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It’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week!


National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2017

How did that sneak up so quickly? Last year, we put together a blog post with ideas for activities to celebrate Literacy, and it was super popular! In fact, it was one of our most visited and shared posts of the year, so we thought the time was right to share it again: www.softlinkint.com/blog/article/10-national-literacy-and-numeracy-week-ideas-for-school-libraries

And here are a few more ideas we’ve collected from around the web.

Digital literacy

Once again this year, digital literacy is included as one of the foundation skills for the workforce in the 21st Century. If you’d like some inspiration for activities with a digital literacy focus, start here: https://www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au/digital-literacy-activities

Digital Literacy ideas

Other activity ideas

Recipes are a great way to combine both literacy and numeracy skills, and create something delicious in the process. Students could bring a favourite recipe to school and copy it out in their own handwriting to present to a favourite person as a delightful gift and keepsake.


If you’re short on time, why not try nursery-rhyme charades? It’s a fun activity that gives whole-body expression to familiar stories, demonstrating that literacy is part of what connects us culturally. Giggles guaranteed! Find this and other drama activities for the classroom here http://www.childdrama.com/lessons.html (credit: Matt Buchanan. Childdrama.com)

Drama activities for the classroom

And for educators themselves, here are some literacy-themed talks:

Why we should all be reading aloud to children - Rebecca Bellingham -TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet https://youtu.be/ZBuT2wdYtpM

Literacy is the Answer - John Trischitti – TEDxACU https://youtu.be/z-h-BhcV7DM

Can A Children’s Book Change the World? - Linda Sue Park - TEDxBeaconStreet https://youtu.be/40xz0afCjnM

How to design a library that makes kids want to read – Michael Bierut - TED Talks https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_bierut_how_to_design_a_library_that_makes_kids_want_to_read?utm_campaign=tedspread-b&utm_content=talk&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_term=education

Literacy themed TED talks


Look at the National Literacy and Numeracy website to find out what’s going on in your area https://www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au

And don’t forget the following important dates this week:

Wednesday 6 September: Indigenous Literacy Day, Indigenous Literacy Foundation https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/indigenous-literacy-day 

Friday 8 September: International Literacy Day, World Literacy Foundation https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/international-literacy-day/

Looking for more great ideas to use in your school library to help engage students and promote reading?