Young Gifted Readers

Jackie Galbreath, Beth Gasior, Gifted Resource Specialists

Instructional Options for Young Gifted Readers

Nonfiction and Text Structure Magazine Project

This Nonfiction and Text Structure Magazine Project can allow students the freedom to do in-depth research on a topic of personal interest.

Advanced Vocabulary and Figurative Language Studies

Mini-Independent Study

This Figurative Language Mini Independent Study can be used as an overview of figurative language for young students. It includes a video for students to watch.


Students can use this Idioms Study to learn about idioms, figurative vs. literal language and examples of idioms. There are web links and activity choices.

This Blendspace lesson has lots of examples of idioms.


The novel Punished by David Lubar is a fun read for your students and it introduces them to a variety of ways to play with words. Here is a learning contract designed to go along with the novel. Using A "PUN"ny List, students will learn that a pun is a joke that makes a play on words by using words that sound similar.


Use these two videos to introduce kids to analogies. The first video is an analogy lesson teaching students how to build analogies. The second discusses the types of analogies.

This Word Analogy Game is easy to print and use.

Mixing Up Vocabulary

Vocabulary Strategies - these strategies were shared at GT professional development sessions. A few accompanying graphic organizers are included for several of the strategies.

Figurative Language

Providing Choice and Challenge

Depth and Complexity - Nonfiction/Fiction

Consider introducing the Depth and Complexity Icons to students as they respond to literature or nonfiction reading.

Nonfiction Choice Board and Graphic Organizers

Primary Reading Response Menu - with supporting student response pages

Click on this DEPTH and COMPLEXITY link or this DEPTH AND COMPLEXITY HANDOUT for an explanation of this easy to use method of challenging student thinking in all subject areas and grade levels.

Story Remix Choice Board

Use this Story Remix Choice Board to give students choice when doing a written book project. OR change up a story that is already familiar to them.

Analogies, Word Play, Literature Projects

This book, Creative Activities for Gifted Readers is available as a free download from the internet. It might provide some literature project ideas, word play challenges, research ideas and reader's theater skits.

Read the News

Students can use Reporting the News Primary to respond to engaging news articles for kids. Websites are included in the document. Another option for students is to explore a topic then use this NON-FICTION READING RESPONSE MENU to show what they have learned.


Primary Investigations and Research choices are short, "mini research" projects that you can use to get primary (K-2) students started on independent research. They are easy to use with students who want to study a topic of interest, finish work early, or as a learning center. There is a free choice page if students would like to create their own questions and design their own project. Design Your Own Investigation

Extended Independent Projects of Choice

Gifted students need time to engage in inquiry based reading and authentic research. They can benefit from expanded time frames for topics of study and investigating interests in depth. Students can compact out of material that they already know or master on a pretest. This Primary Independent Study Packet can be used to guide students through long term, inquiry based independent study projects.

Computer/Learning Center

Into the Book is an interactive reading opportunity that teaches comprehension skills. Here is an accompanying student response sheet that could be sued for a computer learning center or independent computer work.

Asking and Responding to Higher Level Questions

Utilize thinking and questioning models such as depth and complexity icons, Bloom's Taxonomy and Debono's thinking hats.

Connect to Reading Game - book discussion game based on the connect 4 game

Primary Reading Response Menu - with supporting student response pages

Read and Roll Discussion Game - student generated discussions about key ideas and details.

Depth and Complexity Bookmarks - questions to use with any text

Debono's Thinking Hats can help guide younger students in thinking about a topic.

Debono's Website - for more information

Universal Questions - for literature studies

Say Something Chart - teaches students to say something about the text they are reading

Guided Genre Studies

Students can compare and contrast various genres and create their own works within a particular genre

Literacy Through the Genres has some nice ideas for genre studies.

Genre Study Book list - from Read Write Think


It is never too early to introduce gifted readers to literary terminology. ODE has produced this Glossary of Literary Terms.

Here is a book list for verbally gifted readers - lots of good suggestions.

Critical Reading Guidance with Advanced Texts

Integrate Technology

Online Reading Opportunities

This Reading Website document lists various websites that can be used to integrate technology with reading. It can also be shared with parents.

Into the Book is an interactive reading opportunity that teaches comprehension skills. This has been shared in previous newsletters. Here is an accompanying student response sheet.

Storyline - this site is for young students.

Library Card Required for Access (for young students)

Tumble Book - read picture books, chapter books and watch videos on a wealth of topics.

Book Flix - read online, students can turn off sound or have books read to them.

Book Selection

New Ways to Teach Story Elements

Interactive Story Element - this Annenberg Learner interactive uses the story of Cinderella to teach story elements.

Pixar's Shorts are a fun and effective way to introduce and practice important reading strategies.

List of Shorts- here is a list of YouTube links matched to specific reading strategies.
Shorts Graphic Organizer Packet -list of graphic organizers to use with each short.

Cube Creator - Here is an attention getting way for students to share biographies, mysteries, and other fiction stories. Click and add content to each side of the cube. Students' work can be printed and folded to create a real cube.