Turning On The Dolch Word Light Bulbs
Are some of your students struggling with the Dolch Word lists? Here are some helpful tips that might turn the light bulbs on.
Children enjoy games. Making things fun for students takes the drudgery out of memorizing things, as one of my little ones said: “We were having so much fun we didn’t even know we were learning!”
I truly believe that learning and fun should go together. If children enjoy learning they will WANT to come to school and you won’t have problems with discipline because students will be engaged in learning because they aren’t bored.
The Traceable Dolch Word Card packets that I discussed in yesterday's article provide a tip list of a variety of activities you can incorporate into centers and games for students so they can immerse themselves with these words.
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I've also designed Dolch Word Bingo Bonanza for all the word lists. If you get students looking for, and using the words they will learn them.
I also find that looking at the words separately and trying to figure them out, is difficult for some students. Memorization is also very boring.
We teach students all sorts of attack skills when they read, yet we give them a “list” of Dolch words and hope for success.
I find that some children do so much better if they can see these words in a group. So I’ve made up phrases using the words.
These can be found in My Read, Trace & Write Dolch Word Phrase Packets. They include trace and write the phrase skill sheets, 40-60 phrase cards, a letter home to parents, 3 recording “good reader” sheets, and 2 certificates of praise.
These make great Daily 5 activities.
It’s important to get parents on board to reinforce lessons at home to get struggling children over the hump as there is just not enough time for all the one-on-one needed at school.
Click on the links to view/download the various packets.
When a student achieves success with one packet they can correct the phrases and turn them into sentences by adding capital letters, punctuation and a word or two to complete the thought.
Continue to raise the bar, and challenge students to move on to the next level of words.
Finally, I really think that teaching students the words phonetically helps a lot. I’ve had wonderful success turning the light bulb on when some students just don’t get it when I rhyme things.
I actually think it is much easier to break the words down this way and feel most students could learn a lot more words across the board if we taught them “off the list” and grouped them by sound instead.
I’ve compiled an anchor chart of a Phonetic Dolch Word List.
Click on the link to view/download it.
I hope these things help your students enjoy reading and learning new words as those light bulbs start snapping on shining brightly!