The Best Ways to Teach Reading Sight Words

Kids reading Sight Word Books by Teach Magically

Ever have a difficult time teaching students to read sight words, or words that can not be stretched. These words need to learned by memory or sight. There are best ways to teach reading sight words so kiddos can focus on comprehension. When students can easily read sight words, fluency increases and the thought process becomes the main focus instead of the phonics. The best way to teach reading sight words is with direct instruction on how to learn the word, practice the word, and many opportunities to encounter the sight word.

Rice table practice of sight words

Many Activities for Sight Word Recognition

  • Drill Sandwiches– A researched based way to practice all new learning. You sandwich new words between known words and practice until fluent. 
drill sandwich words by teach magically
  • Stamp Words in Play-dough (Helps fine motor skills, too) The rhyming poster helps kiddos just learning to read because the picture provides a clue. It really helps kiddos just learning to read and struggling readers.
Sight Words Stamped in red play dough from Teach Magically
word find by teach magically
  • Watching videos like Have Fun Teaching! I pick a word we are studying and use the video as an introduction. I also choose words that I see kiddos struggling with in reading and writing and show the video during transitions or when there is extra time. 

After working with a research based intervention system and observing the students just beginning to learn to read words, I have come across the best way to help the brain learn these words!

How to Correct Mistakes of Sight Word Reading

If students make an error with one of these irregular words (words you can not say the sounds and blend them back to get a word).
1st-Tell them the word and have them repeat the word.
2nd-Have them spell the word aloud and tell the word they spelled.
3rd-Return to the word a second time and have the child try to read the word by spelling it in their head.

Progress Monitoring-I created an instruction sheet to share with parents plus I use it with the students for progress monitoring and goal setting! Click on picture to get document!

Family letter for teaching sight words from Teach Magically
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I am going to do this activity first with every “sight word” we are trying to learn.

Other Things I Do to Best Teach Sight Words

Check out how I teach words with rhymes to help with writing👉 Rhyming Posters to Teach Sight Words.
Click here to see Emergent Readers to help with reading beginning sight words.

kids reading emergent readers by teach magcally

Practice-You can find a great resource to helps students learn by clicking the picture below! The students love to practice these words because of the fun dinos! The lightning clue helps the kiddo spell or sound out the words!

dinosaur theme practice
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❤Debora from Teach Magically


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