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October 2013

I Rarely Use the Term Sight Words

There are so many terms floating around these days,  for those essential words young beginning readers need to be able to read as quickly as possible–Dolch Words, Fry Words, High Frequency Words ,and Saskatchewan Learning now calls them Commonly Used Words. (Table 5) I like that term-it is also easy to explain to kids : ” These are words you are going to need to be able to read and write  because they are very important, and you will see them everywhere.”

Every word you can read quickly, without thinking about it, is a sight word. You know it quickly by sight, from memory. We generally want as many words as possible to be a sight word for us. How much would we read as adults, if we had to sound out or think about the parts of each word we read?

Some people limit the term sight word to refer only to high-frequency words or

to irregularly spelled words. However, this is not accurate. Any word that is read

sufficiently often becomes a sight word that is read from memory. Ehri Page 3

Words are most easily learned, when students have personal connections or background knowledge to help them understand the meaning and have also been taught word recognition processes to help them tackle new words. That is why it is so important to develop as much vocabulary as soon as possible, while learning the letter sound relationships from a very early age. Read more

Simply put no matter what we call them, we need them, but if we only focus on the commonly used words, if we only teach from lists, we will lose the exciting engaging words, the butter on the popcorn , that makes reading fun, engaging, interesting -if and when almost everything we read has become our sight words.



Unique Monique by Maria Rousaki


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A cute little story about a girl who really wants to be different. Maria Rousaki has written a book with a new take on a child’s desire to be noticed ,and how to express your individuality. A good tie in to teaching accepting others.


Reminds me very much of  Robert Munshs’ Stephanie’s Ponytail .


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I originally posted this anchor chart for English classrooms. I was so happy to see this posted in a French Immersion classroom I recently visited. I particularly liked the way the teacher linked it to “faire les liens” thus incorporating comprehension strategies. Thank you NS for sharing!!



Mrs. Harrison And Miss Sanders' Ks

This month we have been consolidating our sorting skills. Some students are learning how to sort by one attribute (colour) while others are able to sort by two attributes. (Size and shape). Many students are able to sort and then resort by another rule. Here are some examples of our sorting rules.



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Five Minute Friday Writing

So I have been thinking about 5 Minute Friday writing for a while. I read about it in a few blogs, tried it out myself and I think it is worth giving a try from an educational stand point. I have also heard it called “Write to learn “or Free Writing I’d like to try 5 Minute Friday at a few grade levels and see what happens. Stay tuned!!

Hint from adaptive learnin: During Five Minute Friday, you are not supposed to stop to make any edits.  Free writing without stopping is the purpose.  Notice there are errors in my Five Minute Friday writing above.  These errors will not be edited because editing them would defeat the purpose of Five Minute Friday.  Part of the reason I’m featuring Five Minute Friday on adaptivelearnin is to teach students how to write without anxiety.  I want them to see the errors to show them that errors are okay to make during free writing.  I want this to be an educational experience for them.  Feel free to use this or my other FMF posts as examples in lessons if you wish.  Happy Friday!

Five Minute Friday


A 2013 Willow Award Nominee, Oddrey by Dave Whamond  is an appealing read.

Oddrey is an “odd” little girl who is very creative  and ends up using her uniqueness to save her class from disaster. We read it with the grade two class when talking about belonging and acceptance. The students loved the colourful artwork but it was the storyline that also led to powerful discussion on what belonging and generosity actually mean. Similar idea to two of my other favourites Elmer and Leon the Chameleon.

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