Click here to find the 50 words needed by Kindergarten. You can cut them apart to make small words cards to help you sort.
Recognizing high-frequency words by sight primarily involves memorization; and memorization comes most easily through repetition. Remember: PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Students need to read and write high-frequency words as often as possible.
Remember to read/write as quickly as possible.
Sort the words into words columns. One column of words that can be read in 5 seconds and one column of words to work on learning. Be sure to count and discuss the words known. Look for an increase each day.
Make 2 copies of the words and play "Memory" with the cards! Don't forget to read them as quickly as possible.
From Radford University:
One strategy to consider when teaching and learning discreet skills is “Drill Sandwich” (Browder, D.M., & Roberts, M.L., 1993). Here’s a basic description with simple steps.
The drill sandwich strategy is a way children can practice and learn new sight words, math facts, vocabulary, spelling words, or any information by mixing what they know with what they need to learn. This method is typically more motivating to the learner, since out of a group of ten flashcards, seven are already known. The brain can focus on only learning three new pieces of information, while reviewing known (often recently learned) material. The repetition of the known material assists with its storage into long-term memory.
How to build a Drill Sandwich!
1.) Make or obtain a set of flashcards for the information to be learned. Click here flashcards.
2.) Go through the complete stack of cards once, separating the list into two piles – knowns and unknowns. (Hint: Cards are only knowns if the information is automatic. If the learner has to think even for a few seconds, then the card should be placed in the unknown pile for more repetition of the information.)
3.) Build a “sandwich” using seven knowns and three unknowns. Be sure to follow the pattern below. (K = known; U = unknown)
4.) Have the learner practice identifying all ten items in the order of knowns and unknows.
5.) As the unknown items are learned move them into a known section of the sandwich by removing well-known knowns (be sure it is automatic....no guessing!). Add new unknowns and begin the learning process again.
Practice with three new words each day. Learning information in this manner is much more manageable for students, and will help them learn quickly.
Remember to make it fun!