Monday, October 18, 2010

Learning to Read and Learning English

Learn English in 20 days!

107 words make up over 50% of the words you read and speak!
1000 words make up 75-80% of the words you read and speak!
5,000 words make up 85-90% of the words you read and speak!

Start with the words you already know that are common in both languages!

Cognate Examples:
English Spanish

accident accidente
accidental accidental
accompany (to) acompañar
acrobatic acrobático(a)
active activo (a)
activities actividades
admire (to) admirar

Complete Cognates for English/Spanish 

Build your own English language dictionary with phrases, definitions,
and important examples of key vocabulary including cognates.

Use the 1000 most used words in English as the foundation of your
self-made language dictionary. The First 100      Source Wiki

a · about · after · all · and · any · an · are · as · at · been · before · be · but · by · can 
· could · did · down · do · first · for · from · good · great · had · has · have · her · he · 
him · his ·if · into · in · is · its · it · I · know · like · little · made · man · may · men · 
me · more · Mr · much · must · my · not · now · no · of · on · one · only · or · other 
· our · out · over · said ·see · she · should · some · so · such · than · that · the · their
 · them · then · there · these · they · this · time · to · two · upon · up · us · very ·
 was · were · we · what · when · which ·who · will · with · would · you · your

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Dolch word list
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dolch Word List is a list of frequently used words compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD. The list was prepared in 1936. The list was originally published in his book Problems in Reading in 1948. Under the copyright laws in effect during the time of publication, the Dolch word list is out of copyright.

Dolch compiled the list based on children's books of his era. The list contains 220 "service words" that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency in English. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.

Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” using common sound-to-letter implicit phonics patterns and have to be learned by sight; hence the alternative term, “sight word." Although the list is divided into grades, for native English speakers, all the words in the Dolch should be mastered by the end of 1st grade

Dolch words

Pre-primer: a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you
Primer: all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes
1st Grade: after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, giving, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, when
2nd Grade: always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don't, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your
3rd Grade: about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm
Nouns: apple, baby, back, ball, bear, bed, bell, bird, birthday, boat, box, boy, bread, brother, cake, car, cat, chair, chicken, children, Christmas, coat, corn, cow, day, dog, doll, door, duck, egg, eye, farm, farmer, father, feet, fire, fish, floor, flower, game, garden, girl, good-bye, grass, ground, hand, head, hill, home, horse, house, kitty, leg, letter, man, men, milk, money, morning, mother, name, nest, night, paper, party, picture, pig, rabbit, rain, ring, robin, Santa Claus, school, seed, sheep, shoe, sister, snow, song, squirrel, stick, street, sun, table, thing, time, top, toy, tree, watch, water, way, wind, window, wood

Learn the first 1000 English words making flash cards. Then over time learn 
the first 2000 most used English words saying them over and over, writing and
listening. Make flash cards to learn the 200 most used sayings, metaphors, 
expressions, cognates, and phrases. Learn the words and phrase by sight, 
sound and articulation through repetition.

Reading Boot Camp is used during the first 20 days of school to learn the
basics of English literacy. We spend 120 hours reading, singing, articulating,
writing, and focusing on building the foundations in word and phrase knowledge.
The Program is fast, rigorous, challenging, and fun.

Dear Teachers,
I think the whole school should do READING BOOT CAMP; because I went from a 210 to a 234 (NWEA MAP)my reading lexile went from a 685 to a 1110 in 20 days ! In the morning we out what we call a speller. A speller is a book filled with, fluency drills, poems, national reading vocabulary and kung fu words, kung fu words are academic words by grade level we need to MASTER that are realy hard. Another thing we do is we sit in cop cars cop cars are when one chair is facing one way and the other chair the other way. We do cop cars so both partners could see the text. When we have time we go to 2nd grade classes like Mrs. Kirkendall's class .We also go to Mrs. Benoit's class we even sung a song with them and put it on youtube. We sing songs with them to help them read more fluently ,to help them read with   expresion and to help them learn  english. Mr.Taylor on the first weeks of school for homework gave us a book with realy  hard fairy tailes.That is called the blue fairy book.after READING BOOTCAMP it made reading a book more easy. Another book we read is Because Of Winn Dixie..It's about a girl that just moved to a new place, doesnt have any friends ,that ends up meeting a dog that helps her meet friends. Mr. Taylor gives us all the same book to make sure kids are reading and so our partner can ask us questions and we can under stand the question is about. Are you wondering how we do our fluency test? What we do is we sit in cop cars..Mr.Taylor gives us one minute on the board .And we read the passage. At the end our partner tells us how we did on our words. Mr.Taylor gave us Ameracan juku to help us with our reading comprehension .Juku in Japan is like additional school to them. Vocabulary sparkle is another one of the fun things we did . Vocabulary sparkle is when Mr. Taylor gives us a word and we have to define so we know if  we studied the word and we realy studied.We get it right we get a spice drop and if we don't we have to sit down. My favorite reward is Mexican pizza .Mexican pizza is a flour tortilla with cheese pepperoni and jalapenos .the only way you get some is if you work hard . Some songs we have learned are What the world Needs now and Across the universe. We put what the world needs now on youtube .If you think all of that was fun give reading boot camp a chance and tell everyone to do reading boot camp.


  1. Thanks Sydney, you are an inspiration to my class and thousands of people everywhere learning English! You show what heart and desire can accomplish. You are the epitome of Jaime Escalante's "Ganas"

  2. Dear Sydney,
    I would love to have the same score you have!☺ So, here are all the steps I will do to get a high score! I'll....
    Practice my vocabulary words,study my flash cards, Read the book Mr.Taylor tells us to read, and I will focus and be a good-behaving student. I will pay attention to the speaker. I will do the task, and do it on time. Please teach me some words I do not know. I wish you were my teacher for a day. Your a really sweet and smart girl.♥ ;)

    Sabrina :D

  3. Anonymous said...
    Dear Sydney,It is soo true I am in the same class and reading boot camp is a great sucsess for everyone in it.Reading bot camphelp me alot.I am now starting to do your same theary.Trust me it works.This is the best thing to do with your class and school .If you realy try its a snap all you have to do is try hard at reading with fluency,and expression.Another thing we make word flash cards(as you must now)I am now studieing them 2 times a day you realy insired me thank you for helping me and every one in our also hepled me learn english you are a very nice personand a very cool freind.We all hope you grow up to be a vary sucsessfull woman.
    Your friend,
    Alexus V.

  4. Anonymous said...
    dear Sydney, Thank you. You did a good job and allot of teachers and learners know about Reading Boot Camp.What i'm going to do to help myself get higher grades in Rio Vista and my other school,is what you did make flash cards and study,study,study.I'll make sure my fluencey...actually try to make all grades grade level or above in reading,math,and writing.Also actually thats what i'm doing, writing a letter to you. What ever I geuss you did i'll do it too. (all the things that help you in reading).I hope to keep in touch with you,Frida,and sabrina.Hope you have a good HALLOWEEEEEEN!!p.s. you are a graceious and a succesful woman.(girl) sicrely your class mate michael

    October 21, 2010

  5. Anonymous said...
    Dear Sydney,you have amazing results.Im going to do what you have done to have a high score on your test.Sydney,im proud of you having the highest score in the whole school!you must practice alot from the past 25 DAYS!I SHOULD DO THE WHOLE THING WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!you should be on honor roll because you are the most intellenget,beloved student afterall!i think you should be the math presedent!i wish i was smart just like you!♥ ;D :D

    Julie ♣♦☻☻☻☻☻

    October 21, 2010 10:42 AM

  6. Anonymous said...
    Dear Sydney,
    I think your map test score is amazing and your article is amazing too. I want to have the same map score as you. I'll work on the kungfu words and make more flash cards. I'll practice my writing too. I'll practice my math. I'll practice my fluency. I'll work on my focus. I'll also follow directions the first time they're given. I'll work on being quiet when I have to.

    Gabriel M.

  7. Anonymous said...
    I think that it is great that you made a great jump in the map test I think that if i work hard i can be like you here is what i can do to get a great score .
    one. to get a better score is study hard with our kung fu words, our math facts,our acidemic reading vocabulary,and the songs to get a better score .
    2. to get a score in reading i'm not good in reading like you but if i work harder i can be a better reader i will study my flashcards and my acidemic reading vocabullary. langueg and arts i made a pretty good jump my score was from 198 to 210 im sure it is a good score what was you're score?


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