• At Knickerbocker, first grade students practice high frequency words through the Knickerbocker Bear Belt Challenge. Words are divided into small groups (based on a karate theme) and introduced to students one group at a time, as they learn a previous group. Students need to read all the words in a group, without hesitation, before they progress to the next "belt". Bear Belt Words are grouped by White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, and Black. Since many of these words do not follow standard phonics rules, they need to be recognized by sight. Use the color coded flashcards sent home and these links to practice 5-10 minutes daily. Most importantly, keep it fun!