One of the skills that I really make a point to hit hard with my first graders is Sight Words. Doing flashcards can get old real fast, so I've devised a motivational system to encourage my students to want to master these words.
First I started with the 220 Dolch Sight Words. They're neatly divided into lists here. I tested each of my kiddos and put all the words they didn't know on flashcards. Each student has a different set of words that they're practicing.
Then I had them decorate a fish and mounted it on a small bulletin board (I added wavy water strips for effect):
The kids are super excited and they're working harder than ever. Hopefully by the end of the year, they'll know all 220 words!!
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