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contributed by Leanne Guenther
In this section I've included a series of flashcards that can be printed and used to reinforce learning, the complete list of grade one Fry words (see bottom page) and some activity ideas for using the flashcards.
I like to introduce the sheets one at a time. Once a child has mastered reading the sheet, I move on to the next one. After a week -- about one sheet per day -- the children should be introduced to four or five sheets. At this point, I introduce the dotted line (trace) sheets and the picture clue nouns and we keep playing with those for another three weeks (so the five sheets last about a month of teaching time). The kids can practice printing the words and arranging them in sentences or short phrases.
There are some general noun cards listed on this page, but the fry cards can also be used in conjunction with the themed sentence sequencing picture clue cards to keep things exciting -- for example you can use Easter cards during Easter, Noah's Ark cards when studying the Bible or Farm animals cards when doing a farm thematic unit.
You'll notice I have not presented them in alphabetical order. Doing all the words with the same letter at once can be difficult for some children. I've put them in groups that I consider to be the most efficient for learning, allowing children to make common sentences and phrases as quickly as possible.
The flashcards can simply be held up, giving the child the opportunity to
read each one. But if you're looking for a more engaging activity, try
combining the Fry flashcards with the noun picture flashcards for a variety of
activities (I've listed some suggestions here from simplest to hardest). If
you're printing the cards for one of the higher grades, you should consider
printing the ones for previous grades as well -- the Fry words are cummulative
and you'll be able to make more complex sentences.