So, what's the game plan? How do we maximize exposure to letter and word recognition in order to help students be READY for end of school assessments and first grade? I have a three step approach that is helping my lowest tier students make serious gains in letters, sounds and sight word recognition. I so use my own resources, but you could adapt what you may already have to this plan.
Each day, I rotate my lowest tier through three critical, must-do stations/centers. The first station is our student computer station where I have our alphabet and sight word power points ready to go. I like to partner students at this station because it becomes slightly competitive, more fun, and it keeps them on task. My alphabet slideshow states the letter, the sound it makes and the object name for each letter.
Students chant this along with the recorded voice two times (the slideshow loops until students hit the escape key, and my students know to do this at the end of the second round). Students immediately begin our sight word slideshow, and at this point in the year, I have added short sentences that use each word to help build fluency.
After this slideshow station is completed each morning, students move to the second station: a group led activity where students draw a card from the game bin, make the word with gems, then find and color the word on a recording sheet.
The activity above is from my February-March Sight Words Set
At the end of this activity, students read the words off the recording sheet to myself or my A+ tutor. If we are not available, they may read the sheet to a student who knows all of the words. They are allowed to stamp the paper and get a sticker from the sticker bucket after they have read the words.
The last station they must go to is my group table, and this is during rest time every day. We work on the letters, words and fluency sentences individually. This must be a daily activity for it to begin to stick! We locate the letters on the alphabet chartlet, put the chartlet letters in order, write the letters, locate objects that also begin with the sounds and much more. The set I use can be printed as chartlets that you can cut apart and bag for students to use when doing the aforementioned activities at the small group table.
Good luck with the rest of your school year. Remember to smile every day because you are the bright spot to their success in learning!