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mes 07-01-2018 08:29 PM

I have used the second list you posted. I bought the little sentence strips at Dollar Tree and wrote them all out. Took time but it has proven to be a great resource for my strugglers.

Take on me 06-28-2018 05:53 AM

We have a phonics program we are doing through Journeys that has a weekly phonics pattern to learn. I did the spelling words of those last year and most kids mastered them, but their everyday spelling was atrocious. I will still be using the weekly phonics for their independent work time, but the Fry words for their spelling tests.

I also researched Fastbridge (CBM-R and aReading) and the passages are heavy on sight words.

teacherwriter 06-25-2018 02:27 AM

I just finished a job where I used the Fry lists for sight words. Note that many of the words are not sight words. The lists were assembled by tabulating how often certain words appeared in certain texts; the more frequent ones are at the top of the list. Anyway, many of the words follow spelling patterns. If you just grab the next 15 on the Fry list, you will have multiple spelling patterns represented on your list, and that doesn't help students learn the patterns. More likely, they'll just memorize, and that's tough to transfer to unknown words. I built spelling lists around a particular pattern and then used the Fry lists as a source of sight words only, so I skipped Fry words that fit a pattern and used only the true sight words as added words on the list. My class was very small, so I individualized each student's sight word list, but I can see how that wouldn't work for a regular classroom. Each student had 5 sight words a week.

TheGr8Catsby 06-23-2018 10:31 AM

I always use the second one you posted, just because.

Fry phrases are just phrases that people have written using Fry Words. Fry Words are are the most common 1,000 words ranked in order. Other people have grouped the words together to make phrases. There is a concrete set of Fry Words. There is not a concrete set of Fry Phrases because they were not written by Dr. Fry.

dee 06-22-2018 11:43 AM

The little boy is for younger kids.

The people is for older students. You'll notice that the phrases seem more "mature."

Could be a way to differentiate. Otherwise, use the set you like best.

mlady4 06-22-2018 09:09 AM

Thank you!

Take on me 06-22-2018 08:06 AM

Here is the other one I talked about.

Take on me 06-22-2018 08:05 AM

I teach third and I have noticed my students have a very hard time with sight words. After much research, I am going to do the Fry sight words and phrases in my classroom. I am going to send home 15 words a week for spelling words. On the page I send home, the left side has the words and the right side with have the phrase with the word in it so it is used in context (and as homework they will complete the phrases). However, in searching for the phrases, I have found two different sets of the Fry Instant Phrases. One is in 24 groups of 25 words, each phrase has three words (the first one is the little boy). The other starts with The people. I am including the two files (this post the the next post.

Does anyone know why there are two different sets of Fry phrases and if it matters which one I use?

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