Sunday, July 31, 2016

10 Ways to Help Your Students Learn Sight Words

Learning sight words is key in helping your students to become more fluent readers.  Here are 10 ways I help my students learn their high frequency words -

1.  I have a high frequency word of the day for each day of the school year.  

2.  I show the student the word of the day as I greet them at the door.  The students say the word.  Each student gets a card with the word of the day printed on it.  This is their "ticket" into the classroom.

3.  Have your students write the word in their personal writing dictionary.  This will reinforce the spelling of the word.

4.  Next, have your students put the word card on their ring of words.  They can practice their sight words with a partner until everyone has the word written in their dictionary.  I have an educational assistant or parent volunteer go through the word rings individually with the students.  If the student knows a word, they get a stamp on that word.  When they have three stamps on a word, they can take it home.  

5. I say each letter in the word and have the students repeat the letters back to me.  Next, we clap, snap, and jump as we say the letters in the word.  We also do things such as writing the word with big letters in the air, write the word in little letters on the floor, or act like a certain animal as we say the letters. Another fun thing to do is to say the letters as we play the piano, trumpet, or trombone etc.  During this time, the letter is projected onto my interactive whiteboard so the students can see the letters. This helps to imprint the word in their brains.

6. Have the students find the word in a book.  All day, whenever the students find the word of the day, they snap their fingers as they read it.  This reinforces the word without being too distracting to the other students.

7.  Show a PowerPoint of the sight words.  Have the students say the words as they flash on the screen.

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8.  Put the word on the classroom word wall.  Once the word is on the wall, students are not allowed to spell it incorrectly in their daily work.  

9.  Have the student spell the word correctly at the end of the day in order to line up or leave the classroom.  If you do not have a spelling curriculum, use the sight words of the week as your spelling list.  This is a great way to reinforce the learning of high frequency words.

10.  Keep track of the words that the students know.  Give extra help to those that need it.  You can run through the words and record the words that each child knows.  I just check the students' cards.  Those that have many cards that have not went home need the extra assistance.

You can set up your own sight word program, 

or use the same one that I use in my classroom.

Have a great school year!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

School's Out Blog Blowout!

Children need to experience nature and the outdoors.  This book tells you how.  I am looking forward to reading it.  There is a book club discussion at our local Bookworm Botanical Gardens.

From the author of the New York Times bestseller that launched the international children-and-nature movement, Vitamin N (for “nature”) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, with:
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Visit Seattle and Portland

  Make two new friends

 Walk on the beach barefoot

  Visit my daughter, and attend a conference in Orlando

  Share a large ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Your Students will Become Expert Editors!

Using this morning work, your students correct a letter every morning of the school year.  They will be excited to get to class every morning to see what the visitor has says each day.  Make mornings fun and productive with the morning message!

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's Sale time!

  TPT is having a SITEWIDE SALE on May 3rd and 4th!!! These don't happen often, so it's no 

surprise that we all get a little excited when it happens! That means 28% off on everything 

in my store, including my BIG bundles! This is a great time to save on anything on your wishlist, 

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Students will be excited to come into your classroom every morning.  They read and correct the messages written to them every day by the monthly visitors.  There is a message for every day of the school year!

Students enjoy working on the SmartBoard.  This program is perfect for your making words center.  Use it first as a whole group, then transition it into your center rotations.  There are enough lessons to do one every week of the school year.  Student sheets and an answer key are also included!

There are seven authors featured in this pack.  Students scan QR codes and listen to the stories.  It is perfect for your listen to reading center!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Free Valentine Papers!

Your Students will LOVE writing 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Back to School Tips

Hello everyone!


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It is Finally here!

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Have your students learn classroom routines and 

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