Motivating Students To Master The First 11 Dolch Word Lists
Meets Common Core Standards:
RF.K.3.c: Read common high frequency words by sight.
RF.1.3.g: Recognize and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words.
RF.2.3.f: Recognize and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words.
This is the seventh of 11 sets of ball words (TENNIS BALL WORDS) used in my class to help students master Dolch word lists. Each list is placed on a different kind of sports ‘ball or equipment.’ Students work their way through each set of ball words by using the activities found here. Once mastered, they receive an official ‘ball champ’ certificate and the next list of ball words to start mastering. It is up to you how and if you reward your students when they master each new list. In my classroom, they get their name placed on the BALL CHAMP poster for each level (balls are included here that you can place on a poster if you decide to) and receive a small token from my treasure box for their hard work..
I love this system because I never have to beg my students to practice their ball words. It is an activity that is chosen above all others if there is free time.
Look at all the activities you get in this seventh set:
Ball Cards For Making Word Rings-Students use these cards on a ring to practice during reading, rest or free activity time. Make 4-5 sets so that there are plenty available. I have mine hanging from a peg board for easy access but you can place them in buckets or whatever you have available.
Ball Cards to be used for your word wall-As the class masters this list of words, they are added to our word wall so that students can reference words they know when writing and so they are readily available for frequent review.
Ball Cards to be used for Tennis Ball Slap-Lay the balls on the table or floor, a teacher or volunteer calls out a Tennis Ball word and students race to cover it with a flyswatter or by tossing a bean bag on it.
Small Ball cards for use in “Game, Set, Match” (instructions included in packet).
Small Ball cards for use in “Grand Slam Champ” (instructions included in packet).
Small Ball cards to be used for Tennis Ball Memory-This can be played on a table or in a small Target Dollar Bin pocket chart.
Small Tennis Ball word cards for use in Ball Words In A Bottle with recording sheet.-Students move the bottle around to ‘spy’ Tennis Ball words and record the ones they see.
A Tennis Ball I-Spy with recording sheet-Students search the Tennis Ball picture for hidden Dolch 7 words with magnifying glasses. When they find them, they write them on the recording sheet and read them to a partner.
Tennis Ball Champ Certificate -Insert your student’s name, your name and the date and print and laminate for students when they master their Tennis Ball list.
Take home list of Tennis Ball words.- Send this home for students to work on with parents.
Progress monitor sheet to track when students pass each level of ball words.
Editable Tennis Balls for Tennis Ball Champs Poster!