know that you and your students enjoyed this activity! It’s always great to know when something is a hit. 😊

RACHEL

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What a fun way to learn!

Victoria

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Looks like a ‘fun’ learning game that my DD would love to do to promote her reading fluency.
Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Victoria! I hope you and your daughter have a lot of “fun” with this. 😊

Bbb

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This is such a nice and innovative idea! Thank you :)

Melanie

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My son is just getting into Emojis, so this will be great. Thank you.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Melanie. I hope you have a lot of fun practicing reading with this.

Janet K

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I love this idea! Excellent way to talk about emotions also.

Monique Noble

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Very cool!

Kirsten

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Great idea!

Sherry

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This will be a big hit with both my fluent reader and my struggling reader! I have 2 drama queens so this is right up their alley! Thanks for all the neat ideas to keep things interesting in our homeschool!!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Sherry! Have fun with the drama. 😊

Catherine Olson

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I love reading activities that are low ability high interest for my older elementary students. This is great.

Kim Allmon

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Thanks for the article…my almost 3 year old grandson loves texting “pops” using emojis. They’re just silly to him, but I can see how it might help him learn later.

Joseph Meyer

says:

Awesome

Cheryl Gilmartin

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Great for the Kids

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