Fry Word List - Grade One
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.
- ACTIVITY ONE: Find the card
- Using the flashcards you've worked on so far, have an adult or older child arrange the flashcards to form a sentence or phrase.
- Read the sentence with/to the child
- Remove one of the dolch words from the sentence and put it back in the pile (you may want to make the pile smaller in the beginning to make the activity easier).
- Give the pile to the child and have them find the correct card to place back in the sentence.
- Re-read the sentence.
- ACTIVITY TWO: Which word makes sense?
- have an adult arrange the flashcards to form a sentence, leaving one card out.
- read the incomplete sentence with/to the child.
- present between 2 and 5 cards to the child (one of them should make the sentence complete)
- have the child chose which is the correct card
- re-read the sentence with the card chosen. Talk about whether it makes sense or not.
- ACTIVITY THREE: Make phrases and sentences.
- Give the children all of the flash cards you have learned so far.
- Have them rearrange the flash cards in different ways to make phrases or sentences.
- Encourage them to print their sentences and phrases onto a piece of paper. You can make simple phrases like "morning and night" or full sentences like "My best friend and I like to play ball."
- Rather than printing the sentences you can just have fun organizing and reorganizing the cards during free time.