About this Download:
This download is a Word template. It includes a set of Dolch Primer List cards but can be easily modified to meet the learning needs of your students.
Cards Included in This Resource :
am, all, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with & yes
To provide differentiated sight word instruction for students.
What You Need:
1 student in need of sight word practice
1 set of funky sight words
Laminate and cut out the cards
Before you Begin:
Explain to the student that the first part of the process is to find the words you need to work on.
1. Shuffle the deck of sight words.
2. Present cards individually for the student to read. If the word on the card is read instantly with no hesitation place it in a 'Known' pile. If the word is unknown, or baulked at, it goes in the 'To Work On' pile.
3. Continue the process until there are 10 or 15 cards in the 'To work on' pile.
4. Explore the 'To Work On' pile with the student. Look for and discuss tricks that will help learn the words e.g. artificial pronunciation, chunking, 'just a tricky sight word you have to learn' etc.
5. Ask the student to identify the 'trickiest' part of the word. 'What is the part which makes this word 'hard' for you? 'What is the part of this word which makes it hardest to remember?' 'What can you do to help you remember or "work out" this word?'
6. For the 'real stumpers' have the student compose a short sentence to write on the back of the card. I find the 'run on' effect and context of a sentence aids word recognition and allows the student to experience success.
Make Your Expectations Known:
During the next reading session we will revisit the collection and replace cards. Make sure you revise and learn the words whenever you get a chance.
Taking it Further:
Individual Revision - Place the 'to work on pile' into an envelope. This envelope stays on the desk for easy access through the day.
Warm Up - Each student brings their 'To Work On' envelope to a group reading session. It could be used for peer testing, as a warm up, as the basis of a game etc.
Home Reading Program - Drop the collection of words into a Home Reading Folder. Be sure to have clear instructions for the parents.
Parent Helpers - Have the volunteers help out with the process of identifying words to work on and keeping the words being focused on current.
From Their Reading - While monitoring a student's reading, record any miscues, misconceptions etc then together create the flash cards on screen in a word processor. Have the student type their own cards. I find this way more valuable than just handing the student the ready made cards.