Monday, February 20, 2006


Automaticity and the Nifty Thrifty Fifty

Today I created and posted resources to help students learn the Nifty Thrifty Fifty words. The Nifty Thrifty Fifty word list contains common roots, prefixes and suffixes. When students master the spelling patterns and meanings of these words, they can apply that knowledge to help them to spell and build meaning for other polysyllabic words. These resources can be found at:

In addition to the interactive games, I also created and posted two self-running PowerPoints to help students achieve automaticity of the Nifty Thrifty 50 Words. Automaticity is the ability to effortlessly complete a task with without thinking about it. When the brain recognizes a familiar task, such as reading a word, it automatically processes the information and applies what it has previously learned. This reduces the demand on memory and allows for higher order thinking. These presentations can be download using the links below:

Nifty Thrifty 50 PowerPoint (Beginner)
Nifty Thrifty 50 PowerPoint (Speed Challenge)


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