Nifty Name Songs and Sight Words Too!
Some of these “Nifty Name Songs” are originals and others are common children’s songs with a slight twist. I have written each of them up on poster board. (Or you could project them if you have the technology). Each chart has a focus sight word that I write in a different color. I also provide children with their own copy for their poetry folder. The children highlight the focus sight word, fold their paper three times (which creates eight blank boxes on the back) then write the sight word eight times with a different color crayon. They may also illustrate the poem.
I begin each day in circle by reading charts with my kinder kids. After reading a chart, I invite two or three children to come up and show us something they know (a word, a letter, etc.). This insures that all children are able to be successful on their own level. Sometimes, I ask children to be “word detectives” and hunt for a particular word or letter. Also, some of the songs have rhyming words and I ask the children to identify them and provide additional rhyming words. In addition, I sometimes will create a written list of the onset and rime words they come up with.
The children love hearing their names in the songs and the “charts” literacy center is always a popular center at choice time. I love that one resource covers so many common core literacy standards all at once!
R.F.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
R.F.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom
R.F.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
R.F.K.1c Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
R.F.K.2a Recognize and produce rhyming words.
R.F.K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
R.L.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
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