Each week I progress monitor my class so I just added a Rainbow Word Assessment to my routine. Students read the list they are on and if they read through without any problems they get to move to the next color. Once they have completed all 6 levels they are proficient in the first 150 sight words (from Fry's list). It has been a HUGE motivator for my kiddos!
I've had some requests to show how I make this work in my classroom. Here are a few tips for how I make it an easy no stress center in my classroom.
#1 Keeping track of copies!When I started out I made the EXACT number of copies I needed to hand out each work and that didn't work out so well. A few weeks ago I took a few minutes at the end of the day to make a big stack of each color. I'm keeping them in the file folder that I use to file student work. This has worked out great!
Now I can grab whatever color the student needs and attach it with their weekly work packet. Easy peasy!
#2 Keeping activities availableI found these GREAT little containers at the dollar store to hold each set of words.
The activities included that work with any of the word lists are:
ABC Order- Grab 8 cards, put them in ABC order, and record them.
Word Sort- Sort and record words by 2 letters, 3 letters, 4 letters, and 5+ letters.
Pyramid Words-Write words one letter at a time to create a pyramid.
Rainbow Write- Write words in the colors of the rainbow.
Some of my kiddos just like to use the cards like flash cards and quiz a partner. I put a few sets together on rings to keep those together too.
Rainbow Words have made a HUGE difference this spring in the number of sight words my students are able to read without hesitation. The best part is the motivation I've witnessed in students I have had a hard time lighting a fire under! Suddenly they are putting in the work because they have a clear goal in mind. The success they feel as they pass each level has been a huge motivator!
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Thanks for stopping by today! We are on the downhill stretch right now....4 and half days to go. It is NOT going to be easy saying goodbye to this group (it never really is!).