Recently, I was asked how I teach sight words. Here is a glimpse of our sight word instruction in October.
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.
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.
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.
Based on these reports, I can differentiate their instruction.
Whole Group Shared Reading
We also do a LOT of whole group exposure.
Each week we look for word wall words in our weekly poem.
Then we circle them in our poetry notebook.
Fun Flash Cards
Mary from Sharing Kindergarten introduced me to these cards. Each card has a hand motion and a sentence that anchors these words.
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.
We also love Maria Manore’s interactive sight word books.
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.
We love using Abby’s sight word unit. They love writing with a highlighter!
Centers and Stations
We are still working on those sentences 🙂
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!
In small group we do a lot of word building with magnetic letters and cookie sheets.
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.
Our erasers are carpet samples that I have had for about a million years. They work great!
The we write the sentence on a strip of construction paper, cut it apart, then glue it in our learning journal.
There you have it!
This is what our sight word instruction looks like in October!