Movement, action, excitement, pretending, play; all things kids love. When we can incorporate these things into learning to read, we’ve hit the memorization jackpot. Engagement instantly goes up and retention of information skyrockets. To top it all off, having students performing actions while practicing the words they are learning helps their brains to recall the information they have learned. Add a pinch of color in there and viola! Instant success. And if all of this isn’t enough…acting words out is simply so much FUN!!!
Keep reading to find out how you can incorporate this fun and interactive strategy into your classroom!
Types of Actions
When considering what actions you’d like to have your students do, there are many different variations you can choose from. They can include:
- Voice variations
- Animal moves
- Sporting moves
- Action moves
- Dance moves
Making this a consistent routine in your classroom will ensure the most success. While acting words out is super fun and your students will love it no matter how often it’s done, practicing the same words over and over again day after day will produce the best results. If it seems like time is a constraint and there is no way you can fit this in every day, start with just once a week. Then move to 3 times a week. You can slowly work your way up to doing this every day and the more you do it, the easier it will flow and you’ll see just how quick and it easy it will fit right into your already busy schedule.
Another great thing about having Act It Out cards is that you can create a second set for your students to use independently at a literacy center. This rotation is a hit and if your managment style allows for free center choice, this center always fills up fast!
You can even send a black and white set home with students to practice their words at home or while doing their homework.
The best part is that acting words out doesn’t have to just be for sight words. You can use it to practice:
- Spelling words
- Vocabulary words
- Color words
- Number words
Or any words that you want your students to know and remember.
Students can even come up with their own ideas of how to act words out. It helps them take ownership over their learning and you’d be surprised at what wonderful, creative ideas they come up with!
You can create your own or check out the ready to go set below: