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Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Sight Word Instruction in October

October 16 Deedee 3 min read

Recently, I was asked how I teach sight words.  Here is a glimpse of our sight word instruction in October.

Word Wall

It all starts with our word wall.  These words are gradually introduced (2 per week) and added to the wall.  They have magnetic backs so students can remove them.  We USE our word wall on a continual basis.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

 I also print these words on cards.  Words are added each week and the students practice them on a nightly basis as part of their “homework.”  ESGI makes this process SIMPLE… like super simple.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

I also continually monitor their progress through ESGI.  I set weekly goals and send home progress letters to their parents.  This would have been a cumbersome process before ESGI.  It literally only takes me a few moments to retest my students and print out the reports. Parents love these reports!   This gives them the specific words their child still needs to master.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Based on these reports, I can differentiate their instruction.

Whole Group Shared Reading

We also do a LOT of whole group exposure.

 Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Each week we look for word wall words in our weekly poem.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

 Then we circle them in our poetry notebook.

Fun Flash Cards

I love these cards!  Each card has a hand motion and a sentence that anchors these words.  You can find them by clicking HERE.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

They STICK!   My students LOVE practicing them and my intervention students are really doing well with them.   You can read more about these cards in her post HERE.

Emergent Readers

We also love Maria Manore’s interactive sight word books.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

She has a title for just about every word under the sun!  The students build the word on every page, so they really have to pay attention to the letter order.

Games

We also play a TON of games!   This is our fall version of Roll, Say, Keep.   Dice are available HERE.  I have made the file editable so you can put in your own words.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Fluency

We have just started working of fluency, so my Time Me! stations work great!   This is our fall owl version.  Again, they are editable, so you can put your own words and phrases in.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

We love using Abby’s sight word unit.  They love writing with a highlighter!

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Centers and Stations

Stamping words during stations is always a hit!  You can find this editable file HERE.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

We are still working on those sentences ๐Ÿ™‚

My students love these jumbo dice games. Differentiated Cubes are available HERE.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

 It is like my Sequence games, but it is a printable file that can be used with the EVER popular paint daubers.  This is also an editable file, so you can easily enter your OWN sight words.  It takes less than a minute to create a printable activity.  Simple!

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Small Group

In small group we do a lot of word building with magnetic letters and cookie sheets.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

With another group, we focused on the sight word “here.”  With dry erase markers.  These are just handwriting pages that I slipped into a page protector.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

Our erasers are carpet samples that I have had for about a million years.  They work great!

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

The we write the sentence on a strip of construction paper, cut it apart, then glue it in our learning journal.

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

There you have it!

Kindergarten sight word instruction! Looking for ways to help your students with their reading skills? Check out these kindergarten sight words activities! Assessments, centers, small group, and more

This is what our sight word instruction looks like in October!

23 Comments

  • Alisha Peare October 17 at 12:15 am

    I love all of this! Thank you for sharing. I was in need of some new ideas for my way below grade level kiddos in 2nd:)

    • Deedee October 17 at 12:16 am

      Aww… thank you friend!

  • Sharon B October 17 at 12:25 am

    Thank you so much for all the ideas! You are such a wealth of information. Anytime I feel like I am not reaching my students, I can always go to your website and find more ideas!

    • Deedee October 17 at 12:31 am

      That is such a nice thing to say! Thank YOU! I think there are always times when everyone feels that way… myself included! I am glad this was helpful.

  • Brandi Huckaby October 17 at 1:44 am

    How do you decide when to introduce certain words? I always make sure a word in seen in print first whether in guided reading groups or shared reading. I feel like it should always connect to print and never be introduced in isolation. Do you follow this same type of process? I'm always curious how others introduce sight words because they are such a struggle for me. I want to create readers not word callers.

    • Deedee October 17 at 2:03 am

      I honestly let my writing workshop sort of guide me in my word selection. Those words that they are likely going to need in writing tend to show up first for introduction. Yes, I agree… the words need to be contextualized. Having shared reading with the words included (such as poems and big books) are a great way to accomplish this. I also love the Snap Cards provide this as well. They don't just say the word, the students say something like this, "can… I can lift this." {which is the sentence for that particular word}. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Brandi Huckaby October 17 at 9:37 pm

      I absolutely love those snap cards! I'm ordering a set right away!

  • Danielle McQuade October 17 at 2:28 am

    My school purchased ESGI for us Kindergarten teachers this year. We are loving it! Never heard of it until I read about it on your blog. So thank you so much. It saves us so much time when testing. However, when I just read that you progress monitor your students, do you reset the test each time? I thought that was the only way since there was no way to progress monitor the students? We are learning as we go so any tips would be helpful! Thank you again!

    • Greg Gorman October 22 at 5:51 pm

      ESGI will be launching a major update that we have been working on for the last 2 years. "Test History" will save each test session separately, so you will be able to retest all items without losing previous results. It will also plot the score for each test session on a line graph, so you will be able to see growth over time for each student on each test. We cannot give a timeline for this update, but we are in the final stages of testing, so it will be coming soon. I have added you to the first wave of districts to be updated, and we will be sending out more information in the near future.

    • Deedee October 28 at 2:20 am

      Greg! You just made my night… quite possibly my YEAR! That is great to hear!!! I am literally doing a happy dance right now… you should see it!

  • Heather L October 17 at 3:30 am

    Ohhhh I love the sight word game with the daubers!!! My kiddos always love using those!!! Super idea!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    recipeforteaching

  • Positively Learning October 17 at 6:49 am

    I spy "Snap Words" – I absolutely love those cards! My struggling students have demonstrated mastery using them – they really grab the visual supports and sentences…highly recommended! I just invested in bingo daubers – can't wait for your resource! Thanks for sharing all the great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jen

  • thedyslexicstudent October 17 at 4:03 pm

    Love this, though if it were me, I'd be trying to use more colour in there for different words. Just a personal choice on that though.

    • Deedee October 17 at 6:06 pm

      I know what you mean. Actually our word wall has several different colors. Our "key words" those that are the most urgently need are green. The words that will be introduced in the 2nd qtr and so on are different colors.

      I suppose you could print the personal word wall words on color card stock. I will assume from your google name that you work with students with learning disabilities. I have used highlighting tape as an intervention for some of my kiddos in the past. Would that help?

  • acvonhat October 19 at 8:10 pm

    Do you sell you ABC letters and words for the word wall on TPT? I LOVE the colors and bet they really stand out for students.

    • Deedee October 21 at 12:07 am

      The ABC letters were made by Erica Bohrer. Here is her whole set:

      Lime and Purple Decor

    • acvonhat October 21 at 1:57 am

      Thanks Deedee! Do you use her word wall words as well or make your own?

    • Deedee October 28 at 2:21 am

      I had mine already made and was feeling a little lazy… whomp! whomp! So I did not remake them.

  • Deedee October 21 at 12:07 am

    I am sure he will!!!!

  • Melissa October 12 at 4:47 am

    The picture you posted of your magnetic word wall… genius by the way (green tape, magnetic words) is that a file that is available by chance? I’d like to create a word wall like that on my whiteboard! Did you use magnetic printer paper? Just love it!

  • Melissa October 12 at 5:01 am

    Oh man… had I just scrolled up a little further, I would have answered my own question! Loved this article though, thanks for posting such amazing ideas!

  • Angela January 18 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! Even after teacher for 16 years I can always pick up great ideas from all of your blog posts! Do you use a specific sight word list such as Fry or Dolch??

    • Deedee January 18 at 12:42 pm

      Hi there! We actually used a combination of them both and we created our own sight word list. ๐Ÿ™‚

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