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Setting Your Sights on Sight Words (Middle School)

Sight Words, also known as high frequency words, are usually the focus of elementary teachers. However, there are plenty of middle schoolers who still struggle with common words, especially those that are content specific. Sight word instruction can easily be woven into the middle grades Language Arts classroom.
A Collection By Joelle Brummitt-Yale
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Setting Your Sights on Sight Words (Middle School)
  • Homophone Games

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    spellingcity.com
    spellingcity.com
    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Homophones trip students up because, well, they sound alike! Homophones come up on many high frequency word lists. Since these words have to be heard to learn how to spell them and recognize them, these interactive audio games are not only a fun way to help students learn, they also make the important sound-spelling connections for students.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    The Words Students Need

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    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Curated high frequency word lists aren't the only resource for selecting the sight words you'll teach. Selecting your own words can be much better. This article walks you through selecting the best words for your own high frequency word lists.
  • readingrockets.org
    readingrockets.org

    Word Walls in the Secondary Classroom

    14 minute read
    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Word walls are a great sneaky way to get students to recognize high frequency words without having to spend large chunks of instructional time teaching these words. I particularly like this resource because it explains the benefits of word walls and provides excellent suggestions for creating your own customized word walls.
  • www5.esc13.net
    www5.esc13.net

    Phonics Instruction for Middle and High School ELLs

    5 minute read
    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Why do sight words matter when your students already know how to read? Special populations, like English Language Learners, desperately need sight word instruction to acquire their second languages. I really like this article because it reminds me that ELL students who have tested out of direct ELL services still need for support their language acquisition.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Why reinvent the wheel when another teacher has built the perfect wheel? This free Moodle course has modules for different age and ability groups. Students can create free accounts and go in to work through word lists. Perfect for differentiating instruction!
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    It helps to know exactly what the most common words in academic texts are if you're going to teach them! I have downloaded this master list and regularly scan through it for words that I want to include in my vocabulary lessons and on my spelling lists. I even make notes on it about when I taught words to help me keep track of what we've studied because the list is so long.