Why are SIGHT WORDS important?
I am a firm believer of a language arts program that teaches and reviews sight words. Sight words are those words that have a high frequency presence in printed materials that children read. As children build their sight word recognition, they are able to read more books.
Why are WORD FAMILIES important?
I teach the patterns in word families throughout the year because they help my students develop their decoding and ability to sound out words. Once they learn those word families, they are able to decode so many words quickly. This puts them well on their way to reading and decoding success!
Why is a SPELLING program important?
I use a spelling program in my classroom so every student has a list of words to learn and practice at home. My spelling program is mostly phonics based and each unit I teach reviews the short and long vowels, digraphs and diphthongs, blends, and more.
I use each week to review the phonetic concept that is present in that spelling unit. My students develop not only the ability to spell words, but read and understand a new phonetic pattern or rule.They can then use those skills to read new material and write independently.
Word study and phonics lessons and activities occur frequently during our week. I usually have a designated time of the week to work on spelling, sight words, and word families.This coming year I plan on incorporating the Daily 5 system of word work, where my students will be working on something everyday. With the Daily 5 system you need to organize your literacy blocks throughout the day, instead of the whole class working on the same activities at the same time.
During this time, I pull small groups to work on word study concepts, while my students are completing their word work activities.
Activities Completed Each Morning:
If you are interested in a copy of my morning meeting schedule for the week to use for teaching a word study program, click HERE to download!
Sight Word Resources
What are the key components of your word study program?
Teaching children to comprehend and make sense of what they are reading is vital to building literacy. Going beyond teaching decoding strategies and how to build fluency, they need to be taught how to understand what they read through reading comprehension strategies, such as connecting, visualizing, questioning, inferring, etc.
Question of the day for kids: a drip pan and a few simple materials helps kids love reading the different questions each school day!
Question of the Day: For KIDS!
How to DIY the Question of the Day for Kids
Purchase a large drip pan that looks like a giant cookie sheet. I found mine at a car or hardware store (like Ace Hardware) and they also have them on Amazon HERE. The pan is an oil drip pan by Blitz. On the back of the pan, I put strips of double-sided form tape and pushed it onto the bulletin board where I wanted it displayed.
I added words with bulletin board letters (Poppin’ Patterns by Creative Teaching Press) to say “? of the Day”, “Yes” and “No.”
Every morning the kids come in and go straight to the board. They read aloud the question of the day for kids to hear since I have students who are learning how to read. They place their name cards under “yes” or “no” for their answer to the question.
See Question of the Day in Action
Just Like the Question of the Day for Kids: The In and Out Board
They also use their name cards to indicate on the “In & Out” board (a cookie sheet on the wall) when they leave the room to go to the washroom, etc.
Resources to Implement a Question of the Day for Kids
Each monthly Question of the Day pack includes 24 questions (in color and black & white). There are general questions and seasonal questions included. Simply print & post on your question of the day board!
Question of the Day BUNDLE available HERE. This bundle includes 10 months of questions for a total of 240 questions in color and black & white.
Free Question of the Day Resource
I am also including this FREEBIE for you to use when having your students write their own questions of the day. You could use it throughout the year to practice coming up with and writing our own questions. Please click the image below to grab your free resource!