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Important Word Cards : Reading Motivators: Personalized Reference

My students have always been more motivated to learn words that are important to them. That’s why I use Important Word Cards in my classroom!

Each child has an envelope in which to keep his or her words. The child tells the teacher one word every few days or as often as manageable. The teacher says the word slowly, allowing the child to hear the sounds within the word. The child offers sounds that s/he knows, and the teacher provides the remaining sounds until the “book spelling” of the word has been written.

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Using Important Word Cards for Phonetic Development

This is a great time to jot down notes about each child’s phonetic development and plan groupings for future lessons. I know inventive spelling is very important when students are writing. However, the special words will be used in many activities, so I think it is important to have the book spelling for these words. These words could be a pet’s name, a favorite sport, a favorite toy, character, animal, etc.

Important Word Cards

Here is a FREE TpT resource in my store that provides you with a template for creating the Important Word Cards. It is important that the child’s name is in one corner of the special word cards, so this template allows you to type in students’ names and then print on card stock so that you won’t need to write each student’s name on the cards in addition to his/her important word.

Having students’ names on the cards allows them to retrieve their cards easily after a small group lesson on skills such as phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, etc. These important words are also used in group lessons. The template allows you to type each student’s name on each important word card. After a lesson, each child can retrieve his or her cards from the pocket chart. Children enjoy reading these words to each other or sorting or alphabetizing them in small groups.

Using Important Word Cards in the Classroom

Example lesson, “Who has a word with the letter p in it?” As each child brings up his or her word to add to the pocket chart, the teacher may ask the child to read it for the group, and ask follow-up questions such as, “Where do you hear the p? Where do we see the p?”

Other skills might include: short vowels, digraphs, compound words, contractions, words that rhyme with a particular word, words with silent e, and so forth. You might ask, “Who has a word with the ‘th’ sound?” As students give you their words, they can tell the class what the words are and where they hear the sound. You can focus on just about any skill.

These words can also be used when students are writing. That way, words they like to use will always be spelled correctly!

Cut on the paper cutter, and group by class sets. Then, start with one class set, and begin calling each student as his or her name appears on the top of the pile. This is an easy way to keep track of who has not yet received a word card. When you are finished with one pile, you can begin a new pile as time allows.

Type in each student’s name on the template, and print out as many sets as you need.  You might want to refer to the “Skills in Context” resource sheet in this file

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I have a FREE “Skills in Context” resource that you might find helpful for ideas of how to use the Important Word Cards with your students.

This resource can be laminated and placed in your Shared Reading area as a resource for you or a substitute during Shared Reading time.

You can read more about Shared Reading in a related blog post here.

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