GENRE ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS

Introducing your students to different genres and encouraging them to read a variety of books will strengthen their reading, vocabulary and writing skills. This resource includes genre posters, printables, games, bookmarks, and more! It will make your job easier!


This blog post will...

  • identify the problems this resource solves
  • suggest how it can help you and your students
  • explain why you will love it and how to use it
  • offer testimonials from elementary teachers like you
  • share what's included in this resource



Are you looking for a fun and easy way to teach your students about genre? If so, this is the resource for you!


  • This resource will expose your students to many different genres.
  • All students will be able to access the content through the differentiated resources.
  • It will increase student engagement.
  • It will strengthen their reading and writing skills.
  • Reluctant readers may find the genre that pulls them into the world of reading.


  • This resource will engage your learners by offering a variety of formats for students to learn through (posters, games, activities, written responses, etc.).
  • It will meet your students' learning needs through differentiation.
  • It will strengthen their reading skills without them even realizing it!



  • It will make your job easier because there is little to no prep. Some resources may require quick and simple cutting, while most are print and go. Many of the pages are even reusable and can be used over and over with different books.
  • Your reluctant readers could find the genre that pulls them into the world of reading.
  • This product has a comprehensive bundle of resources that will enable you to teach genre effectively.




Check out these testimonials from teachers who've used it in their classrooms...


CLUTTER-FREE CLASSROOM HAS DONE IT AGAIN!  You KNOW how much I love you and all your products.  This one is just another example of how fabulous you really are.  EVERY year I end the year realizing that I should have done more with genre study... well now I will finally do it well!  Because of you!  THANK YOU!!!
- Elyse Jahnke

I love all of your resources, but I'm especially excited to use this to help my kiddos understand what they're reading and what suits them best.  I love the variety in the activities, so there's several options for teaching!
- Stephanie L.

We had such a great time learning about Genres this week! Thank you so much for that! :) Thank you for the DETAILS you put into your work! I am THRILLED every time I open up a download from you....makes me so excited to be teaching.
- Exploring Elementary

Can't wait to use this!  I love the simplicity and accuracy of the definitions of the genres and the abundance of games/center ideas--and, of course, the endearing artwork!  You saved me hours of planning and searching the web.  Thank you! 
- Lynne O.

This is a great time saver for me and provides all the elements that students will need to be accountable for on state standards assessments. The student-friendly language is what really appealed to me as well as the wonderful graphics. Thanks so much for your wonderful resource!
- Linda M S.

You can read more great feedback from teachers just like you here!




  • GENRE POSTERS: Sixteen 8.5 x 11 inch charts featuring a the name of the genre, a description and images to provide a visual cue using Melonheadz clipart
  • TALLY CHARTS: Three tally chart options (blank, color and ink-saving black and white). After reading a book, record the book’s genre using tallies in the appropriate box. These can be used individually by students or displayed in the classroom and used to track your read aloud books.
  • GENRE BINGO: Students cross off a box after reading a book from that genre. The goal is to get 5 boxes in a row, column or diagonally across. This was designed to help encourage your readers to branch out in their selections. This printable comes in three varieties (blank, color and ink-saving black and white).
  • READER RESPONSE SHEETS: There are 2 differentiated response sheets for each of the sixteen genres featured in this resource. Each asks the students to identify the genre of a book they have read and support their thinking with details from the text. 
  • GO FISH OR MEMORY MATCH: The first set of cards can be used in several ways. Some teachers like to print the 2 whole pages and include them as a reference in the students’ notebooks or folders. Print two copies and cut apart to play a matching game or print 4 copies of each and use the cards to play “Go Fish.” There are also sets of cards included that include just the name of the genre on one and the description of the genre on the other for a more advanced version of those two games.
  • SELF-CORRECTING MATCH CARDS: Print all the pages and cut the cards out on the dotted line. Use scissors to cut the name of the genre apart from the description of the genre. By cutting in distinct patterns instead of straight, the students will know if their answer is correct if the 2 pieces fit together.
  • GENRE BOOKMARKS: Printable 2-sided bookmarks. Each page contains two bookmarks. Cut the page down the middle and fold each piece in half. Laminate for durability if desired. These make a great reference tool.
  • GENRE MATCH: Use the cards to play Memory/Concentration by matching the genre card to the correct definition card. This also makes an excellent pocket chart activity center.
  • NAME THAT GENRE: Use the colored genre cards as categories. Have the students sort the description cards into the correct category. To make the activity self-correcting you could write the card numbers on the back of the category cards.
  • THE GENRE SORT: Print all pieces and cut on the dotted lines. The names of the genres are used as headers. Have the students place the story description cards with it’s correct genre. As an alternative, many teachers like to use actual books and have the students sort them based on their descriptions.
  • GENRE CHALLENGE: This sheet encourages students to read books from a variety of genres.
  • FICTION vs NONFICTION: These may be used in 2 different ways. The first is to print a copy for each student and fold the page in half so one side reads fiction and the other reads non-fiction. The teacher then either describes a book or reads parts from a book and the students hold up the card to show if it is fiction or nonfiction. The other option is to use them as headers and have the students sort actual books into the two categories.