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Monday Motivation: Sight Word Scratch!
It’s that time of year again… We’ve got just a few short weeks left with our kiddos.
Let’s be honest though, we’re all tired. More like exhausted. Summer can’t come soon enough! BUT, everything worth starting deserves a strong finish, right?
Well, the other day I was thinking about how far my kiddos have come in reading. From the time I joined them in October until now I’ve witnessed astounding growth. But, I know some of my struggling kiddos are still behind in many basic reading pre-reqs, such as recognizing sight words.
That got me searching around on Pinterest (no surprise) and I was inspired by [this] blog post. I tweaked the activity a bit to meet the needs of my classroom.
For Monday Motivation this week I want to share a simple, cheap, and effective strategy for practicing sight words. The key word here is effective (and let’s be honest, cheap and simple are great, too). I like to call this game Sight Word Scratch.
My district has us introduce sight words in “bundles.” Usually a bundle is 5 or 6 words and we teach the bundle over a 2-3 week period and periodically spend some weeks reviewing. Now that we’ve exhausted all the bundles, it’s time to review and make sure we are filling any gaps!
I wrote each word from the first bundle on chart paper (I, an, can, red, blue). Then I made a corresponding note card for each word.
To start out, we reviewed the sight words by using the flash cards and by finding them in text. Then I gave each kiddo in the group a Scentos marker (instant motivation) and we went to town practicing sight words with Sight Word Scratch!
I rotated showing each kiddo a flash card and allowing at max 3 seconds for them to respond. If the kiddo recognized the sight word correctly, he/she got to place an X on that word on the chart paper. So, not only were we practicing reading the sight word, but also finding it in a sea of other words! We played until each word on the chart paper had been X’ed out.
I can see this being adapted in so many ways! You could even just have the words on a regular sized paper, although I preferred the novelty of have the kiddos writing on chart paper and up out of their seats. I could even see groups doing this independently during Daily 5 as a word work. The interventionist who visits my room said she is going to try it out with numbers tomorrow to help kiddos who are still struggling with recognizing written numbers.
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