How do you teach sight words? Can you still teach sight words? What are your favorite ways to teach sight words? These are questions I get asked a lot and questions I see in Facebook groups and on social media every day. So, here’s my answer to teaching sight words: SIGHT WORD 60! And yes, sight words are allowed and yes, they can be taught using the science of reading-aligned strategies. The science of reading does not say we can’t teach sight words. It simply means we approach sight words with more strategies and tools.
Day 2 and day 3 of our sight word 60 routine uses science of reading aligned strategies and has students using the words in context with sentences. Day 2 and 3 are basically the same procedure. The difference is that day 2 might involve more scaffolding and day 3 will see the students being more independent with their sentences.
Day 2 and 3 start with a quick review of the words using our PowerPoint template. For the review, students might have automaticity and THAT IS GREAT! There is nothing wrong with them seeing a word and reading the word automatically because that means they have orthographically mapped the word which is the ultimate goal! That’s the goal. If they don’t have automaticity, that’s OK! That just means we use our sounds and decode the word. This is where you see the power of using multiple approaches. Students don’t have to decode every single word. They can decode the words or they can read them automatically or read them by sight. Both are 100% valid and both are working together!
On days 2 and 3 the students generate sentences using the sight words. Sometimes this is easy and goes well, other times it can be very challenging. Of course, the level of difficulty is dictated by the words for the week and your students’ language abilities.
The goal for days 2 and 3 is for the students to use the words in a sentence. Sometimes they can do it very independently and sometimes they need a little scaffolding and modeling. Typically once they have a sentence frame/stem/pattern, they can run with it. Just remember it’s ok to model and scaffold for them as needed!
Our Sight Word 60 Creation has all the detailed instructions for each day compiled in one place for you, plus templates, word cards, a parent letter, games/activities, and more! It’s available on TPT & in the TKS Store.
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Do you introduce the sight words in a special order? Also. do you have a grid to share?
We planned out our year and just plugged the words in starting at the top of the list! If you check the post for Day 4 I shared all of my grids!
Where did you get your framed word changer, or whatever you call it??
I believe you are talking about the iPad. I use an app called Big Words.
How do you project the Big Words App onto the Smartboard?
Plug your iPad into your projector
I I have a rover(moving smartboard). Can this method work for it?? Do you need a double Male end connector or specific adapter?
I noticed that you use a green/yellow background to introduce letters. Is there a reason?