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.
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.
- 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.
- Searching for Sight Words in Word Finds-This make kiddos really look through a word. Many beginning readers don’t focus on the end of the words so fun word searches really help.
- 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
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!
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Other Things I Do to Best Teach Sight Words
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!