Emily Lima

Pre-Reading Strategy


Example: On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Rivet is a variation of the childhood game “HangMan.” This game introduces vocabulary terms and encourages better spelling.

Steps to Rivet:

Choose 6 to 8 important words from the reading selection.

We are reading On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I chose the following words from Chapter 1:


Draw lines for each letter in the first word. Have students follow along with their own personal white board. For example, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

I draw the lines on the board and the class begins to guess the different vocabulary words.

Fill in the letters to the word one at a time. Encourage students to guess the word at any point. For example,
v o l _ _ _ _ _ _.

Class fills in letters and guesses words.

When someone guesses the correct word, have that student help spell it and write the remaining letters on the board. Such as, v o l u n t a r y.

Student guesses the word “falconry.” I have them come up to the board to finish filling in the word.

Repeat the above steps for each of the vocabulary words.

Class plays game until they have guessed all the vocabulary words.

Note: A variation of this game adds features of the "Wheel of Fortune" television show. Here, the class is divided into teams, each taking turns calling out a letter. The teacher fills in all of the blanks corresponding to this letter. Each team suggests letters until one team can identify the vocabulary word.

(Activity adapted from http://www.justreadnow.com/strategies/rivet.htm)