This Student Kit includes:
- 342 child-sized SnapWords® cards (4.25” x 2.75”) with heavy lamination for durability, color-coded by level, and hole punched. Includes SnapWords®List A, List B, List C, List D, List E, and List Numbers, Colors, Days, Months, & Seasons.
- 6 metal book rings used to secure Levels of center cards
- 3 copies of Sight Words in Sentences for practicing SnapWords® in context.
- 3 Reading Phones enable children to hear their sounds and words more clearly while improving their focus.
How to Use the 306 SnapWords® Student Kit with your 306 SnapWords® Teaching Cards
At the beginning of each year, assess your students to determine their sight words knowledge. Organize them into groups roughly based on skill level. Then within the groups, assign each child a partner to work with.
- Prepare the Independent Center:
Each List of SnapWords® has 5 levels of words. Separate each List into their levels according to the colored, numbered dot in the corner of each card. Put each level of words on a book ring and store in a bin in the center of the table. Students will know which level they are on and can retrieve their words on their own.
- Whole Class Instruction:
Display one level of SnapWords® Teaching Cards in a pocket chart and introduce them to the whole class at one time. The primary purpose of this brief activity is to make sure every child knows what the picture side says. Plan to spend a up to a week on each level of SnapWords® if needed but follow the pace of the children. Once you have turned each word over to the back and the students can still read them, it is time to move those words to your word wall and display a new Level.
- Teacher-led group:
You will need a SnapWords® Teaching Kit for this purpose. Each of your groups might be on a different List of words so in your teacher-led small group, you will teach words on the level of the group you are working with. Do a deeper dive with each level of SnapWords® using lesson plans found in SnapWords® Mini-Lessons.
- Independent Center:
When a group leaves the teacher-led center, they will go to the Independent Center and find their ringed words. The reading phones are to be used by the students who are taking a turn at reading. This will identify which partner is talking, will help hold the reader’s attention, and will identify for the teacher who is reading and who is listening. When partners finish a whole List of words, they will practice reading that List in context using Sight Words in Sentences.
Use our checklists (or your own) to assess each student’s knowledge and fluency and then move them on to the next List of SnapWords®. Apart from initial introduction and small group instruction, much of the movement in learning will be driven by pairs of students working together.