Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rockin' My Dolch Words!

I'm so excited to tell you about my new Dolch word pack!!!

We had some big changes at my school last year.
One was switching from our reading series sight words to using Dolch words.
I'll admit, it was scary.
I had flashcards and games and everything I needed for our reading series words.
I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. 
I'd heard of Dolch words, but wasn't exactly sure what they were.

I dove in, head first!
I had kids on every Dolch list. 
Trying to keep track of who was where was tricky!
Every Friday I would make individual flashcards for the words each kid needed to be working on.
I'd copy two sets.
One for home, which was laminated.
One for school to keep in their book boxes.

After all was said and done, switching to Dolch words was one of the best decisions!
I learned a lot last year!!!

To make this year a little easier, I created this fun little pack!
My kids will be rockin' their Dolch words! :)
(and I'll feel a little more organized!)

I found a site that had the words in order by frequency. 
So I went with that!

I broke the words up into groups or 7 or 8.  
There are a few lists that have 9.
So in all, there are 28 mini lists.
Each week (or however often you'd like) each kiddo gets a new list.
The lists come in color and black & white.

You can send the lists home.
You can make little books out of them.
The kids can read them with a buddy.
You can hang them up around the room to practice.
There are lots of ways to use them!

There are also flashcards that correspond with each mini list.
Each page of flashcards is labeled with the list number and the Dolch words list it belongs to.

Just copy them and have the kids cut them out!
You can send them home in baggies, use a brass fastener, or attach them to a ring.
I'm going to have them keep one set at school and another at home.

There is also a game board for each Dolch list, just for a little extra practice.

Now for the teacher-y part of the pack!
Obviously, all of this needed a cute binder to keep everything in order.
I included a few different color options!
(spines are included too!!!)

In my binder, I have individual recording sheets for all 28 mini lists. 
Each one is labeled with the list number and the Dolch list is corresponds to.
I included LOTS of columns on them.
Last year my assessment lists only had a few boxes and it got super duper messy!
Check marks and x's everywhere.
Messy.  Super messy.
I don't like messy! ;)

Then there is a class recording sheet.
Here you can keep track of where each student is!
Just write the date the kids were tested, the list they were on, and their percentage.
You can include their overall score for the Dolch list they're working on.
OR you can use the mini list number.
I have a page for both. :)

 **these are not real scores**

 Last, but not least, are the award pages.
Give these to your kids when they've completed a Dolch list! :)

I can't wait to see this with my new class!!!!!!
Are you ready for your kids to build fluency and rock their Dolch words?! :)

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