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Assessment Tool 1-6 High Frequency Words to recognize automatically at their What is it? grade level. High Frequency words appear many more Develop a word wall of high times than most other words in spoken or frequency words. written language. Basic word lists provide words ranked in order of their frequency of What can families do to help at home? occurrence as calculated from a sample of Go on a Word Hunt in the written or spoken text suitable for the level of newspaper and highlight intended use. selected words from the High- Frequency Reading list. Why is it important? Count the number of times a Fluency in reading comes from automatic selected high frequency word recognition of frequently used words in is used in a favorite cartoon printed material. Many of the words are ones strip or in advertising copy for that cannot be decoded through phonics, such a favorite toy. as „the” and “of”. Report the number of times you found this word at school How do you administer this assessment? the next day. 1. Materials: Play games with high Appropriate word list ( 2 frequency word flash cards, copies , one for student use and play “Go fish”, one for teacher recording) “Concentration”, etc. Stop watch Pen/pencil 2. Administration: Students read orally, one list at a time. Highlight correct response. End test when five consecutive errors occur. 3. Scoring and Analysis: Mastery Level Count up totals. Show next list and ask student to look for additional The minimum that should be mastered at each known words. grade level is the “one hundred” that coincides with the grade level of the student. Example; First Grade – First One Hundred What are the Instructional Implications? Fourth Grade – Fourth Hundred Have students identify and circle the high-frequency words in The list should be included in the child‟s classroom reading materials . “language folder”. Let students use magnetic letters to “make and break” the more frequently read sight words. In 5-minute intense word work, focus on words that students need 5/4/2011 PLM
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