This activity is set up as a station in the gym for k-2. I had the students on Bosu Balls. If you don’t have Bosu balls you could do the same activity jumping on anything; a spot marker, spring board……
I have sight word flash cards in a box in front of the Bosu Balls. Students take turns turning over a sight word card. They then say the word, and spell the word, one letter for each time they jump on Bosu Ball.
For example, if the word is LOOK. The students are jump and say “Look”. Then jump and say “L, O, O, K,” and repeat the word “Look” totalling 6 jumps.
kindergarteners used letter cards. They had a card that had a T on it . They jumped and said “T says ttt” (phonetic sound of T). They would jump 3 times. They then repeated with each letter three times.
Doing the same letter in groups assured if there was a student who couldn’t read the site word or who didn’t know the letter, they would hear the other students and be corrected. I gave the students instructions that if they didn’t have someone in their group who knew the word for sure to come and ask me. Students are working on balanced jumping and reading…authentic integration!
On day 13, I am grateful for Deanna, one of our super first grade teachers who helped me develop this reading station.