Reading Activities (Downloadable Materials) for Catch-Up Fridays (DEAR) – The Department of Education (DepEd) remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering quality, relevant, inclusive, and responsive basic education. This commitment is further strengthened by the present administration’s Eight-Point Socioeconomic Agenda and the MATATAG Education Agenda to produce competent, job-ready, active, and responsible citizens, equipped with essential competencies and skills for lifelong learning.
DepEd introduces Catch-up Fridays, incorporating the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day initiative. Starting January 12, 2024, learners are encouraged to engage in independent silent reading to enhance foundational, social, and relevant skills aligned with the National Learning Recovery Program.
Catch-up Fridays is designed to strengthen the foundational, social, and other relevant skills necessary to actualize the intent of the basic education curriculum by focusing on the development of learner’s reading, critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills.
Suggested Strategies for Reading
Pre-Reading Activities (30 Minutes)
Activate learners’ prior knowledge to spark their interest and motivate them to read. This first part of the session is for goal setting as the learners prepare for the reading process which shall help in improving comprehension and retention of the text.
Suggested Activities – Singing songs or chants related to the story or poem to be used in the actual reading, predicting the text, playing games, using flash cards to highlight words or syllables, segmenting onset, and times, picture-word association, word classification game, repeating after me, picture reading, taking pictures, listening to an audio recording, or watching a video about the story or poem. Before actual reading, the teacher chooses an appropriate excerpt from the chosen storybook or poem and then raises motivational questions to elicit responses.
During Reading Activities (120 Minutes)
Develop learners’ various reading skills to improve their vocabulary, learn new words and expressions, and enhance their creativity and imagination. During this part, both the teacher and learners engage in meaningful and
active use of the language.
Note: The teacher uses appropriate and targeted activities that vary according to the learner’s reading ability and capacity. In addition, activities must vary to avoid monotony.
Suggested Activities – Specific activities may include role play as learners visualize scenes, characters, and situations; previewing the text; predicting what shall happen next; identifying the main idea and supporting details; making connections, and asking questions. These activities may be alternately combined with games such as sounding out words, picture association, reading aloud, talking pictures, choral reading, readers’ theatre, chamber theatre; take turns story reading, extending the story, and independent reading.
Post-Reading Activities (30 Minutes)
Provide the learners the chance to reflect. Develop a deeper understanding of the text, and promote the use of
language or newly learned words creatively.
Suggested Activities – Solving puzzles, molding clay to recreate characters or scenes from the text, crafting artworks, writing a diary or journal, identifying the favorite part of the story, discussions, think-pair/ group-share
Downloadable Reading Activities for Catch-up Fridays (Reading Materials)
Here are the free reading materials for Catch-up Fridays (DEAR) or Drop Everything And Read. These files are downloadable as pdf and are suitable for Elementary (Kinder and Grades 1-6) and Secondary.
|Filipino Reading Materials (Stories)
|English Reading Materials (Stories)
|More Reading Materials
|More Reading Worksheets
To know more about the implementation of the Catch-up Fridays Drop Everything And Read (DEAR), kindly read: DepEd Memorandum No. 001 Series of 2024
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