Saturday, September 17, 2011

Have You Been Punched Today?

As an incentive to learn high frequency words (sight words, star words, rainbow words, popcorn words, love words, etc.), each student is given a "punch card" to track which high frequency words they have mastered.  For each reading unit, I will send home a set of HFW flashcards for the students to keep at home and practice with their parents.  A punch card containing those same words is paper-clipped (velcro) inside the students' folders.  When the students have demonstrated that he/she can read the HFW, I will punch their HFW card.  This is quick way for the parents to see which words their child has mastered and which ones need additional practice.  Once a student has all of the HFW punched on their card, they will receive the new flashcards and a new punch card for the next set of HFW.

By clicking on the link below, you can view a sample of the parent letter and punch card that I sent home.

Parent Letter Link



  1. Is there any way that I could get a copy of the punch card that I could personlize? This would be great for my nephew's 1st grade class.


  2. I love this idea! I always send all the words home and expect the parents to be practicing. This way they see if their child continues to come home with the same words they need to get to work. How do often do you assess the kids on the words and how long does it take?

  3. You've won an award on my blog!

  4. I would love a copy of the punch card, if you wouldn't mind! What a great idea you have!!!

  5. How do you make the cards? Print them out on cardstock?

  6. Mrs. Magee....THANK YOU! Please keep coming back for more!

    Laura...copy the cards onto card stock. It is more durable. Laminate (if you want). Use a small binder clip to clip into the folder flap inside their folder. If you use rainbow words, you could use different colored card stock for each set.

    Annie...I try to assess the kids once a week. Some students will stay on a set for awhile and some students will move on pretty fast.

    Mrs. Glennon's Beach Buddies, Laura, Anonymous, and other Rockstar teachers...if you e-mail us at you will get a copy of the punch card and parent letter. Thanks for stopping!

  7. It worked!!! Well, I am happy to announce that I assessed all of my kids today, and I had seven kids that knew all of their Star Words on card one. They were proudly chatting with their friends about how many star punches they earned. I am SO happy that they are as excited as I had hoped they would be! Yippee! Now I hope the enthusiasm continues when they get their next Star Card with new words. LuAnn

  8. I love all the Name ideas! Where did you get the font for the playdoh names?


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