Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How I teach SIGHT WORDS - Free Printables

Our reading program in kindergarten teaches sight words, but it doesn't come with many resources for actually teaching these words.  Students need constant exposure and practice with these words - in many different formats and contexts.  After a few years of teaching sight words, I finally was able to create what I have been planning and wishing I always had.  
Now that my daughter is four, I have started her teaching them to her.  She loves learning new words and it has just opened her eyes to reading.  She sees these words everywhere now.  At the store, in books we read, on food labels... and even funnier is she hears them everywhere too.  "Mom!  You just said 'look'!" or "Dad!  You said ' See'!"
To introduce each new word, I use these printable worksheets.
I love that this activity allows students to read, trace, spell, color and build the words (cut &
paste). 
After doing these a few times together, my daughter (four years) can complete these on her own.  Kids love and look forward to the routine of them.
I had seen similar worksheets around on blogs and Pinterest, but they were always so crowded with too much going on.  Plus, often times the letters were way to small for five year olds to cut out and multiple words were on each page (that drives me nuts!  Usually I hadn't taught all the words yet, and I just wanted them on focus on one new word at a time.)
I really wanted ONE focus word on each page, so these worksheets can fit with ANY reading program.  

You can teach these 72 sight words in any order you wish!  So if we changed to a new curriculum, it would be easy to reorganize these printables in a different order/unit since most programs teach similar words.
These "Trace it, Spell it, Color it, Build it worksheets include an entire year's worth (72 words): 
For a FREE sample of these pages, simply download the "Preview" of this product in my TpT store.
If you would just like to try a few of these worksheets, you can download
Word Set 1 (18 words): Sight Word Worksheets WORD SET 1

But of course these worksheets aren't enough practice for students.  They need exposure to the words in different formats and context.

I like to connect what I am teaching in reading and in writing.  Whichever sight word I am teaching during reading block is what I often focus on in writing.
These Sight Word Sentence Worksheets have been amazing!  I had seen similar things again floating around Pinterest, but again they were too busy and complicated.  

I knew I wanted to create super straightforward, easy to use sight word sentences that hit everything I need them to - sight words, spelling, writing, CAP, fine motor skills (cutting and pasting) and illustrating.  And again - only ONE word at a time.

Best yet - these teach the exact same 72 words as my "Trace, Spell, Color & Build" sight word worksheets shown above!  

My students always know exactly what my expectations are for these activities so I'm not constantly re-explaining directions and what I want to see in their work.  
Each page has a focus word at the top.  Students trace the sentence (great opportunity to discuss starting with a capital, using finger spaces, ending with a period.)
Then they can cut, match and paste the words to match the sentence. 
Finally, students get to illustrate their sentence.  A great check for understanding!  I absolutely LOVE to see what my students draw.  
One of the last activities that really help students master their sight words is my Sight Word Fluency Printables.
Again, with the exact same 72 words!  
 I can easily pull these fluency practice pages when I am teaching specific words.  
I created these in both color and BW versions.  

I laminate the color ones to use in class (generally during small groups), and once students have been introduced to the sentences I send home the BW versions.
Parents love these and expect to see them sent home.  I explain the expectations at the beginning of the year so parents know how to help at home.
Students color a smiley face at the top of the page each time they read the sentences.  You can then choose to have an incentive program (sticks, treasure box, etc.) when they bring back their completed fluency pages.
These printables are a wonderful tool for building confidence, fluency, prosody and truly helps cement these words in their reading vocabulary!  The picture clues are great for helping children identify new words in the sentences. 
When I teach my daughter a new sight word (we usually do 1-2 per week - this week we did "the"),  I love being organized so I can just pull four tools:

Sight Word FLASHCARD
Sight Word WORKSHEET "Trace, Spell, Color, Build"
Sight Word SENTENCE Practice
Sight Word FLUENCY Page

These are the three correlating resources I use for teaching each sight word.
(See below for flashcards)

No prep or hassle for you!  It is super easy to print and keep resources for each word together.  Everything you need to teach a whole year's worth of high frequency/sight words!  And since there is only one word on each printable, you can rearrange and teach them in any order - with any reading program!
Plus, since these all focus on the same 72 words, I created flashcards for each word - also in both color and BW (144 cards total).
Keep track of every student's progress with these assessment checklists
These are included with the Flashcard Pack.

If you would like to try these activities in your classroom, or at home with your children, simply click the links and most of the "Product Previews" have free downloads in them.

Want to print and try the flashcards?
Print the first Flashcard Word Set 1 for FREE!

Please let me know if you have any questions at all.  I have enjoyed so much success implementing these activities and I am so excited to finally get to share them with you!
Enjoy!


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