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#6 Rainbow Writing with Dolch Words

Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Rainbow Writing with Dolch Words
Grades K, 1, and 2

Materials Needed
- On 8 1/2" by 11" paper, print three Dolch words of your choice, 2" high, equally spaced down the paper. Each child will need one copy.
- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple crayons for each child
- A child's scissors for each student
- Optional: a large colored rainbow to display in the room.

Goal Statement
Students will learn to read three Dolch words.

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

Review Previous Skills
Children should review the Rainbow Song. "Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, makes the rainbow bright."

Anticipatory Set
The teacher should say, "Have you ever seen a rainbow?" Call on several children to answer the question and describe rainbows they have seen. Then say, "Today we are going to learn to read three sight words, but we are going to do it by coloring rainbows!"

Write the three Dolch words you have chosen for the lesson on the board in large letters. Ask the children if they recognize the first word. Help them sound out the letters. Explain any sounds that are irregular. Tell them that many sight words have to be memorized and that is their goal for these three words.

Guided Practice
Tell the students to get out their crayons.
Pass out the dittoes.

Have the children trace the first word six times, once with each color of the rainbow ? red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Do it as a group ? spelling and reading the word as they trace it. As they trace the word on top of the letters you printed on the ditto, a rainbow will form.

Follow this procedure with all three words.

Have the students cut across their papers to create three word strips.

Independent Practice
Have the students use their word strips to practice reading the words.

Ask several students to read the three Dolch words as you point to them on the board. Have the class read the words several times as you randomly point to the words.

Have the students take the words home and practice reading them, as well as write two sentences using each word for homework. (Kindergarteners will not be expected to write the sentences.)

Create a class book when the students return their homework with their sentences. Choose the most interesting sentences for the class book, especially those that can be illustrated.