Monday, April 15, 2013

Sight Word Ice Cream Scoops

It's Michelle Griffo from Apples and ABC's!  I wanted to share with you how I organize and test kids on their sight words.  In Kindergarten, the students have to read common sight words (ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3).  There are so many different ways to test the kids and get them to memorize the words.  I want to show you the strategy that I use (which I learned at my first year from my mentor teacher).  

At the beginning of the year, I organize the sight words in order, by the words that I want them to know first.  I usually start with the color words, and then move on to "I, see, a..."  Once I have the words organized, then I put them into different "color groups."  I have the kids memorize the words by the different groups.  Once they have the color set memorized, they can move to a different level.  

The way I motivate them to move along the color lists is by giving them a construction paper ice cream scoop for each level they pass.  They get really excited when they get their ice cream scoop, and it is a great way to share their progress with them.  I keep each student's chart in a bound book, so they aren't hanging on the walls.  

We use our word wall, by placing each set of words on the wall as I introduce them.  I give the parents and students a monthly reminder of what color they should be focusing on.  Some are below that goal and some are way above.  

The students get tested on their words weekly, and I send home a progress sheet so the parents know what words they missed.  

Thanks for letting me share!  Come on over and visit me anytime at Apples and ABC's!
~Michelle Griffo


Megan Carlson said...

Hi Michelle!

This is great! Would you be willing to share your color lists? I would love to organize my word wall in this way next year, and couldn't find anywhere to download the lists on your blog.

Thank you!

Megan Carlson

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