Smartboard Literacy Activities

Smartboard Literacy Activities

Students often have trouble visualizing and comprehending the material they read. Using a Smartboard in creative ways will help teach students literacy concepts and will increase their motivation and learning. The possibilities for teaching literacy with a Smartboard are endless. A key feature of a Smartboard is that it is interactive. Involve students with your literacy activities to prevent your Smartboard from being merely a fancy chalkboard.

Picture Books

The Smartboard is a great way to display picture books. Scan a copy of a picture book from your classroom library and you no longer have to worry about all students being able to see the pictures as you read. In addition, they are now able to see the words. Also, search for interactive storybooks online. Check websites like and for resources.

Graphic Organizers

Help students visually organize the information they have read. Use the SMART Ideas software or import Inspiration files if available at your school to use interactive templates. Alternatively, use SMART Notebook software to create your own organizers. You can create a plot chart, character webs, setting charts or any other graphic organizer targeted to your learning objective. Use the different color options on the Smartboard to color code the information for visual learners. For example, on a character chart, use green for appearance, red for personality and blue for actions.

Display Student Work

When students type a literary response, you can quickly send a computer file onto the Smartboard. As a class or in small groups, student can then edit and respond to students’ work. Typed versions of student work displayed also help keep the work anonymous.

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Build Prior Knowledge

It is vital for students to have the prior knowledge necessary to read a book or other reading material. If students are not familiar with a vocabulary word, use the Smartboard to show them a picture. Create visuals for vocabulary words. These visuals can be used to introduce and later review the words.

Google Earth

Use Google Earth to bring the setting of your novels and stories to life. Try the website, which has programmed tours for a variety of books for K-12+. You could even challenge your students to create their own Google Earth trip for the book you are reading.

Interactive Websites

Search for interactive websites that match the content you are teaching. Begin by searching the SMART educator database. You can search for lessons by subject area, grade level, and curriculum standard. For interactive phonics activities visit the website by educational publisher Sadlier-Oxford. also features a wealth of interactive materials organized by grade level and curriculum standard.