Browsing Boxes for Non-Readers

You know the feeling…you’re stocking browsing boxes for the start of the school year, putting in easy level A and B books for your emergent readers.   But you have one or two (or six) kiddos who aren’t reading yet….still not passing that pre-A…maybe with a serious lack of language skills in general.

So…what in the world goes in their box?  They need more practice and instruction time than your average kiddos, but it’s hard to find things they can do independently.header

Well, I have a few suggestions that have been working to give my most struggling readers something they can work on independently.

Wordless readers are a wonderful option if your kiddos have enough language skills to tell the story.


I also like to make books with my kiddos what have very simple patterns and photos of the students or their favorite things.  This is a great option for intervention, but isn’t as practical in the classroom.  You can read more about how I make books with my students here.


You can even model how to tell a story or describe a simple object from a single picture and place simple pictures in your kiddos browsing boxes.

RATK Getting Ready to Write

But what about the kiddos who don’t have strong language skills?  Who won’t tell a story on their own? spiderman-letter-formation-cards

I have found good success using simple letter cards in my student’s browsing boxes.  I put ONLY the letters they know on a ring and teach them to say the letter, trace the letter using the marked starting point and then say the letter again.  This helps them to not only gain fluency naming letters but also helps with fluency in letter formation.


You can use any letter cards, but I love to use cards with my kiddos favorte characters to keep them even more engaged.


You can see the different versions I have created in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Another favorite for non-reader browsing boxes are these 1:1 matching cards.




As simple as can be, the student simply points to each object while naming it.

You can find these one to one matching cards here.


What else are you putting in browsing boxes for your struggling readers?


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2 Responses to Browsing Boxes for Non-Readers

  1. Dayna says:

    what are browsing boxes ? never heard of this before ?


    • Elisabeth says:

      Hi, Dayna!

      As part of our literacy framework, each student has a box of books that are at an easy level for them. These are typically books that we have read in guided reading but at the beginning of the year I stock them with books one or two levels below the students’ current instructional reading level. Browsing boxes are most commonly used in the primary grades when students aren’t able to simply pick books off the shelf to read independently.


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