Mrs. Burns' Kindergarten
Martin Luther King Jr.
Scooping up Sight Words
The children have been working hard to get their ice cream scoops!
I want to share a little about our "ice cream scoop" high-frequency word rings.
Here’s how it works…
Each child began the year with a ring of "red" word cards in their book bins. These are our first 10 high-frequency words or "sight words" we learn (I, like, the, and, see, we, a, to, come, me). Just a refresher: high-frequency words are words that appear most often during reading. These are words that your child will read by "sight"... not by phonetically sounding them out.
Any time we have an extra minute or if the children get done with an activity early, they can choose to pull out these cards and practice, practice, practice. Once they are confident that they know all of the words of that color, they can ask to be "challenged". If they successfully read them all, they add that color scoop to their ice cream cone and then receive their next 10 color cards. The color word sets are in rainbow order (red words, orange words, yellow, green, blue, purple).
The children are super excited to add a scoop to their cone and are so motivated! It is amazing to watch them CHOOSE to practice reading their words and then self-assess themselves. Please remember that all children learn at different paces, so while some Kindergarteners are working on their purple words, others are working hard on their red .