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#7 Around the World

Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Around The World
Grades 1, 2, and 3

Materials Needed
- On 3" by 5" cards, using a black felt pen, print Dolch words in large letters, one word per card. Rubber band the cards together. Add new Dolch words as they are introduced to the students. Many teachers keep a separate set of word cards for each reading group.

Goal Statement
Students will read Dolch words.

State Standard Addressed
In this section, the teacher cites the state standard focused on in the lesson.

Review Previous Skills
To play this game, students should be able to read at least 10 Dolch words.

Anticipatory Set
The teacher should say, "Today we are going to play a new reading game called Around the World. It is a lot of fun!"

Introduce any new Dolch words to the students.

Guided Practice
Around the World is played in a reading group or group of students sitting in chairs in a circle around the teacher. Five to 10 students is an ideal number of students.

One child stands up behind the chair of the student sitting beside him/her. The teacher holds up a word card. The first student of the two to read the card moves on to stand behind the chair of the next student in the circle. The teacher holds up another card and the first student of those two to read it moves on to stand behind the next student in the circle. This continues throughout the game. If two students read the word simultaneously, say, "Tie" and show another word.

Any student who makes it "Around the World," i.e.; moves completely around the circle and back to his chair without missing a word, he or she may choose a student to stand up and take the next turn.

Independent Practice

Read the entire set of words all together.

Play this game briefly several times per week.