Fluency-HF Sight Words
HoHoHo Where Did Santa Go?
Oh, Christmas Tree!
This ELAR center is perfect for a Kindergarten and First Grade classroom. It will work well in a center/workstation and also within a small intervention group. Included are 75 HF words from the Fry and Dolch lists. The words target early readers and provide writing practice on each Tree. Spelling and visual matching skills of the Star and Present add to the learning. The game, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Where Did Santa Go?” adds fun to this center. The Christmas Tree flashcards can be used for sight word drills and playing the games, “Oh, Christmas Tree!” and “Around the Christmas Tree!”
Preparation: Copy pages and laminate for durability. Cut around the frames of the trees, stars, presents, and Santas. For best organization group the trees together, the stars together, the presents together, and the Santas as well as the cartoon Christmas Trees.
Station or Center Directions: Using a dry erase marker students trace the sight word on the tree. Then they need to find the present and put it under the tree and place the star on the top. ( For fun I place all the stars and the presents in small Christmas boxes.) Students can do as many HF sight word trees as time allows. When time is over, have the student quickly read the HF words to you or another student. Then erase the boards and replace the presents and stars in the small containers for the next user.
Small group instruction- Give each student a tree to write on with a dry erase marker. Spread out the presents and stars on the table for them to find and place on their tree. Have them spell and say/read the sight words. Then repeat activity as time allows.
Ho Ho Ho Where did Santa go? This game is played by hiding Santa(s) under different Christmas trees that are spread out on the table. Could use a pocket chart and put Santa behind the trees too. Students take turns picking a word and reading it. Then the student or teacher picks up the word to see if Santa is hiding behind it. If he is, reward the student with a Santa sticker. The game continues until all the trees have been read and turned over.
Around the Christmas Tree (This game is played like Around the World with math facts.) The contest is picking the fastest and most accurate reader. One student stands behind another student and they compete with each other as the teacher quickly shows a HF tree word. The winner gets to move behind the next child and the game continues. The losing student returns to his chair after the other student is declared the winner. The fun is to see who is fluent and can go completely “Around the Christmas Tree!”(In other words not lose a turn and get back to the chair he started in.)
Oh, Christmas Tree! This game is played like the typical Bang Game. Put all the trees in a Christmas container. Students pull out a tree and read it. If read correctly, they keep the card. If the word is misread, it goes back into the container. If a cartoony tree is pulled out, the student has to put back all previously won words and says “Oh! Christmas Tree!” Put the cartoony tree to the side and continue with the game. The winner is the one that finishes with the most words when time is up or all the words have been read.
Match Game-Put the stars all together on the table. Do the same with the presents. Don’t mix them together but turn the cards over. Each student picks one star and one present. If they match and can be read correctly, then s/he keeps the match. Continue until all matches have been made. The winner is the one with the most matches.
Christmas Trees have been provided for writing and spelling practice of the number words from one to ten. Ten color word trees have been included: red, orange, blue, green ,yellow, purple, pink, brown, black, and white.
Authentic Drill is easily done by using the flashcards. They are a good size and can be seen by a relatively large group. When a few minutes are left in the schedule utilize the time by reading the flashcard trees! Standing and waiting in line, etc lends itself to this type of important activity.
Peer students can be paired together for informal practice. A teacher can quickly flash the words to one student for informal assessments.