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Every primary teacher knows how important sight words are to beginning readers.  When many of these words show up in our reading material, all phonics instruction gets thrown out the window because the majority of these words do not follow phonics rules.  You just have to know these words by sight.
Did you know that the first 25 Dolch words make up approximately a third of all written material? The first 100 and 300 words make up about 50% and 65% of all printed material!
Hands on practice with sight words is key.
sight words kindergarten







Taking a kinesthetic approach to sight words is going to fit a lot of students’ learning style.  Have them make words with sand, Legos, salt, play dough,  blocks or shaving cream.

But we need more than that.  That's why I created Sight Word Centers.

sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games



sight words kindergarten,  sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games


sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games



sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games

sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games






Besides independent sight word work, it is important to have direct instruction on sight words. I use my sight word books to do this.  I love the sight word books because they are interactive.  Students get to make and break sight words, write them in the book, and then put the cut-up sentences in the same order as the book.




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sight word games, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games

sight word games, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games



We also practice sight words at work stations. I created these tic tac toe boards to help my student’s learn sight words.  Choice is inherent in this resource, so students are super engaged.  I have two packs using Dolch Words and two that are editable so you can add your own words and use in any grade.

sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games

sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games

sight words kindergarten, sight word instruction, sight words first grade, sight word games

These are also available as a bundle for a  discount here.

I like to have my students surrounded by sight words.  I use:
-sight word rings
-sight word lists in book box
-portable word wall
-word wall
-personal word wall
Sight word rings

word wall first grade
Portable word walls


Want free personal word walls for your students? They are great to use when writing.   Here is a link to the one I use.  I’ve included an editable version, too.

Personal Word Wall

Please comment with how you practice sight words in your classroom!  I would love new ideas.




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