Thursday, September 6, 2012

Free Autumn Sight Word Phrases

          
Once upon a time in the primary grades, comprehension skills were "taught" only after foundational reading skills like decoding and sight words had been mastered. Now research has shown us that comprehension instruction needs to begin even before a child reads - with listening comprehension, as children listen to stories and even in conversations! What seems so obvious now would have been a wild and crazy thought. Once upon a time.

Now we also know that the reading skill/strategy of fluency plays a critical role in comprehension. Now we nip that word-by-word reading in the bud - hooray!! Fluent reading, in terms of appropriate rate, phrasing, and expression, have a direct effect on comprehension.

Here's a set of 19 free autumn sight word phrase cards that you can put in a literacy center for independent or partner practice. The theme is fall, so your students will also be increasing their familiarity with basic fall seasonal words like apple, pumpkin, rake, and leaves. Click here to download your copy!







Happy Teaching!





21 comments:

  1. What a great freebie! Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah

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  2. My pleasure, Sarah! Thanks for your kind comment!

    Linda

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  3. Linda this is wonderful. I know how important fluency is to comprehension. I have worked with so many struggling readers and ESL students . Thanks for sharing.
    Arlene,
    LMN Tree

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    1. You're welcome, Arlene! Remember how we used to listen to those poor intermediate kids struggle with weak fluency, and agonize for them? So glad that much of that has changed!
      Nice of you to comment!

      Linda

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  4. This is very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Kim ... glad they will be of help to you!

      Linda

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  5. Thanks for the freebie - my ESL kids will love it!

    Sue
    SOS-Supply

    www.sos-supply.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Sue! I'm glad it will be useful for you!

      Linda

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  6. Thanks for the freebie! I love using sight word phrases with my students to build fluency. I am a new follower! Stop by my blog and say Hi sometime!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  7. You're welcome, Karen! "An Apple a Day"... what a perfect name for a teacher blog, especially in the fall! I'll stop by!

    Linda

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  8. Hi, Linda--I found your freebie on the Manic Monday link-up. I liked your use of color in your sight words and phrases. Helps to associate them with one another. Thanks for sharing!
    Kristen
    Aspire to Inspire

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  9. Thanks for sharing! I love having my firsties practice fluency and make real life connections! This is perfect for FALL! Thanks! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

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  10. I agree, Wendy! Working in context is so much more effective, whether it's the context of other words or the larger context of real-life connections.
    Thanks so much for your comment!

    Linda

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  11. You are so great to share an awesome resource. These Fall Sight Word Phrases are really helpful. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Best wishes!
    Jen :)

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    1. I hope your kiddos will enjoy using them, Jen! Happy Fall!
      Linda

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  12. Thanks so much, Linda. These are terrific!

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