Monday, August 6, 2012

Make This Simple Center Today!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Hi, Everybody!

I have a super simple project for you today. "Searching for Words" is an activity for scanning text for high frequency words. All you need to do is gather a collection of passages and decide on your focus words. I've usually used newspaper or magazine articles, but you could also copy a page from an old textbook or even write up a short passage of your own.  Old children's magazines are a great source. Public libraries often sell or give away discarded copies. Once you have your text selected, look through it to find 3 different sight words that are used multiple times.

1. Print the form below on cardstock.

2. Select the text you'll use and glue it the form.

3. Fill in the 3 target words in the form at the bottom.

4. Laminate.

5. Put a set of these in a center with wipe-off fine-line markers.

That's it! Sight word and tallying practice in one! And easy, right?

Here's a completed sample.



And here's the form you'll be printing. Click on it to get it from Google Docs!



Happy Teaching!


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19 comments:

  1. Thanks! I am thinking I will introduce the activity during guided reading and have them find words in their text and tally on the whiteboards. Great idea!

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    1. You're welcome! That should be a great way to model it, Laura!
      Linda

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  2. Someone must have helped you because I see you have 290 followers now - I am your newest one! :)

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  3. Well, you know, it's kind of weird. Tonight I discovered that the info is there, but the font is white, against the blog's creamy background. Maybe it's always been there - who knows? I went into layout to try to change it, but it didn't make a difference. But beyond that, maybe it only looks like that to me on this end, and not you guys. Well, that's okay - as long as you all can see it, that works for me!
    BTW, thanks for following. Hope that this long reply doesn't scare you off! :)

    Linda

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  4. Linda, Your font for the number of followers is in white in my view, but you are now at 294 - I just have to squint to see it.
    Thank you for the idea and the template!
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  5. You're welcome, Camille! And thanks for the info on my squinty numbers... I'm thinking I'll just have to live with it! :)

    Linda

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  6. What a great idea! I wonder if they kids would have fun using little mini magnifying glasses or fancy word finders as they search! Thanks for the download :)

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    1. I'll bet they'd love it! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

      Linda

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  7. Hello,

    I can't get the template to download. I wonder what I'm doing wrong?

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    1. Jennifer, I just tried it again and it worked. Are you clicking the bottom picture (blank template)?
      Let me know if you still have a problem, and I'll send the template via email.
      Linda

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  8. Thanks for this great idea to use as a sight word center.

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    1. You're welcome, Kaylee! I like your sight word center ideas, too. I used to do the shaving cream one. The children loved it! As you said, the room always smelled so clean afterwards ( and kind of manly! :)

      Linda

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  9. This is sooooooo cool! I can imagine many possibilities! I love that it can be differentiated to meet the needs of the reader. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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  10. You're welcome, Mrs. Yazzie! i was just thinking about adapting it to math... maybe use a piece of a supermarket ad, and they could tally the even numbers?

    Thanks for commenting!

    Linda

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  11. Love this!!! I was just doing this last week - we made a game out of finding the sight words in a picture book we were reading:) Thank you!

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    1. Good idea, Dinah! Now you have a way to extend it for independent practice.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Linda

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  12. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Arlene
    LMN Tree

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  13. You're welcome, Arlene! Thanks for stopping by.

    Linda

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