Literacy 4-6

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High Frequency Word List


Easy access to high frequency words promotes sight word recognition as students see the words repeatedly. In addition to increasing Vocabulary, a visual reference also reduces the load on Working Memory as students write.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher explains how she and her students use a sight words wall in a combined 3rd and 4th grade class. By posting high frequency words on a board, students can reference them while writing.

  • External memory aids allow students to more readily recognize and remember words. Posting word lists of high frequency words and having students create their own personal charts help them hold these spellings in their Short-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Students can also build these skills by having a place where they can refer to common spelling words on their screen. A digital spelling chart can be a pop-out window remaining on the screen that could also be editable and change based on individual student needs.
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