The Best Ways to Teach Reading Sight Words

Kids reading Sight Word Books

Ever have a difficult time trying to get some students to read sight words, or words that can not be stretched and need to learned by memory or sight.

TeachMagically Blog post about Sight Words

Many Activities for Sight Word Recognition

  • Drill Sandwiches– A perfect way to practice all new learning. You sandwich new words between known words and practice until fluent. 
Sight Words Stamped in red play-dough from Teach Magically

And all of these things are fine to practice but in the actual teaching what can you do to help the students with these difficult words? 

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

How to Correct in the Moment!

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 to teach sight words from Teach Magically
Click to get Free Family Letter.
I am going to do this activity first with every “sight word” we are trying to learn that can not be stretched (sounded out) that is not on our rhyming word wall.

Other Things I Do

I use rhyming posters at the beginning of the year for rhyming word id. Check out how I teach words with rhymes to help with writing👉 Rhyming Posters to Teach Sight Words.

I am also going to start having my students do this as they are reading. When those mistakes are made we have many ways to try and solve them! Click here to see Emergent Readers.

Kids reading sight word books from Teach Magically

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 Sight Words Practice Teach Magically
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