I just laminate a list of the words on regular paper, one for each student. Then, I cut them out and hole punch them. I have used cardstock, but laminated regular paper is fine. This is a "class set" that I keep by our writing table. For the children, the first word on their keychain is their name. After I give these to the children, I suggest that we hook them right onto their backpacks for safe keeping! This way, the children know where they are so they don't lose them, and the children have built in sight word practice for the bus ride! I also remind them to ask for help if they want to take the keychain off their bags so the words don't fly all over! (Yes, it does still happen sometimes, but they learn what not to do for next time!)
I usually give these to the class when we learn the letter "Kk." We do key tracing. I hot-glue a key to a piece of cardboard and the kids put it under a piece of paper and crayon-rub over it. I have many different shape keys and we use different colors. This is lots of fun, especially making rainbow keys!
We make a Keys to Kindness book, where each child writes and illustrates a way he/she can be kind on a key shaped paper, which I laminate and make into a class book. These are a couple sample pages.
You could use these shapes for the book pages. I think I had my key paper from YEARS ago that I used.
I also have key shaped cut-outs with sight words on each key and a magnet on back that I have out at free choice time for the children to use as "Key Words" when they play "school." Yes, that is a favorite free choice activity... playing "school." So sweet.
I had LOTS of keys ( from Math Their Way sorting tubs!), but I just ordered an inexpensive bunch from ebay to have more to use, since the children keep their keys with the keychains. In years past, I have even gone to hardware stores and gotten some keys from them that they no longer used.
I have a set of Days of the Week keys, too. You can do any sets you like. One year, I had one little boy who just could not remember how to spell his name. I made him a special keychain with a letter on each card to spell his name, and he read and read them over and over- and he got it! I think it is the REAL key that is the fascination for the children! They have all sorts of ideas as to what it may unlock- the "learning part" is just an added bonus!
I put together my favorite sight word videos on both my Beginning Reading Prezi
and my Learning is Fun Prezi. These makes it so easy to quickly fit in some sight word practice whenever we have a few minutes! I LOVE using the Prezis in the classroom!
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