Coconut Words

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Aims and objectives
This is a short, fun activity to help pupils with their sight vocabulary and place words into recognisable contexts. The words are taken form the NLS high frequency words YR to Y2.

Previous knowledge
Pupils will need to have a basic sight vocabulary although, working with an adult, the sentences and words can read out from which the pupil can then make their choices.

In the classroom
Pupils are encouraged to read a short sentence which has a missing word. They click on the word from the coconut shy that they think will make the sentence complete. A beanbag knocks the word over and, if they are correct, they win a teddy bear but if they are wrong, they lose a chance. The aim of the game is to collect 3 teddies and then move on to the next level. At the end of each level a certificate can be printed.

If used with an interactive whiteboard, the whole class can participate in the activity which will allow and encourage pupils to talk about the words, sentences and choices and engage in the game.

Support materials description: Resources type:
The first coconut_words.pdf contains a full list of sentences and words used in the activity. This will be a useful prompt for teachers/adults wishing to use this resource to develop children’s vocabulary when using the activity.

The second high_frequency_words.pdf contains the NLS list of high and medium frequency words for levels 1, 2 and 3 and will prove useful for either reinforcement or extension activities.



Curriculum references
Early Learning:
Early learning goals for language for communication
Early learning goals for reading

English – KS1:
En1: Knowledge, skills and understanding
En2: 1f, g, i, k, l, n

This activity has been designed to cover the National Literacy Strategy requirements.

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