Vocabulary Task Cards: "Said" Words Dialogue Tags
Help your students build vocabulary by becoming familiar with the many ways that authors say “said.”
★building vocabulary for both readers and writers.
★writing using vibrant word choice
★learning how to punctuate dialogue
★developing reading fluency
★36 Task Cards - front and back.
Each card has the "said" word on the front.
On the back, the word is used in a sentence.
Use the vocabulary cards in a variety of way:.
Choose the difficulty level that fits your learners!
Possible ways to use the "Said" Words Vocabulary Cards:
★Use these cards for basic reading fluency practice.
★Project for a whole-class introduction to new vocabulary words. (Select words your learners are ready for. Set aside more challenging words to use with your advanced readers.)
★Teach the CONCEPT of “said words” (recognizing them as readers and using them as writers)
★Project as you teach DIALOGUE punctuation in writing. Use the sentences to illustrate dialogue punctuation.
★Use with small groups to reinforce correct dialogue punctuation
and the use of varied word choice.
★Use the sets as writing starters for writing short fiction pieces.
★You can also use the FRONTS (the side with just the word) as advanced sight word flashcards.
Even after readers have mastered the basic Dolch or Fry sight word lists, they continue to need to add to their sight word vocabulary. The sight word reading vocabulary of a typical fourth grader reading on grade level is too large to support a single grade level list, as in primary grades The collection of words readers need to know by sight at this level is so overwhelming that we tend to write off sight word study as impractical or unnecessary. However, readers can polish and add to their sight word vocabularies by focusing on a few select topics that they will encounter regularly. “Said words” is one of those categories.
★Use the BACKS (the side with the sentence) as fluency phrase practice. Readers work with buddies to be sure they know how to pronounce all the words, then practice their fluency by reading the sentences on the cards. Use repeated reading strategies: students time each other or time themselves reading the same stack of sentence cards several times. Record the times. The goal is to improve reading speed through repeated reading without losing accuracy.
★With 5th-8th graders (and some gifted 2nd-4th grade groups):
A more difficult activity that some selected advanced or gifted readers might enjoy:
★In small groups, students prepare, then present skits to the class.
Student teams of two act out the sentence on the card.
One student is the Actor and the other is the Narrator.
The Actor reads the dialogue portion. The Narrator reads the “he SAID /she SAID” portion.
Small teams of students prepare a written or extemporaneous script incorporating the sentence on the card into their skit. At least one actor says the line on the script at least once during the short skit. The narrator or the entire team in chorus say the “he SAID /she SAID” portion of the sentence as soon as the actor finishes saying the dialogue part of the sentence. The challenge is to find the most creative way to use the sentence on the card in the skit.
I created these task card sets to help readers get used to reading text with unknown words. I want them to know they can cope, continue and conquer even after encountering really “scary hairy” words they don’t know. My goal is to acclimatize them to reading unknown words and to learn they can succeed and their reading will thrive!
(Please NOTE: One buyer has stated "a bit difficult for my grade 3's."
Also, this material may be too easy for some middle school groups.
As a teacher of struggling readers, I use this material for any of my students, grades 2-8, but with varying levels of support. Please evaluate before purchasing to see if this material will work for your students!)
A related resource - "He Said, She Said- A Dialogue Thesaurus" - is available. This resource provides 242 dialogue words—other words to use instead of said. The words are presented in list form by topics and in 9 alphabetical lists.
This is a wonderful tool to help writers use a wide and varied vocabulary when they write.
Another SAID WORD resource is the "He Said, She Said Task Card Shuffle" sets. This active, partner “Just Think: “SAID’” strategy teaches readers how to keep going when they get stuck on unfamiliar dialogue words.
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