SIX TRADE BOOKS
These six books are published by Random House and can be ordered
from any book store. They provide a good way to branch out from three-letter
words and tackle high priority words with different spelling patterns. The limited
number of words in each book gives you a chance to devote time to words like
what and where, which are so difficult--and so essential--for young beginners.
These books have vocabularies of 12, 24, 75, or 100 words:
Inside, Outside, Upside Down - 24 words, including down and went
Bears On Wheels - 12 words, including three and again
Ten Apples Up On Top - 75 words, 56 of them new, including what and want
By "new," I mean that they weren't in the preceding books.
Go Do Go - 75 words, 40 of them new, including there and where
Put Me in the Zoo - 100 words, 42 of them new, including could, would, and should
Are You My Mother - 100 words, 35 of them new, including were and who
First graders like these books, and being familiar with them gives a child a
chance to read them fluently--provided that the words are prepared ahead of time.
These materials provide the necessary preparation for all the words:
The Transition Packets and Cards All these cards and games use the Color Code to translate the vowel sounds.
This way, your pupils can decode their sight words, even the ones with irregular
spellings, minimizing the look-and-guess reading that occurs when a child has to
reconcile sight words with sounded-out words.
The words are numbered in a way that makes it easy for you to plan your lessons
around the words you need without wasting time on the words you don't need. (With
a beginner, you may need them all.)
Having the words well prepared means that a child can really read the books
and not just recite them from memory the way pre-schoolers so often--and so