Step by Step: Flash Cards for Word Recognition of High Frequency Words

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The objective of using flashcards is to help students with dyslexia learn high-frequency words and become more fluent in reading.

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Flash Cards for High Frequency Words - Materials


  • Index Cards or Construction Paper cut into rectangles
  • Key rings, one for each student
  • Markers
  • Stamps, stickers, markers or crayons
  • Boxes or envelopes, one for each child
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Step One

Using a list of high-frequency words appropriate for the grade level, or a list of current vocabulary words, make flash cards for each student. Attach one set of cards to a key ring so that each student has their own set of vocabulary words. To make flashcards sturdier, laminate cards before putting on a key ring.

A note from Jerry"I also like to punch a hole in a student's resource or reading folder and hook their sight vocabulary words through the hole, so they're always available."

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Step Two: Word Recognition of High-Frequency Words for Students with Dyslexia

Have students practice and read each word on their key ring. Each time a student reads a word correctly, without hesitation, put a stamp, sticker or mark on the back of the card. If you have laminated cards, stickers will work best.

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Step Three: Word Recognition of High-Frequency Words for Students with Dyslexia

When the student gets ten marks for a word, remove that word and replace it a new high-frequency or vocabulary word. The original word is placed in the student's box or envelope and reviewed on a weekly or biweekly basis.