Heidi Butkus, creator of HeidiSongs, has terrific ideas and has just updated her blog with some wonderful new ideas for sight word games and instructions. She talks about the RAN: Rapid Automatic Naming Boards on her latest post.
We've been using something similar in our grade level, but have called them "Speed Drills". Each board is created from the High Frequency Words for the story we are using during the week. Since we follow the Reading Street series from Scott Foresman, we have 5 units with 6 stories per unit. I've created a board for all of unit one stories as well as for unit two. I've combined unit three words into two boards instead of just one board per story. I'm going to see how it goes.
To use the board, I use the timer on my iPod Touch and the kids take turns timing during small group time or tier II time. I'll record their time at the top of their paper with the date and then they take them home to see if they can improve their time over the week. On Friday, I'll retime them on the same board to see how much faster they can read the words.
I keep a record in my formative assessment notes to see how well they can do...we also practice the words throughout the week at the various reading centers and word work games.
I'm happy to know more about RAN boards....Heidi talks a little about how she creates individual boards for children which is something I may explore more for my friends that are struggling to get these words down. They seem to like the boards more than flash cards right now.
Please feel free to manipulate the files to suit your own reading series wording. Heidi also has a link on her blog to a web page where you can create RAN boards.