You are here

More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction

More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction

April 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin

"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you."
—Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School

Boost literacy achievement with these practical, brain-compatible strategies!

Activating prior knowledge, differentiating instruction, and creating interactive opportunities—these are key practices that optimize learning, according to brain research. This essential guide translates cutting-edge research into ready-to-use tactics to promote literacy development in your classroom.

Internationally recognized educator Kathy Perez offers a definitive collection of more than 100 field-tested strategies that can be implemented easily and immediately for maximum results at any grade level. The activities and tools provide strong building blocks for creating a dynamic, brain-friendly environment where teachers and students thrive. The book offers a flexible framework, step-by-step guidance, and key features such as:

  • Approaches to motivate students with hands-on learning
  • Specific techniques for differentiation and utilizing multiple intelligences
  • Tactics to strengthen reading comprehension and the meaning-making process
  • Pre-reading strategies, standards-based activities, planning templates, reproducibles, and other resources to boost student achievement

More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy empowers teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists with proven tools to cultivate active learning.

About the Author
1. Brain-Based Literacy Learning - Pieces of the Puzzle
The Research Connection

Reading Comprehension and the Brain

Personal Connections

Reflect to Connect

Slow Down to Go Faster

Different Ways of Knowing - Different Ways of Showing

2. Activate to Educate!
Why Activate?

Prereading Strategies

Anticipation Guide/Prediction Guide

People Bingo


Graphic Organizers


Preview Puzzles

Sticky-Note Discussion/Graffiti Board

Story Impressions

Word Splash


Learning Lineup

Voting With Your Feet

Preview Pairs

Sort and Report

Postcard Connections

3. What Does a Brain-Compatible Classroom Look Like?
Tips for Developing a Brain-Compatible Classroom

Content and Process ("Gum" and "Chew")

State Changes

Management Tips

Grouping and Floor Plans

Learning Centers

Sample Centers

Creating Independent Learners

Strategies for Flexible Grouping

Managing for Grouping Accountability

Planning for Grouping


Carousel Cruising

Walk and Talk Tour

Newscast Reporting

Clock Buddies

Grouping "Roundup"

4. Literacy is NOT a Spectator Sport!
Note Taking/ Note Making

Summary Strategies

Picture This: Stretch to Sketch

Rhyme Time



Questioning Strategies






5. Differentiate to Motivate!
Essential Elements of Differentiation

What Is This Thing Called Differentiation?

Pieces of the Puzzle

Managing Your Differentiated Classroom

Ten Things to Try Next Week (To Encourage Independence and Differentiate Instruction)

Lesson Planning for Action

Professor of the Week

"Professor for the Week"

Active Participation Strategies

Give One/ Get One

Save the Last Word for Me!


6. Into, Through, and Beyond Boosters
Developing an Instructional Framework

"Into" Strategies

"Through" Strategies

Coding Strategy

"Beyond" Strategies

Flip Book

"Two Facts and a Fib"

Question Fan

Celebrate a Book

Fishbone Strategy

Question "Connections"



"This is a fabulous book! Hundreds of activities that can be implemented at no cost. Buy it, use it, and allow the genius of Kathy Perez to rub off on you."

Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School

"This is a helpful, user-friendly book of easy-to-implement reading strategies. The coverage and length are appropriate for the busy classroom teacher."

Mary Amato, Literacy Coach
Bell Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“The book is well-organized and covers important components for reading. This is a major contribution to the recent literature on reading and brain-based teaching.”

Marilee Sprenger, Educational Consultant
Author, Becoming a “Wiz” at Brain-Based Teaching

"This book belongs on the desk of every teacher who wants to engage and excite students in brain based learning. Kathy Perez is the ultimate cheerleader for teachers and she gives teachers over 100 easy to use tools to help students succeed.”

Lori Oczkus, National Literacy Consultant and Author

"What a great resource! Clear, concise, and current, Perez's book makes effective literacy instruction a reality for teachers everywhere."

Rick Morris, Educator
Creator of "New Management"

"These strategies will provide teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists not only with theory but proven tools that work, making for an important classroom pick."

The Bookwatch, July 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Offers teachers practical strategies for use in the inclusive classroom to reach all learners and boost literacy achievement
  • Shows teachers how to design and implement effective literacy lessons
  • Demonstrates how to use brain-based research to maximize learning, support students' unique learning styles, and meet learners' cognitive and emotional needs and development
  • High-effect strategies help teachers respond to challenges of increasing literacy for struggling students and teaching in an inclusive class
  • Helps make teaching more rewarding and beneficial for all students

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

For instructors

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9781412926928

ISBN: 9781412926935