Where Did Sight Word 60 Come From?
And thus was born Sight Word 60 and yes, Sight Word 60 IS aligned with the science of reading.
What Is Sight Word 60?
The premise of Sight Word 60 is that in the course of a school week, 5 days, students get more than 60 exposures to each high-frequency word and that happens in just a few minutes each day. No long lessons. Limited prep. A few high-impact, engaging minutes to teach high-frequency words so they become sight words. The goal is for all high-frequency words to become sight words and Sight Word 60 is how we make that happen! Plus students also get practice decoding the words so they’re getting multiple tools and strategies for being good readers.
YES! Decoding sight words is possible and should be used along with automaticity. This is so important because the research tells us that decoding is the most efficient way to build automaticity. Students need to decode a word 1-8 times, according to research. Since Sight Word 60 gives you more than that we’re providing the necessary practice so that the words can be orthographically mapped into students’ memory. All this said, sight words aren’t bad. Teaching automaticity with sight words isn’t bad. What’s important to remember is to teach multiple strategies and provide all the tools to read and write. And here’s why this is important: the brain does not store words visually. So you can’t just repeat the word a bunch of times (it’s ok. We did this too for years until we learned more and now we are doing better!) and learn it. The decoding, blending, segmenting, and spelling of the words are what allows the brain to store the word.
Sight Word 60 works with any sight word list. Dolch. Fry. Your list can be in order of utility. Your list can be in the order of your phonics skills.
How Does Sight Word 60 Work?
Day 1 is introducing the words.
So here is what Monday or Day 1 of Sight Word 60 looks and sounds like!
With Decoding: Sight Word 60 Day 1
Sentences: Sight Word 60 Day 2
Sentences: Sight Word 60 Day 3
Sight Word Grids: Sight Word 60 Day 4
Games: Sight Word 60 Day 5
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.
These sight word resources support independent and small group practice with sight words all year long!
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