Teaching Sight Words in Kindergarten

When teaching sight words to my class I use a variety of techniques and strategies.  What works well for one student may not work for another.  To introduce the word, I first show it to my students on a flash card, then I write it on the white board, saying each letter name as I write.  Next I have them read the word 3 or so times to me then spell it. I then ask if someone could use that word in a sentence. I finish this off with using Heidi songs music or DVD if the sight word is included.
Teaching Sight Words: Do you need strategies for teaching sight words, high frequency words, Dolch or Fry words to kindergarten and first grade students?  I have put together a weeks worth of creative ideas that will help get your students on the right track to learning their sight words in no time at all.
Day 1 Introduction
  • Flashcard introduction- Add the word to the pocket chart of flash cards
  • White Board-Write it on the white board, saying each letter name as I write it
  • Read it- Read the word 3 times whole class
  • Spell it- Spell out the word saying each letter together whole class
  • Sentence usage-Have students use it in a sentence
  • Music/DVD- play or Show Heidi Songs or Have Fun Teaching music or DVD if I have it.
Days 2 through 5
During the rest of the week my students are inundated  with sight word activities during center times, when they finish their work and during transitions.  Below is a list of what we do and a few product snapshots.  
  • Flash Cards
  • Music/DVD
  • White boards: write it 3 times saying each letter as they write it.
  • Sight word searches
  • Fluency phrases
  • Sight word readers
  • PowerPoint presentations slide shows with the sight words each morning during our calendar routine or as we transition to the carpet throughout the day- I'll play the PPT.  I can easily mix the slides around so they aren't memorizing the order.
This packet includes 110 sight word search pages combined with a practice writing section. The first 100 Fry words are included in this packet. If you use Houghton Mifflen's Medallions program, the 46 sight words from the program are included
Fry List Sight Word Search. Your students will love searching for the hidden sight words. This is a great way to reinforce sight word recognition and spelling. This packet includes 200 sight words on the Fry List with 22 separate word searches.  Fry List Sight Word Search. Your students will love searching for the hidden sight words. This is a great way to reinforce sight word recognition and spelling. This packet includes 200 sight words on the Fry List with 22 separate word searches.
Center Activities
  • Play-doh sight words 
  • Letter bead sight word
  • Magnetic letters
  • Stamp sight words
  • iPads
Sight word center activities to reinforce sight word recognition. magnetic letter, letter beads, and play-doh letter stamps.
Sight word play doh mats are perfect for hands-on exploration with sight words using the first 100 words from the Fry list. Sight Word Bead Mats: These mats are perfect for hands-on exploration with sight words using alphabet beads. This pack contains 106 words including the first 100 words from the Fry list.These mats are perfect for hands-on exploration with sight words using magnetic letters. This pack uses the first 100 words from the Fry list.

What's the Password
I put this outside my door with a sight word  on it.  Students read it as they enter the room.  This is a Free Download- Just click the picture.
What's the Password: Students read the password as the enter the room- great for quick assessment.  Parents can also quick their child while they wait for you to pen the door each morning.
Sight Word Homework
For homework, I send home a sight word fluency homework sheet each night.  It really helps my students practice reading their sight words and it only takes  a minute or so.  As a bonus it shows the parents what words their child is having difficulty reading.
This pack is designed to help students practice sight word fluency at home each night. Parents are to circle the words their child reads correctly, then sign the bottom. There are 36 weeks of sight word homework. The words are rotated through a five week cycle. Directions are in English and Spanish. This pack is designed to help students practice sight word fluency at home each night. Parents are to circle the words their child reads correctly, then sign the bottom. There are 36 weeks of sight word homework. The words are rotated through a five week cycle. Directions are in English and Spanish.
Technology to Help Teach Sight Words
During center times we often use iPads.  Here are some apps that are free or inexpensive.  Each app has it's pros and cons.
Sight Words by Little Spellers:  Lots of options to customize.  Drag letters to spell the word.
Sight Words by Little Spellers:  Lots of options to customize.  Drag letters to spell the word.
ABC Sight Word Writing: Students practice tracing/writing the Dolch sight word list.
ABC Sight Word Writing: Students practice tracing/writing the Dolch sight word list.
Sight Word Ninja: Kids love this one. They listen to the word then slice it. Few options to customize.  
Sight Word Ninja: Kids love this one. They listen to the word then slice it. Few options to customize.
Sight Word Flash Cards: Great for practicing sight words. Offers different grade levels.  This app does have adds at the bottom.
Sight Word Flash Cards: Great for practicing sight words. Offers different grade levels.  This app does have adds at the bottom.
Fry Words: Easy to use and options to customize.
Fry sight word app for the ipad
I hope you find these ideas helpful.  If you have something else that you do, please share them in the comments below.  I'm always looking for new ideas to try out.

1 comments:

Heidi Butkus said...

Thank you so much for the shout out, Tiffani! I appreciate it!
:)
Heid Butkus

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