Learning High Frequency Words that Pop Up Everywhere (Virtual Tour)
Stage of Literacy Development:
Stage 1: Beginning Literacy
Spelling & Word Study, Classroom Tips
I've purposefully situated this smaller word wall close to our writing center so the children can easily find the high frequency words that they need in their writing.
Another activity the children can do around those high frequency words, our Pop Corn words, is pull a piece of Pop Corn out of the bin, read the word, I, and then they would cross it off on their list.
Here the children are just matching some of those high frequency words, those Pop Corn words that they've learned, and the children have to find the matching container for the Pop Corn, and then of course they need to say the word, come. All. All. And with, and with. And these can be bought at a teacher's supply store, or you can also find lots of websites that give you lists of high frequency words.
This is a really neat, little word wall. Once again using our Pop Corn words, the common or high frequency words that they need to learn in kindergarten. They can come up to the word and actually take it out and practice reading the word, stretching it out /i/s/. They can use this to walk around the room and find it in stories that they're reading. Or perhaps use it at the writing table if they need it. It's nice and portable because it folds up like that. So if you have limited space in your classroom and you needed to tuck it away and then bring it out again, it's there.
Graded lists of high frequency words have been developed by Fry and Dolch: http://www.k12reader.com/fry-word-list-1000-high-frequency-words/
The goal of "Pop Corn" Words: Learning High Frequency Words that Pop Up Everywhere (Virtual Tour) is to help students to commit irregularly spelled high frequency words to memory and provide opportunities for exposure to and use of a variety of words.
- High frequency words are the words that appear most often in printed material. Direct students' attention to these words during read-alouds and shared readings.
- Discuss the importance of recognizing high frequency words by sight and the direct impact of this recognition to reading fluency.
- The more often students' are exposed to high frequency words the more likely they will be able to commit the spelling of these words to memory.
- Create personal dictionaries and have students add new high frequency words to their dictionaries on a regular basis.
- Make the word wall interactive by allowing the students to take the word off the wall and use at their workspace.