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Superspeedy readers
3 Jan, 2013. 11 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Language, Free. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have you tried the whole brain teaching game called superspeed reading with your class yet? If not, I must say to go for it. My kiddos really enjoy this game and are always trying to “beat their score.” 
To play this game you need a list of words that your students are working on. You can use sight words, high frequency words, spelling words, vocabulary words, you name it, you can use it. 
This week some of my students will use this sheet: 
This sheet has 50 words on it. You will notice that they repeat, repeat, repeat.  (This helps reading them become more automatic)
 While other students will be using this sheet:
This sheet has 100 words on it. The top 50 are our high frequency words we are working on this week and the lower half include our spelling pattern for the week as well as our high frequency words. 
My high group will be working on a combo of fourth grade sight words and moon themed words as we will be studying the moon this week. (Visual Lesson Plans to come!) 
Your students will need to be partnered for this activity. Sit them close together and have them work together to read as many words as they can in one minute. Students will ping pong back and forth reading the words. So student one will read the first word and student two will read the second word. 
As you can see they have to sit very close to each other and work together to beat their scores. 
I use this game as a warm up in guided reading and have my students play it twice a day. They like to play a second time to beat their scores! 
For more information on superspeed reading please check out the whole brain teaching page and become a member! You can download a whole superspeed reading packet that your students can use. Their packs are FREE and include the first 100 most common sight words and the 1000 most common used sight words. 
In my class I go back and forth between using their packs and creating my own. Since our curriculum focuses on specific high frequency words each week, I also like my students to practice and master them along with the 1-1000 common sight words! 
If you would like my pack of this week’s words feel free to download them here:

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11 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be checking out the whole brain teaching page!

    Sarah
    Learning is for Superstars
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  2. Thanks so much for this!!!…I would have never thought of writing venn diagrams on their seats. I’m gonna try that. Thanks for sharing!!
    Christy
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  3. What a great activity..definitely trying it with my class! :)

  4. Liz -

    Wow, thanks for sharing! I just started learning about WBT so this is new to me.

  5. Hi Kristen! I LOVE whole brain teaching! I just mentioned that it my post tonight! My students do SuperSpeed and LOVE it! I made up a Superhero Sayings which is phrases to increase fluency based on SuperSpeed too! I haven’t started that yet though. I was going to wait to get through SuperSpeed and the One Breath boxes we do! I can’t wait to let students write on their desks!!!
    Kim
    TheVeryBusyFirstGraders

  6. I am a first grade teacher as well. I am new to WBT, but I am so excited to try SuperSpeed with my little cuties! I have a question for you about the WBT website. I clicked to download the 1000 words, but it said I needed to agree to share the site with 10 people. Did you do this?

  7. I was also wondering the same thing…how do you “show evidence” that you have shared this with ten teachers. I would love to download the product, but I don’t want to break any rules.
    Thanks!

  8. Becca, maybe if we share emails we could just use each other’s as evidence??

  9. I have been using the Whole Brain Superspeed 1000, but I love your idea of doing it with vocabulary words as well as spelling words. Would you be willing to share your format so I can change the words to fit our reading series? Thanks so much for this post!

  10. What a great idea! I’ve seen something similar to this but not actually like it. I like the partner thing. It makes them both pay attention to the activity. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to try it with my second graders.

  11. I was unable to find the TWB link for their spelling lists. Is there a way you can send me a copy? It’d be much appreciated!!

    emily.smith@cwcsilverlake.org

11 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing! I’ll be checking out the whole brain teaching page!

    Sarah
    Learning is for Superstars
    My TPT Store
    Pinterest

  • Thanks so much for this!!!…I would have never thought of writing venn diagrams on their seats. I’m gonna try that. Thanks for sharing!!
    Christy
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  • What a great activity..definitely trying it with my class! :)

  • Liz -

    Wow, thanks for sharing! I just started learning about WBT so this is new to me.

  • Hi Kristen! I LOVE whole brain teaching! I just mentioned that it my post tonight! My students do SuperSpeed and LOVE it! I made up a Superhero Sayings which is phrases to increase fluency based on SuperSpeed too! I haven’t started that yet though. I was going to wait to get through SuperSpeed and the One Breath boxes we do! I can’t wait to let students write on their desks!!!
    Kim
    TheVeryBusyFirstGraders

  • I am a first grade teacher as well. I am new to WBT, but I am so excited to try SuperSpeed with my little cuties! I have a question for you about the WBT website. I clicked to download the 1000 words, but it said I needed to agree to share the site with 10 people. Did you do this?

  • I was also wondering the same thing…how do you “show evidence” that you have shared this with ten teachers. I would love to download the product, but I don’t want to break any rules.
    Thanks!

  • Becca, maybe if we share emails we could just use each other’s as evidence??

  • I have been using the Whole Brain Superspeed 1000, but I love your idea of doing it with vocabulary words as well as spelling words. Would you be willing to share your format so I can change the words to fit our reading series? Thanks so much for this post!

  • What a great idea! I’ve seen something similar to this but not actually like it. I like the partner thing. It makes them both pay attention to the activity. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to try it with my second graders.

  • I was unable to find the TWB link for their spelling lists. Is there a way you can send me a copy? It’d be much appreciated!!

    emily.smith@cwcsilverlake.org

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