Please download the preview to see all that is included in this bundle. And check out this blog post to learn more about this program: Top Bananas Alphabet Mastery and Ball Word Dolch Mastery System!
This bundle includes three units, Top Bananas (letter recognition), Baseball (Dolch 1) and Soccer (Dolch 2) Mastery units that are used in my own class. It is aligned to Common Core and includes over 75 pages of games, activities and items to support your students learning. If you would like specific details about what is included in each unit, they are each sold separately as well, in my store. Please feel free to check them out. You are also welcome to contact my at my blog for additional information http://www.differentiatedkindergarten.com
I hope your students enjoy these activities as much as my own students do. Look for the next 8 units of Ball Words coming shortly.
Once it's up and running, the kids take right over and it moves right along. I have 10 students who have already master all 220 words and my entire class has passed the first three levels (one two students away from the 4th level). I hope you find the same success.
May 8, 2013
May 7, 2013
I am a new Kindergarten teacher and have been looking for things that will work. I am so excited to try this way of learning letters and sight words! Thanks for being so creative and for sharing your talents with us! :o)
May 7, 2013
I'm so excited to share this new way of mastering letters and words with my kinders. I'm so happy to have a convenient system for words that will allow my kinders to stretch beyond the ~100 words we have done the last two years.
Exactly. If they're interested and they have a desire to go beyond 100, why not let them. Thanks for your purchase.
May 8, 2013
Perfect for my reluctant readers!
May 7, 2013
May 7, 2013
THIS is going to be amazing!!!! I can hardly wait to do this in the fall...I may do the baseball words now just to practice how I want to do it so I can work out any kinks on the kiddos I have now. THANK YOU for sharing such a wonderful and engaging way to master these high-freqency words! Love it!
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I teach first grade and am interested in your ball words because I NEED a more organized way of keeping up with my kids' sight word knowledge (for myself and planning as well as RTI). Just wondering if you've had feedback from first grade teachers regarding this product? Do you think it would be appropriate for a first grade classroom?
Great question Kim. I think if you a teacher who differentiates and doesn't assume that all your students are going to come in know the 'required' sight word list, this will be a great tool for your class. I know in my own district, in the past we have only 'expected' our students to know 25-30 sight words before entering 1st grade. It never failed, I always had kids that could learn more and wanted to learn more. Ball words have really helped. I have over half my class that know 220 sight words and have moved on to Dolch phrase fluency (Speed Readers) and every student know as least 80 words to date. You will have students who can really benefit from the incentives and activities that get them from each ball word level to the next. I never ask my students to study sight words, they do it on their own. If anything, they bug me to let them read them to me. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. email@example.com
May 18, 2013
I just purchased the first set of ball words and am so excited about beginning this program next year. I was wondering, do you have a letter you send home to the parents explaining this sight word system? Thanks!
I don't but I do send a newsletter home explaining it to parents. I will go ahead and update this packet to include a letter as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for the great idea.
May 2, 2013
First let me say my teaching partner and I have been using your ball word system all year and love it! We have a new title one teacher who started matching them up with Dolch PP , primer etc, and said the words on baseball for example don't all come off the PP list . She found some on the higher lists on there ( Primer and first). What list are they based on ( more for her information than my need) ? Again, my kids love this system!
The original Dolch frequency word list is from Edward William Dolch (published in the 1940s). They are listed in the order of high frequency words (excluding nouns). Some of the words are kind of outdated, but the list seems to have stood the test of time. I assume that primer and pre-primer lists came after the original list when someone decided to break that 220 word beast down into smaller bit sizes. The original Dolch 1-11 list is the list and order that my district and our title one teachers have requested we use. I have used these words in this order and the ball system in my classroom since I began teaching kindergarten. I really only put stuff out on TpT that I have actually used myself. I realize it doesn't always work for everyone. I totally understand that. I'm so glad your kinders like the units. All of my own students (minus one new little guy that just arrived) have all passed BASKETBALL level so we are actually celebrating this week with a party. That's 60 words for each kinder. A reason I like having all 220 words listed out the way they are is so I can challenge those high flier kids that can complete all 220 words and move onto Speed Reader Dolch Phrases. I'm not sure if all this rambling answers your questions. If not, please feel free to drop me a line anytime. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks again for you awesome comments regarding Ball Words.
April 29, 2013
Is there a way to edit the words on the balls? I love the set-up of your system, but we do not use the Dolch Lists in our district.
Baseball and soccer are set up the same way as top bananas. You can buy them as individual units or as bundles. I have kinders that go through all 220 words so I use all of them. Let me if you have any other questions. You can contact me at email@example.com