by Sarah K Major November 08, 2017
When Sarah was teaching students with traditional sight words cards she found that students were having a difficult time memorizing the words and meanings. That is when she created SnapWords®. SnapWords® are sight word cards that contain a stylized Image, a motion and a sentence.
SnapWords® are unique because images are combined with the picture. Let’s look at a couple of cards for examples.
The word Jump has an image of a person jumping, the word moves up with the person to draw that connection between the word and the image. On the back of each card there is the word in plain text form as well as the motion and Language. For the word Jump the we ask the student to do the Motion: jump in place and say the sentence “JUMP. I can JUMP High”
Here is another example the word down. In the image the word is going down the stairs. It includes a Motion: swoop hand and arm in a downward motion with a sentence “DOWN. IT’s going DOWN the stairs!”.
SnapWords® are excellent for visual and kinesthetic/tactile learners. As you can see, the image on the card grabs the attention of student and the body motion and sentence locks the word and its meaning into their memory.
306 SnapWords® Kits have 6 lists of words: A, B, C, D, E, and Numbers Colors Days Months and Seasons.
But that’s not all
The kit contains two great books. The first book is SnapWords Mini lessons. This book has a short lesson for each of the words in list A through E. The lesson includes:
For example, in the lesson for the word down, it talks about the OW sound and how most letters are not strong enough to come after the OW in a word, but the N is very Strong. The lesson goes on with examples of other words that end in OWN and more sentences to write containing the word Down.
Now we all now asking a child to sit at a desk and learn new words is not easy. So Sarah has included 26 different activities to do with the cards to help keep those Kinesthetic focused.
As you work though the kit, your students will learn all of the words in a list. When a list is completed you will take out the book sight words in sentence. this book is used for reading in context the book is color coded to match the list.
List A is green Sarah has created 40 sentences in the green section that your student will be able to read after they complete list a.
When the student is reading through the sentence you will be checking them to see if there are any words that they will need revisit. If your child knows all the words, it is time to move on to list B!
The words contained in the 306 kit are all 220 Dolch words, and other high frequency words from Fry and Fountas & Pinnel. The words are at a grade level of Pre-K through 3 grade.
Let’s make sight words fun. Pick up your 306 SnapWords® Kit today!
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