Early Learning Digest

8 Classroom Activities for International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day, a global celebration of literacy and its importance to individuals, communities and societies, is this week (Sept. 8). While celebrations take place all around the world, we have decided to celebrate it right here on our blog by sharing literacy activities for the classroom.

Of course, as an education technology nonprofit that has worked on early reading and language arts curriculum for a long time, this is a topic close to our hearts. But we’re not alone in recognizing its importance. For starters, UNESCO says, “Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.” Not only that, but Edutopia also defines literacy as “an every-century skill” that will allow students to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and more. It’s no wonder we have an entire day dedicated to literacy!

With this said, here are 8 classroom activities for International Literacy Day:

  • Use one of the Waterford Early Learning songs, books or activities — like the one below — from Waterford’s YouTube page.
  • Have early learners create their own short story books and give them to an older student to read with.
  • Schedule a skype session or Google Hangout with an author.
  • Share the story of NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren and how reading paved his path to space. You can find his story here.
  • Practice spelling with young learners by using cooked noodles to spell words. Here’s a wonderful example of this.
  • Discuss and brainstorm 100 reasons why learning to read, write, and speak is important.
  • Practice phonemes with this Sorting Baskets Phonics Activity.
  • Play this Beach Ball Sight Word Activity.


Don’t forget to follow hashtags #InternationalLiteracyDay and #ILD14 on Twitter and Facebook for further literacy ideas and updates from around the world! How will you be celebrating International Literacy Day this year?

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