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Superspeed Reading
1 Dec, 2012. 1 Comment. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Reading. Posted By: Kristen Smith

I’m sure by now most of you have heard of Whole Brain Teaching.  Whole Brain Teaching has revolutionized my teaching, my student’s learning and me as a teacher. I.LOVE.IT.

There are so many great things about WBT but today I want to highlight one of our favorite games to play in class.

If you go to the WBT website {http://www.wholebrainteaching.com} you can sign up to get TONS of FREE resources. Yes, I said, FREE. Best of all, they are GREAT resources.

Under the “goodies” tab, click on “superspeed reading.” Under this tab you can get awesome powerpoint presentations that help students read their sight words quickly.

In our class I have a TV that is hooked up to my classroom so I display the slideshow on this. For those of you who have a Smart board, I think you can display this on that!

The way the slide show works is it flashes the sight words one at a time for students to read. The pacing gets faster and faster and is divided into “levels.” Each level ends with a nonsense word that students have to decode to read correctly. My students always want to see if they can beat the next level and this motivates them to read each word quickly and correctly.

Most of the time we play whole group where the students read the words all together but occasionally we play girls versus boys to see which group can read the “best.” (Whenever we play girls versus boys games I always make sure to remind my students that we play games for FUN and for PRACTICE and at the end we always say, “good game.” This helps cut down on the rivalry, hurt feelings and develops teamwork as we are working towards the common goal of learning!)

Under the downloads tab (which is on the right side column) you can also find powerpoints for rhyming, grammar, and more!

After we have played this game a few times whole group, I put it on our student computers and my students will play the game when they are at the computers. Their goal is to recognize more and more words. If they do not know a word, they push the space bar and ask their friend sitting next to them if they will read them the word. This helps them use their resources (their peers) and increase the number of words they can read right away!

I also tell my parents that they can use this at home with their children. The more words students can recognize quickly, they better and better they will get at reading!

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  1. Thanks for sharing about WBT. I love it! I will have to revisit the sight and download those powerpoints!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  • Thanks for sharing about WBT. I love it! I will have to revisit the sight and download those powerpoints!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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