This post continues with this summer’s ocean theme with a FREE Fry words levels 1a and 1b activity for emergent readers. It also has a play scene with the recent toys Safari Ltd. sent to us (clownfish and dolphin). It is so much fun to play with these items with ocean fever going on this summer! We wanted to sneak in a little more learning, also. Since we are working on Fry words 1a and 1b, it seemed like we needed to do a little more fishing.
First, a play scene helped set the stage for learning activities.
And here is the dolphin, too. Look at how she made it swim in pretend water!
On to the learning! I made a card printable with Fry words. Fry words are sight words that simply cannot be sounded out (especially over and over for automaticity and fluency). They have to be learned and memorized for automatic recall. The printable word cards used as a fishing game can help with the necessary practice. We printed the words, laminated them, and added metal clips. We used a magnet we had on hand but many variations of clips and magnets will work. The words were spread on a blue sheet all crumpled to look like water waves. Fishing for words can be done indoors when it is rainy outside.
The printable includes levels 1a and 1b with our recent ongoing ocean theme. If two copies are printed, a memory game could be played. The words might be used on a word wall in a classroom. There are 3 empty cards for writing other sight words, too.
We hope you have fun with these and that they help some emergent readers.
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.