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Bucket of Words
WHY? high frequency words
WHAT? plastic pail, sentence strips cut in 8" cards, markers
HOW? Write high frequency words on sentence strips and place them in the
Use the words in the games and activities below:
Musical Words: Spread words on the floor in a circle. You will
need one less word than there are children in your class. One child is "it" and
stands in the middle of the circle. The other children march around the
circle as music is played. When the music stops, each child picks up a
word and reads it to themselves. "It" points to friends in the circle.
If they can read their word, then they stay in the circle. If they can't read their
word, then they switch places with "it" and the game continues.
words randomly on the floor. Play some music and have
the children do a silly dance. When the music stops, each child finds a
word and "freezes" on the word. Point to children and ask them to
read their word. Then play music for some more "dancing and freezing."
Red Rover: Divide the class into two teams facing each other. Let each
child draw a word from the bucket and hold it. Teams take turns saying,
"Red Rover, Red Rover, send (word) right over." The child holding
that word then walks over and joins the other team. (You can also add
motions, such as "skip right over," or "hop right over.")
Listen Up: Let each child draw a word from
the bucket. Say words stretching out the sounds. Children blend the sounds
when they hear
their word, they jump up and shout it out.
Sentence Scramble: Pass
out one or two words to each child. Say a
sentence. The children holding those words come up and make the
sentence. Read the sentence together as you point to each word.
and Type: Children choose a word from the bucket, type it
on the computer, then put it back in the bucket and choose another
Match Up: Let children choose a word, then match it up to the same
word on the word wall. Can they match their word up with a word
in a book or other classroom print?
Word Hunt: Hide the words around the room
in plain sight. Children
hunt for the words, and then read the words they have found.
each child choose a word from the bucket. As you say
a word, that child may put their word back in the bucket and line up.
You can call out words that begin with a particular sound, words with
a certain number of syllables, letters, etc.
Word Sort: Have children sort
the words by beginning sound, the number of letters, syllables, parts
Sentence Starters: Pass out a word to each child. Challenge them to
think of a sentence using their word. Can they write the sentence?
Use numbers, letters, math facts, and other skills you are working
the previous activities.
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