Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fall Sight Word Activity


You may remember from the post Practicing Letter Naming with Rocks and Trucks, that we have been trying to find fun ways for Zaven to practice his letters and sight words.   Keeping sight word practice fun and motivating is essential for Zaven, because he becomes very discouraged and frustrated.  Sperling and Head said, “Research, practice, and intuition support the concept that positive reading attitudes and higher motivation are positively related to successful reading achievement,” (p. 233).  This leaf and rake activity has been a hit.  And it is so easy to make!

I bought two packages of faux leaves from the Dollar Tree.  There were 10 leaves in each so I wrote 20 sight words.

  You could write the words you are currently working on or reviewing.  You could also write the letters of the alphabet.  I may even buy more leaves to write my daughter’s second grade vocabulary words.

I spread out a few of the leaves on the ground and told Zaven which leaves to rake up.  “Rake up have. Rake up with.” 

I also set a timer for 20 seconds to see how many leaves he could rake into his pile.  At the end of the time, he had to read each word for it to count.  He kept trying to beat his record.

Reference:
Sperling, R. A., & Head, D. M.  Reading attitudes and literacy skills in prekindergarten and kindergarten
children.  Early Childhood Educational Journal, 29(4), 233-236.

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