Classroom “Reading Wall” Vocabulary Program
Print out the day’s Classroom Reading Wall “Lesson” –
tape together – and place in a location where it can be easily seen by all students (i.e. front board).
Discuss the colored vowel sound seen in each word. Have the class say the sound as you point to the colored letter(s) in each word.
In this powerful and unique step the class says the sound made by all letters up to the vowel sound. For example, if the word was “fast” – the students would say the sound made only by blending the “f” and short “a” together – “fa.” Start with the first word and have the students call out all of the “STOP AT THE VOWEL SOUNDS.” To make it easier, use your hand to cover over the letters to the right of the colored vowel sound.
Students absolutely love this entertaining procedure for beginning the memorization process of any important sound – word – or concept. Whenever the teacher says the words - “COPY CAT” - the students stop whatever they are doing and are to repeat everything said or done by the teacher. The teacher can then say important sounds – words – or phrases and the entire class repeats in unison. For maintaining interest, try adding a few unrelated “yawns” – “coughs” – “noises” etc. The teacher signals the end of the activity by sliding her finger/hand across her throat.
Another fun activity! Students begin by placing both hands on the top of their desk. The teacher says the words in order (pausing 5 seconds before saying the word) but intentionally makes a mistake on one or two of the words. When students think the teacher has made a mistake, they raise their hand and say the correct word - (This technique increases student concentration, thereby enhancing memorization).
The teacher calls on a student to say the words in order but uses a stopwatch – timer – (or classroom clock) to time how many seconds it takes to say the list. Write the student’s name and time on the board. Repeat this process with several students to see who has the fastest time. This mild competition makes for a fun and exciting activity.
The last word on this list is called the “Word of the Day.” It is typically harder than the other phonics based list words and therefore, requires much more time to commit to memory.
The next step is to further solidify memorization of the words by using a powerful memorizing technique known as “Recognition Memory.” Pass out the appropriate LESSON worksheet available from the Vocabulary Building section on our web site (or CD). Following SKILL 1 Directions -The teacher then calls out each word (or definition clue) in random order. Students are to then look over the Reading Wall words and choose the correct answer and write it on the worksheet. Students then complete Skill 2 and 3 on their own.