Each week, first graders in Room 123 are introduced to two high-frequency words: words that occur often in students’ reading and writing but can sometimes be difficult to decode or encode. These are words readers and writers need to know in a snap.
During the week, students get to know these words well. They analze the words, noting both the regular and the less-common spelling patterns in the words. They read the words in connected text, including our phonics readers and basal selections. And they practice reading them by sight.
Sometimes they read the words in whisper voices and sometimes in deep voices. But their favorite way to practice snap words is to sing them to the tune of the ABC Song: