A big welcome and thank you goes out Amy for sharing this fabulous article. This activity would also be a great RTI intervention.
Popcorn words are always "popping" up. They are the most frequently occurring words our students encounter as readers. Being able to read these words without hesitation not only increases reading fluency but also comprehension. I'm sure we can all agree that some students learn these words easily while others have difficulty despite our best efforts. A strategy that I use to help my little friends that struggle with popcorn words is one that I learned during my Montessori training -- the 3 period lesson. And no you don't have to teach in a Montessori classroom to use this. I don't! I only focus on 3 words at time. I've found that my students are most successful when there are no more than 3 words. As it's name suggests, the 3 period lesson is comprised of 3 different parts to the lesson. During the first period, you introduce the words by showing them a card with each word written on it. Let's say the 3 words you are focusing on are: like, my, no. Show them the word card for "like". Say this is "like". Have them look at the word and repeat it after you. Introduce the next 2 words in the same way. By now your cards should be laid out like this.
here to get a free copy of the popcorn word cards.
A variation of this is Sight Word Parking Lot.
A huge thanks to Mrs. Miner for allowing me the opportunity to guest blog today. I was estatic to have this opportunity and equally as nervous. I hope you all will stop by and visit me at The Kindergarten Center. I love meeting new friends!