"The Center Kits will work for you because once you introduce sight words, using the 607 SnapWords® Teaching Cards, each set of partners will work on their own level, at their own pace. This Kit will allow you to train your kiddos to use the center and then it will pretty much run itself - with students reporting to you on their progress through the Lists of SnapWords®. The review and practice of sight words will be totally student-driven, which empowers and engages kids in learning."
The Center Kit Includes:
- 643 SnapWords® cards - child-size cards (4.25" x 2.75") are laminated for durability, color-coded by level, and hole punched. Includes the entire collection of SnapWords®: List A, List B, List C, List D, List E, List Numbers/Colors/Days/Months/Seasons, List F, List G, Nouns 1, Nouns 2, and Verbs
- 11 metal book rings used to secure Levels of center cards
- 3 copies of The Complete Sight Words in Sentences for practicing reading sight words in context
- 6 two-sided Activity Cards - one side features instructions for teachers, on the other side easy steps for children
- 3 plastic stands for displaying the activity cards
- 3 Reading Phones enable children to hear their sounds and words while practicing
How to Use the 607 SnapWords® Center Kit with your SnapWords® 607 Teaching Cards Kit
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. Display activity cards in the plastic holders provided. Children will work their way through activities 1-6 with each List of SnapWords®.
- 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:
Do a deeper dive with each level of SnapWords® using SnapWords® Mini-Lessons as your lesson plan. In your teacher-led small group, you will teach words on the level of the group you are working with. Each of your groups might be on a different List of words.
- Independent Center:
When a group leaves the teacher-led center, they will go to the Independent Center and find their ringed words and appropriate activity card. Once a pair of students has completed the 5 levels in the list they are working on, they will practice reading the words in context using Sight Words in Sentences, and when they are confident that they can read their section, they will notify you that they are ready for you to assess them. The reading phones are to be used by the students who are 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.
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.
Try before you buy
607 Kit Plain Word Wall Words
SnapWords® tracking charts
Activities for teaching SnapWords®
SnapWords® contents Dolch, Fry, Fountas & Pinnell
SnapWords® Center Kit Quick Start Guide