I have used the Word Worm in my class for several years as a motivational tool to excite and engage my students in learning their sight words. The Word Worm is designed so each child progresses at their pace and they are rewarded for learning more and more sight words. The words are practiced at home and assessed once a week in the classroom.
Here is how I use the Word Worm in my classroom.
I send the entire packet of 8 word worms and the parent letter home. I begin assessing the following week. Every student starts on Word Worm 1. In my class, we assess on Wednesday of every week. If the student passes the level they are currently on, they receive a sticker and a certificate and advance to the next level. They also get to add a body segment to our word worm display in the hallway. This display serves as a data graph and a visual reminder that we have a goal to finish our worms! Once a student completes all 8 word worms, they are a word worm wizard! They receive a certificate and a reward! For rewards I do books but you can use any type of reward! After they have completed all 8 word worms, I increase the challenge and challenge the students to spell the word with dry erase markers and make the words with magnetic letters. This additional practice builds word automaticity.
Included in this pack:
EDITABLE Parent Letter
A set of 8 Word Worms with the 50 sight words that I use in my classroom.
A set of 8 EDITABLE Word Worms so you can add the words your students are required to use.
An EDITABLE Data Tracking Sheet
Certificates and stickers for rewards and incentives
Worm head and circles to create a hallway data display
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