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    By love2read

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    One of the things the kids like best is speed sorting. I get out my stopwatch and they sort their words as fast as they can. We do it once to practice, again to see how fast they can go and finally a last super-speed round. I always emphasize that no one is competing with anyone else. They are trying to improve on their own performance.

    They also love to do word study art. I have them write their words and then draw a picture around them so they are "hidden". Then they switch with someone else in their group and find the words. Sometimes they make shapes (flowers, stars, circles) and write their words along the edges of the shape (like a shape poem). These are good for early in the week when they are getting used to the words.

    Be sure you include some work on the vocabulary side of word study, like writing the words in sentences or a story. Sometimes kids just memorize these lists so to work against that I always ask for a challenge word for each column on my test so they have to remember and use the sort rule.

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