We all know that a huge part of reading success in the primary grades depends on the sight word strength of the reader. We all have students that need help with sight words. I know I have plenty of those students. I also have plenty of students that I can just send them off with sight word building activities and they can do them, but are they really LEARNING the sight words? I have students that can find the beginning sounds and grab each cute pictured card I have and write it down on the correct line. They are good direction followers. This doesn't mean that they are learning what the sight word IS. The students in my classroom need someone to TELL them what those words are. While I am in guided reading groups, I can't mill around the room to ensure they know that the words are. This then makes the work I am asking them to do meaningless, no matter how cute it is.
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I struggled with my son learning his sight words, even with his teacher mama helping him.
I wanted to reach my students that need this help. I wanted my visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners to benefit from the same activity! I THINK I have finally come up with one that will WORK. I have been practicing it with my students in my classroom, but also with my own special needs 6 year old kindergarten child.
Enter - Sight Word Stations!
These sight word stations are starting off with the pre-primer word list.
I wanted my students not only to see what I wanted them to do, but also HEAR it. I wanted my students to use magnetic letters! I want them to build the words. I want them to write the words.
I also wanted to make sure that I didn't need to use technology. It never seems to work when you need it to.
I created these sight word station movies. Each movie is about 3 minutes long. I put 4 videos together in a set to allow for it to run anywhere from 11-15 minutes. This is perfect for a guided reading station. In fact, some students may be able to go to another station after they complete the sight word station. These videos have me teaching your child. It is my voice, with an interactive sight word lesson. It is very repetitive, so even your kindergarten students can complete it.
I know not everyone has magnetic letters, so I created a sheet where students cut out the letters that they need in order to complete the activity. There is also a full size sheet that students can use magnetic letters. They fit perfectly with the letters that you can find here.
This is the smaller sheet that students are able to follow along with. You can use these with your computer.
Students can also work in small groups using your promethean board. Students use this during guided reading /center time. They know how to find the folder on the desktop. It is labeled with what set they are on. I will have my students complete the same set, 3 times, before moving them to the next. After meeting with me during guided reading groups, I can decide to increase that or switch them to the next group. (my dry erase boards are from steps to literacy - double sided magnetic boards)
Students can also work alone on an activity. This is perfect for students that are on RTI or that you meet with frequently, but it is not their turn. It helps to reinforce what you are already teaching.
Students are excited because it is paced for them! There are clear directions! I cheer them on, and share words of encouragement. As students are writing, I offer sentence structure reminders for capitals, punctuation and spacing!
I love that my friends are manipulating the letters. I have them mix them up and spell the words three times before we move on.
You can also use these with QR codes. Students can scan them on an iphone, ipod or ipad. You can send the sheets and qr codes home for additional practice at home. Easy peasy! It is like you are there with them!
As students are reading, there are tracking dots so that they are getting that much needed one to one correspondence practice!
Set one contains the following words:
Sets 2 and 3 will be here very shortly!
So there you have it! Sight word stations that WORK.
I am going to be giving away a set for you and a friend.
All you need to do is:
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