As educators, we have all kinds of fun activities and strategies for teaching and reinforcing sight words for reading and writing. Many of them involve practicing these words out of context. The point of Sight Word Recognition is to be able to recognize these words at a glance, in isolation. But all of the practice needn’t be.
I am in the early stages of creating a series of readers called ‘Sight Word Stages’ readers to help teachers differentiate for their students within the same reading level. While some of our students may struggle with putting all of the pieces of the reading puzzle together and need to work on that, there are many others who simply have difficulty remembering, and who require extra opportunities to practice using these little words in context.
Here is an example of a DRA/Reading Recovery Level 2 Reader:
A color PDF is included in the package, indicating the sight words of focus on the cover.
I print these on thicker paper, laminate them and keep them with other guided reading books.
Directional support is provided with the go to stop method.
A regular black and white copy is provided. Students can color and keep these, if you wish.
A trace-the-sight-word copy is provided for students requiring this level of support.
A fill-in-the-blanks copy is also provided for each title.
Color and black & white sentence strips (Tip: Print color copy onto card paper and laminate, and store with color readers for reuse)
Color and black & white Self-Check lists (I have a laminated color one on the wall over the writing table with a dry-erase marker, but know classroom teachers who give each child their own black and white copy, one who shrinks it to half-size. Early finishers draw or practice words on the back!)
Sometimes – there’s a surprise bonus activity – particularly in the bundles. Check the previews!
Here is what is currently available in the Sight-Word-Stages Readers Series:
Please note that freebies will not contain all of the parts mentioned above.
More titles coming Summer 2015! Save with bundles!
Are there any particular themes you would like to see covered in these early levels? Please leave a comment and let me know! (Easter and Earth Day are already started in draft!)
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