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Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

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Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Jennifer Prior, Ph.D.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Maureen Gerard

Maureen Gerard

Phoenix, Arizona


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Bingo chips

  • Cardboard

  • Glue or tape

  • A laminating machine (optional)

  • Environmental print materials

  • Transparencies and a projector

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Bingo Card Template

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1. Before teaching this lesson, you will want your students to be familiar with reading environmental print. For that reason, you may want to teach “I Know That Word! Teaching Reading With Environmental Print” and “Stop Signs, McDonald’s, and Cheerios: Writing With Environmental Print”. At the very least, you will want to teach the first session from either of these lessons (it is the same for both). To do this, you will need to complete Steps 2 and 3 (see below).

2. If you have taught either of the lessons listed in Step 1, you have a collection of images you can use for this lesson. If not, you will be using examples of signs, labels, and logos with your students and should have a collection available for them to make Bingo cards. These can come from product packaging (e.g., cereal boxes, soda cans), fast food containers, store bags, or magazines. Some of these images should come specifically from your immediate community (e.g., the sign in front of your school or street signs from main streets in town). You might consider taking photos of local signs with a digital camera or scanning in pictures that you cut out of local magazines or brochures. You will want to resize these images so that they fit into a square on the Bingo Card Template. You can do this by scanning the images and then using software or a photocopier to resize them. You want between 18 and 27 images.

3. You can also use the Internet to capture images of signs, logos, and product labels as follows:

a. Go to Google Image Search and type in the name of a sign, company, or product you would like to use (for example, type in the words stop sign).

b. On the page that opens with images, click on the image that is simplest and will copy most clearly; then click on the link that says See full-size image.

c. When this image opens, right-click on the image. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on the word Copy.

d. Using Microsoft Word or another word-processing program, open a blank document and paste the image in. You will want to resize the image so that it can fit into a square on the Bingo Card Template.

4. Print two copies of each image you have collected and resized. Cut out one copy of each and paste them onto cardboard – you will use these to show students the logos in Session 1 and to play Bingo. Make multiple copies of the rest for students to use when making their Bingo cards.

5. Type and print out each sign or logo word in an enlarged standard font. Be sure to type just as the word is written. For example, OREO would be typed as it appears on the label using all uppercase letters. Play-Doh would be typed in both uppercase and lowercase letters. Cut these words out and mount them on cardboard. These words will be used to play Bingo with students in Session 2.

6. Print a blank version of the Bingo Card Template for each student in your class.

7. Create your own Bingo card using the logos from Step 4. Make a transparency of the card.

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