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How to Teach Sight Words
Learning how to teach sight words is key to effective reading instruction. The protocol is the same for teaching first grade sight words, kindergarten sight words, or those for any grade level.
Sight Word Games
Sight word games are the best tool for teaching sight words. Especially effective are word wall games and songs that increase sight word memory.
Sight Word Oldies
Teaching sight words was never so much fun! Discover how to use oldies songs to help children learn and remember basic sight words.
Second Grade Sight Words
These second grade sight words can be used to fill your word walls for an entire year. They are the categories I used to build word walls for one year with second grade students as Title I reading specialist. Using these categories resulted in a total of 883 words on our word walls for the year with amazing gains in oral reading fluency
Word walls are the best method for teaching Dolch and other basic sight words as well as subject area vocabulary. Word wall activities, games, and songs give kids the essential practice they need for mastery.
Centers Give You Time for Small Groups
Sometimes it's hard to find a way to work with small groups of students. I used to think that centers were only for preschool and kindergarten until I figured out that using them would give me the chance to work with students in small groups so I could catch them up.
Whole group instruction is not the way to catch kids up.
Centers give meaningful experiences to the rest of the class while you are working with a small group of children, perhaps using some of the sight word and word wall games and activities presented on this website.
Suggestions for centers:
The choices for centers are unlimited, of course. These are ideas of a general nature just to get your creative juices flowing. Once you practice the procedures with your students and they learn the routine, you'll wonder how you ever did without them!
The best thing is that it gives you the time you need to work with children who really need intensive work especially on sight words.