Sunday, April 20, 2014

Word Wizards

Students in grades K-4 are participating in a Word Wizard challenge. Students are given word lists at their ability level and work to read all the words on these lists. (Words come from the Dolch word lists. Links to these lists are available in the column on the right.)

Students read the list the first time and then are given flashcards to practice the words they have missed. The entire list is checked once per week. In order to "pass" a list, students are required to read the list correctly 3 weeks in a row. When a student self-corrects a word (i.e., they read a word incorrectly, but then correct themselves) it is not counted against them, but the correction is noted.

Students are doing phenomenally on these words! We have 2 students who have passed all 5 levels and are now working on challenge vocabulary. Many students have worked, and have passed, one or more levels.

How can parents help at home?
Parents can help at home by having their child practice reading the words in isolation and within books. There are other activities parents can do to increase their child's memory of these words: place index cards with these words around the house (my suggestion is not to do more than 5-7 words at a time; more than this can be overwhelming to students) and have your child read them to you randomly or before they get to do a preferred activity, create your own set of flash cards, make a game out of the words (such as Memory or bingo). These are just a few suggestions- there are so many more activities you can do with your child that will help them retain these words.

As always, reading to and with your child at any age will help develop their skills.
Thank you for all that you do at home!

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