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How to Teach SnapWords®

by Sarah K Major February 04, 2016 1 Comment

How to Teach SnapWords®

It hasn't been that long since I was in the classroom, so I can remember vividly some of the challenges I had as I tried to provide meaningful and useful activities to the children in my classroom. First of all, I had a wide range of ability levels, had many children with learning challenges, and had several ESL students. There was no way I was going to ever be able to do lesson plans for my class and expect to reach all the learners - unless I planned for all the different needs represented in my room. I remember being bedeviled by the suspicion that as I searched for materials to use (we had very little provided to us in terms of curriculum), I was very likely omitting some really important reading skills that I should cover.

Six Areas of Reading Skill Included

The National Reading Panel Report has identified five areas of skill that must be addressed in order to produce successful readers. Those five areas appear on the flower petals in the image to the right: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. I add the skill of writing as I believe that what a child is learning to read, he or she also needs to learn to write.

Because of the importance of this research and knowing how stressful it was for me to be sure I was covering all the important skills, I worked to create a resource that addressed all these areas, while meeting the needs of visual, right-brained learners who rely on patterns, visuals, and hands-on means of learning for success. 

Beyond Sight Words Activities are comprehensive resources that are full of fun activities that provide necessary practice with the six essential components of reading. There are five difficulty levels that correspond to the five lists of SnapWords®. 

Simply print or photocopy the activity that meets your students' reading needs to provide them with valuable practice. Activities include ABC ordering, reading assessment, vocabulary bingo, vocabulary crossword puzzles, fill-in-the-blank, go fish, illustrate the sentence, making phrases, making sentences, making words, picture cards, sentence unscramble, sound manipulation, word searches, word sort, word wall games, and a write about it section.

I’d recommend using the 306 SnapWords® set along with Beyond Sight Words Activities as it guides you through teaching 10-12 words at a time while incorporating phonics, writing, comprehension, etc.

How to Teach SnapWords®

Display one group of words at a time in a pocket chart visually accessible to the children at all times. 

Use the games and activities in Beyond Sight Words Activities as the children learn and practice their reading skills. 

When they have learned one group of words, put the plain version on your word wall and display the next group of words in the pocket chart. You will be amazed at how quickly the children learn! 

Following are the words taught in each of the 25 levels.

List A

Group 1: a, and, at, by, go, in, is, me, no, not, on, the

Group 2: do, he, help, I, it, my, now, or, see, sit, to, up

Group 3: big, but, can, down, get, has, like, out, play, so, stop, will

Group 4: call, come, did, for, here, little, look, said, this, want, we, you

Group 5: an, are, as, back, have, hi, his, if, jump, make, ran

List B

Group 1: am, ask, be, cut, got, him, into, its, let, run, us, yes

Group 2: away, from, funny, may, must, of, put, say, that, them, they, went

Group 3: any, fly, just, last, many, she, show, than, try, what, when, why

Group 4: ate, fast, good, our, pull, saw, sing, then, too, took, who, with

Group 5: about, all, eat, gave, new, read, still, take, tell, work, your

List C

Group 1: after, bring, cold, going, giving, had, her, hold, man, old, told, was

Group 2: began, better, far, find, kind, never, next, off, over, soon, under, were

Group 3: another, came, give, live, made, oh, other, ride, there, think, very, where

Group 4: around, before, found, how, know, more, much, own, pick, these, those, which

Group 5: again, day, didn't, does, don't, first, gone, hard, long, some, walk

List D

Group 1: across, best, both, fall, full, hot, I'm, left, most, open, same, yet

Group 2: always, clean, high, keep, light, might, need, right, small, upon, well

Group 3: animal, close, even, every, leave, mean, myself, near, sleep, use, while

Group 4: been, draw, grow, hurt, only, round, short, start, today, turn, warm

Group 5: buy, could, done, goes, laugh, once, pretty, should, their, would

List E

Group 1: basement, clapped, drink, father, playmate, prize, stove, stuck, thank, wash, wish

Group 2: because, bicycle, company, flapping, giggle, hitch, imagine, passenger, stumbled, willing

Group 3: careful, carry, certainly, decide, hundred, husband, together, toward, twice, write

Group 4: breath, heard, indeed, instant, mother, pleasant, please, pleasure, tomorrow, wonderful

Group 5: accident, different, enough, it's, realized, shall, struggled, thought, through, whole

      

Get your SnapWords here

and start teaching today!

Getting Started

1) For each section (there are 25 in all), find the word walls first and display them in a pocket chart clearly visible to all your students. If you want to jump-start your class, use the SnapWords™ in a pocket chart and post the supplied words in a word wall.

2) Print off the reading assessment and have it ready on a clipboard to use in your small groups as you finish each section. Have each child read as far as he/she can in a minute; record the date and how many words the child read. If you make a copy of each child’s assessment, it would be great to share with parents during parent-teacher conference time.

3) With your lesson planner in front of you, lay out plans for 2 weeks at a time. Divide the activities into groups: teacher-led, independent center, whole class games, partner or small group games, writing etc. Record in your planner which days and times you will use each activity.

4) Any activity that is recorded on paper would make a great contribution to a student portfolio. It would be so easy to tell how each child is doing, where he/she needs more support, and how parents could reinforce their child’s learning at home.

5) When you have determined that all your students know that group of words, post them on the word wall in ABC order and take out the next group of words.

Use SnapWords Independent Sight Words Centers

for year-long, student lead learning

 

 





Sarah K Major
Sarah K Major

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Sarah's absolute belief in every child’s ability to learn, and her passion to empower the child by supporting his/her own unique giftedness have fueled her life’s work and provided a new pathway for children to succeed academically.


1 Response

Jamie
Jamie

August 19, 2016

I just received my classroom set of snap words and cannot wait to use this year! I do find myself wondering how to best organize these materials and I haven’t been able to find many ideas online just wondered if you all knew great ways to store so they are easy accessible and organized! :) or if you know of a blogger/ website who has great ideas of how they keep their snap words. Thanks so much! :)

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