But sight words are also important because many of them can’t be sounded out. We just need to know them by sight. Have you ever heard one of your students trying to sound out the word was?
Many sight words are also hard to define and illustrate in text. Again, the word was. Hard to define and hard to illustrate. Students can’t really use illustrations to help them figure out that word.
Here are 16 ways to help your students become Sight Word Smart:
- post at least the first 200 Fry sight words on the wall a few at a time each week as they are learned for student reference
- teach students how and when to use the word wall (refer to it often while teaching)
- spend 10 minutes daily on whole group sight word instruction and practice (more time may be needed with some groups)
- spend 2-5 minutes daily on small group sight word instruction and practice (as needed per data testing)
- allow for daily written work using sight words in sentences/phrases
- allow for daily center work and/or games using sight words
- for students who need extra practice, use decodable readers that include sight word practice
- keep rings of sight words around the room and in centers for practice (keep a ring by the door for practice while lining up)
- have a ring of sight words handy for parent volunteers to use with students who need intervention
- have incentives for learning sight words (stickers, stars, notes home, class cheers, etc.)
- send home weekly lists and suggestions to parents for how to practice and remind parents regularly about the importance
- assess students’ sight word fluency at least quarterly
- when assessing 1-minute reading fluency, point out or highlight the sight words that are missed in the passage to each student
- send home quarterly sight word assessment data
- use sight word data to plan targeted sight word instruction and intervention
- provide 1-minute sand timers at centers for students to time their partners during partner reading to increase fluency
|Students can travel through the solar system as they master their sight words! Fry Sight Word Flashcards, Games and Centers|
Students have their own alphabetical word list in a handy dictionary format in addition to a word wall. My Own Dictionary (Fry, Dolch and Houghton Mifflin choices)
Daily sight word practice with magnetic letters during guided reading.
A sight word wall is a must. Teach your students how to use it and refer to it daily during instruction. HERE is one option for the first 300 Fry sight words.
Sight word speed drills can be used daily during guided reading. All it takes is 2-3 minutes of practice while you monitor each student individually. Send them home weekly. Parent instructions are included on each drill. HERE are some great speed drill options.
Use Sight Word Bookmarks. When students can read the list in 10 seconds or less, they are fluent with those words and ready for the next list. See them HERE.
Make sure you have at least one sight word activity center every day like this Read, Stamp, Write Center.
Students practice their new sight words every day by partner reading decodable and leveled texts that include controlled vocabulary for your students’ current levels.
Privacy folders with resources on both sides (math on one and reading/writing on the other) are perfect for primary students. After a while, students automatically grab their privacy folder and search for the spelling of sight words on their folder. Such a great resource! Privacy Folder
Use Readers Theaters to practice fluency! At least 50% of the text contains sight words that your students are practicing. These are great for use during holiday time, end of unit practice, and end of the year. Readers Theater
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Make sight word fluency a focus this school year and your students will be well on their way to reading grade-level material more fluently!