SIGHTWORD Flashcards are an essential part of any primary classroom. It can get so tedious that some days, I wanted to shudder when we had to practice our sight words!
IT WAS BORING TO ME AND I KNEW IT WAS TO MY FIRST-GRADE STUDENTS!
I HAD TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING TO KEEP ME AWAKE!
44 YEARS OF THE SAME WORDS CAN WEAR A PERSON OUT!
Here are FIVE WAYS I BROUGHT BORING TO AMAZING!
TIP # ONE:
Make Flashcards Seasonal!
- Use Holidays or Seasonal Backgrounds to make the Learning Entertaining!
- It doesn’t matter that they have the same words that they had in September!
- It is the fact that it is in a fun holiday format.
- Children LOVE HOLIDAYS AND SEASONS!
- MAKE IT FUN AND REFRESHING!
TIP # TWO:
- Easy to make and teach to students
- Partner Game
- Use only ten words or less
- Can be used to start a reading group session
- Great game for substitutes
TIP # THREE:
- Use the flashcards and put them in alphabetical order
Differentiation is key here. You can either have students alphabetize by:
- first letter
- second letter
- using three words
- four words
- five words
- all ten words
Change up the words every week so that the students get a fresh set of words to sort and alphabetize.
Important: Have an alphabet posted in the room for the students to refer to, or a card at their desk. This is really important for the struggling learner.
TIP # FOUR
- Great for differentiation! It doesn’t matter if your student is reading on a primer level or on a fifth-grade level, homework practice words are unique to that student.
- Family time! Let the student play games with their parents, like Concentration!
- Writing! Great homework practice. Ask them to make up a story with their ten words!
- Ten words! Yes, try to keep the list of flashcards to ten or fewer each week!
- Having a container to carry the flashcards each week will make it easier to keep track of the words, and make it exciting for them too! I would provide the boxes to my students because most of them couldn’t afford to get a plastic container. It also made it easier to be uniform for all of them.
TIP # FIVE
- Color-by-code worksheets are easy to make! Get a seasonal picture. Write the sight words you want them to find. Add a color key! And you have a great worksheet for your students!
- Use for practice in finding and reinforcing their words for that week.
- Differentiate their learning.
- Learning Centers
- Early Finishers
- Great for Substitute Teachers