Tuesday, January 1, 2013

High Frequency Words Day 3

Yet another day posting about High Frequency Words.  I kind of like these themed posts.  They keep me focused on a topic and, hopefully, I am sharing some things that are valuable to someone else.  Today, I want to focus on some whole group things I do to teach sight words. 
One of my kinders' favorites is a Power Point Slide show.  I make it with the entire quarter's words and we read it every day.  I make the words bounce in or rotate and they love it.  I mix up the words each day so they are not getting used to the same sequence.  It's just a quick and easy thing we do whole group every day that words well for us. 
Another idea I have is for an interactive white board.  If you have Smart Notebook software, there is a tool you can use called the Random Word Generator.  You just put the sight words you want to focus on- I think you can put 25 in at a time.  Then the kids push a button and it randomly picks a word.  Lots of fun!  There's also a dice that you can program with words and the kinders can roll the dice and read the word. 
Of course, we also cheer and chant the sight words.  I did not make any of these up- some are taken from Dr. Jean and some came from other unknown sources over the years.  Our favorite is the basketball chant.  The kinders stand up and pretend to dribble the basketball and spell the sight word- then when they have spelled the word they shoot the basket and say the word. 
We also really like the marshmallow clap chant.  We pretend there is a marshmallow between our hands that we are squeezing together as we spell the word and then say the word- one squeeze for every letter and then a really big squeeze when we say the word. 
We also love, love, love the cowboy chant.   We turn our chairs around and sit the "wrong" way on them like we are straddling a horse.  Then we get our lasso and wave it in the air for each letter of the word.  When we say the word we throw our pretend lasso out to get that cow and pull it in to say the word. 
The swimming chant is another favorite.  We take a swimming stroke for every letter of the word as we spell it.  When we are finished, we hold our noses and go underwater while we say the word. 
What whole group things do you do to teach sight words?
And, I am also curious how many sight words your kinders need to know by the end of the year?  Our goal is 75 (the first three Fry lists).  And, what list do you use? Fry? Dolch? Something else?


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