Key Words to Practice
We will be exploring "word work" during our literacy block to increase student awareness of these "high frequency" or "sight" words in their daily reading and writing. Children should read these with ease when they see them in books. Please practice these words with your child.Ideas for practice and reinforcement can be found below the grid.
Here are some FUN activities to play together to help your child learn these new sight words.
- Using blank index cards you can play go fish and memory. Write each word two times on the blank index card and have fun playing.
- Mix-up Fix-up. Take one word and write it on a blank index card. For example the. Then with scissor cut out each individual letter t h e.Then mix up the letter h e t and have your child unscramble the letters to form the correct word the.
- Practice writing the words on different mediums then reading them (white boards, black boards, sidewalk chalk, bath crayons, typing them out)
- Use them to take turns during a game (read this word then you can roll the dice for Monopoly, Trouble, etc.)
- Play “Hangman” using the words
- Make your own bingo boards with these words
- Challenge them to read the list using a stop watch (once a list is mastered) and keep track of their reading time scores to beat
- Practice reading the words then thinking of sentences that use the word (the goofier the better!)
- "Imaginary Chalkboard" Students pretend that they are writing on a large chalkboard. As they say each letter, they "write" it as large as they can. After each word is spelled, students say the word as they "erase" it.
- "Blast-Off" Children start spelling the word while squatting. With each successive letter they stand higher and higher. When the word is said in its entirety, the children jump into the air.
- "Pumping Iron" Students pretend to be lifting weights, one repetition for each letter. When they have chanted all of a word's letters, they can pretend to mount the barbell on its stand and sound exhausted as they say the word.
- "Lumber Jack" Students pretend to swing an ax as they chant each letter. Then they pretend that the tree is falling down as they shout out the word, rather than "TIM-BER!"