This book is different from other word cheer books in that it provides a catchy, sing-song phrase for each of the 92 words included in it. This is a great resource for preschool through third grade, giving teachers the flexibility to choose which words to use depending on their students' needs.
When children enjoy an activity, they are more likely to retain the information they are learning. The cheers in this book provide a fun and engaging way to teach students word patterns. They employ high-interest phrases and multiple repetitions to reach all learners through multi-sensory learning modalities. These cheers are classroom tested and have proven to be fun and effective. Pre-emergent learners will develop phonemic awareness and phonological awareness, as well as one-to-one correspondence. Beginning readers will learn the sound-patterns of language and common rimes.
Students see the word they are to cheer while they say and clap the letters. Then they learn a short, catchy phrase corresponding to that word. Each phrase will have multiple words following a particular word pattern. For example, “a-t, at, the fat cat sat on a rat.” The bodily kinesthetic motions used to act out the cheers, along with the auditory and visual learning modalities, reinforce the particular word features addressed in each cheer and help encode these patterns to a child’s long-term memory.
The words in this book follow common phonetic patterns and were selected due to their high frequency use which allows for authentic reading and writing opportunities, essential in literacy development. Children encounter these words often in their reading and use them frequently in their independent writing. The cheers can be a launching pad for various word family manipulation activities. Not only do they teach common patterns for reading and spelling words, they engage children’s interest and motivate them to learn about word features. This allows learners to generalize beyond the individual word being taught. The cheers in this book reinforce the action of learning and detecting word patterns.
Additionally, with beginning and struggling readers, the pages can be copied and put in their individualized reading binders or boxes so they can have independent reading material readily available to them!
Please look at my preview pages to see the table of contents showing all the words included in this book. This book can easily be adapted to any spelling or word work program. If your particular spelling word is not included, you can cheer a word containing its word family, helping reinforce the concept of word patterns.
If you enjoy this book, my Sight Word Cheers (pre-primer and primer Dolch words) is coming out very soon, to be followed up by the first and second grade Dolch words.
(Includes 51 illustrated cheers out of 92 cheers.)