Joseph Torgesen, nationally known researcher and author of “Catch Them Before They Fail,” among many other books and articles, opens this presentation with a beautiful little essay about learning to read. By slide 16, he puts together the pieces of learning to read, emphasizing the importance of each piece, including the sight word strand.
Silly Sentences, Rainbow Words, Pow, and Swat That Word are described here. Each of these games is sure to be a big hit in PK-1 classrooms. There are even more sight word activities, games, and worksheets in the 6 “Related Articles” links. The familiar Go Fish, Matching, and Bingo games transformed into sight word games are always fun, but among these linked gems there is also the idea of a sight word walk around the school or neighborhood, and putting together a collection of common words.
In this interactive game, players can choose a 6-card, a 12-card, or a 24-card version. When a card is picked, the word is shows and said. Twelve of the most frequently occurring sight words are included in the game.
There’s lots to explore in The Dolch Kit, including some great tips for organizing your classroom sight word materials, a downloadable student practice book, and lots of games and game boards. When preparing word cards for games, you might want to throw in some environmental print cards that children will know, such as the McDonald’s sign, a stop sign, and Sesame Street.
Every PK-1 teacher should bookmark this site. It outlines a basic 30-minute routine for teaching sight words—15 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes of game play. It makes the important point that a child needs to have automaticity with naming all of the small case letters before engaging in sight word activities (although they do not need to know the letter sounds). Don’t miss the short video clips of each step in the routine, and don’t miss the great explanations of the games.
This is hysterical. But also sad. It is included here as a reminder to pay attention to where our students are. We usually take this phrase to mean that students may be below where we assume they are, but it can also mean the opposite. Note that the child is reading from a paper that his kindergarten teacher has sent home.
Here’s a great resource to share with PK-1 parents. It explains why it is helpful to teach some words as sight words: a) the 220 words on the Dolch list, as an example, make up about 75% of all the words in books; b) many of these high-frequency words are phonetically irregular, and can’t be decoded using phonics generalizations; and c) many can’t be represented concretely (such as “it” and “just”). There is a link to the Dolch word lists and 4 fun games to help children learn them.