Practicing those tricky Word Wall Words! Practice, Practice and more practice is the key to having your first graders or any early reader grow their sight vocabulary. I am going to share with your a simple strategy I use and a resource to help with the trickiest of words - the rule breaker words.
I am linking up with Mrs. McClain over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her monthly You Oughta Know blog hop. Other bloggers and I will be sharing things that you “oughta know” for your classroom.
In First Grade we practice all the time. We need to build our vocabulary and I love to find fun ways for kids to do just that. One idea that I have implemented in my room years ago was "word wall pockets". Every week students are introduced to five new words for the week and are given these words on little flashcards. I create a table in Powerpoint with 2 columns and 5 rows and then print them off and slice them up so I can save paper and make them the perfect size for a library pocket. They cut them apart and store them in their pocket.
The fun starts when they get to sit with their partners and practice their words. Sitting knee to knee and eye to eye, one student shows the other the word and them puts the card in the proper pocket depending on whether it is a "word I know" or a "word I need to practice". They truly enjoy working with their partners to do this. I have paired up stronger students with weaker students so that I have lots of little teachers around the room prompting and coaching. I hear lots of "try it again" and "sound it out" and "yes, you got it, good for you".
When they are done their pockets they put them aside and write the current week's words on each other's backs and then they try to guess what the word is. They are all so engaged during this little chunk of our day!