Although geared towards parents, this blog post is overflowing with awesome activities for teaching sight/high frequency words. The majority of the activities are appropriate for an elementary classroom and offer students a variety of effective ways to practice and review sight/high frequency words. Even those activities that don't work for the classroom (for example, pool diving for sight words) can be easily modified ( water-table diving for sight words) for use in the classroom.
Learning Specialist and parent Anne Glass does an amazing job of explaining how to teach sight words in this brief Howcast video. Glass gives detailed directions for specific techniques to practice and review sight/high frequency words. Her suggestions are easy-to-use for individual, small group or whole group instruction.
I consider this THE starting point for sight/high frequency words. This article does a great job of exploring what sight and high frequency words are; what the difference is between the various lists of words; as well as how to teach the words. Additionally, several engaging strategies for teaching sight words are presented.
AppySmarts has compiled a brief list of the top sight word practice apps currently available. Each is rated, based on user reviews, but the real treasure here is that when you select an app, you are taken to a very detailed overview of the app. I love that the description tells the age range, what you do in/with the app, why they like it, what the reviewers dislike, how much it costs and more!
This brief article on the Intervention Central website is a true gem! Teachers often use flashcards to teach sight /high frequency words, but are seldom taught themselves how to most effectively use this technique. Here, detailed step-by-step instructions for three methods of using flashcards are explained. Additionally, a description of how to use a word list and repeated reading is also included. I like that the techniques are all evidence-based.
Blackwell and Laman provide an excellent in-depth discussion of sight/high frequency words in this academic article. I not only love that research findings and theory are included, but also an extensive review of the four primary methods of teaching sight words (flash cards, technology, pictures, and/or games). This article is a must-read for any teacher that wants a thorough understanding of the various methods of teaching sight words.
This article by Janelle Cox is a great resource for both beginning and seasoned teachers. The strategies presented for teaching sight words are varied enough to appeal to most learners, and specific enough to quickly and easily try them in the classroom. I love that each strategy has a brief explanation of how it reinforces memory of the sight words.