Ideas for Teaching Sight Words
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Ideas for Teaching Sight Words


Here’s a fun game to play with your kids
when teaching them sight words. Now, when our early education kiddos are learning to read, there are steps. First, they need to be able to identify all the letters. Then understand that all the letters make a sound. When they can manipulate those sounds and put them together, they can read “CVC words,” or consonant vowel consonant words, by easily just sounding them out. Sight words are a whole other avenue. These are words that have to simply be memorized. Now, I’ll start with one that I teach right away. All the kids know this is letter “A”. “A” can say “aa”, “A” can say “ah.” “A” can say “uh”. But “A” is also a word. It’s the
word “uh” or it’s the word “ay”. It just depends on what part of the country you’re from, and how you’re taught to read that word. So I teach them that this is the word “ay” or “uh”. It’s also the letter “A.” So “A” has a lot of jobs. A word and a
letter at the same time. It takes a lot of practice for them to understand the difference of that, but they’ll get it. Now you have a word like “the.” All my
students always try to sound it out. But when they do, it becomes quite humorous. “T – ha – eh,” or “t – ha – ee. Tuh-hee?” That’s never going to work. So, I teach them little songs for those sight words. For example, this one goes: The, the, t – h – e, the. And they know over and over again whenever
they see t-h-e together, that is the word “the.” Sight word practice can be “drill and kill.”
Flashcards, flashcards, over and over again. Memorize it, memorize it. Sight words, sight words. We use them all the time. We speak them, we read them, we write them. Now, here’s a little game I play to help them to read those words over and over again. I have a simple dice. You can use any kind. My goodness, you could even use a rock and draw the dots on the rock. All they need to do is roll the dice. And I
have a form. On my form there are columns. And then in each of those columns are sight words. Of course, you can change or manipulate this sheet to whichever sight words you are working on. Let’s say the student rolls five. Side note: When they have something to play with like a manipulative, it makes the game that much more fun. And, it’s throwing in a little bit of math. So, we have five. They find the number five. They must read this whole row. So they put their pointer finger
on and they read each word. What if they get a word wrong?
Then that’s my turn as the teacher. I’m always watching. If they read the word wrong, I say, “My turn.” I read it. “Your turn.” They read it again. Then they continue on. It’s a fun way to have your kids practice reading every day. Especially those tricky sight words that really don’t make sense, but we’ve got to learn them. Thank you.

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80 thoughts on “Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

  1. Thanks for sharing this, try using SnapWords from Child1st, they are amazing!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC4zuasVcT4&t=30s

  2. My daughter has to know 100 sight words by the end of this year in order to go to 1st grade, I've tried everything, I really hope this works.

  3. Great explanation of Sight Words, and great ideas for teaching!! I've also found that Sight Word songs are a SUPER effective way at teaching them! Check some of them out on my channel!! Happy teaching! 🙂

  4. Hello, my name is Eshaal Ali of Kindergarten. I subscribed your channel, please subscribe my channel, to get in touch with you and to learn more from you. Mam

  5. unsre kinder lernen alles wie kasetenrecorder schnell wie möglich,was wir 60 jahre hier gelernt haben! wieder höllen nicht wann viele andre mögliches gibt!
    Ideas for Teaching Sight Words https://youtu.be/QQiPcwfgGEc

  6. I never write comment on youtube, but this video is great! It helps me to teach esl kids so much! Thank you:)

  7. Hi, I wish I had found your video early in the school year. I had a couple of students that had huge gaps in 3rd grade. I tried different strategies and they did advance, but we would have had more fun this way. I also enjoy the fact that you incorporate Math as they learn Sight Words.

  8. Identifying all the letters is unnecessary and often is a barrier to learning phonics: I go straight from sounds to words and introduce the names of the letters later

  9. The term SIGHT WORDS is now becoming obsolete, because we know that there is more to just memorizing them.
    Sight words are now known as COMMON EXCEPTION WORDS, because they are irregular and normally common (i.e High Frequency words). The "sight words" can be sounded out, but only at a later stage when the learner learns the letter-sound relationship beyond the basic alphabetic code. The "tricky part"of the word THE is the letter ''e'', as the phoneme /th/ is learnt, the sound the letter 'e' makes is a schwa sound, which is most commonly occurring vowel sound.

  10. At least you've got the phonics right. You really don't need the rest. If a child does memorize lots of sight-words, then you've got their brains moving on two tracks,. aka a sort of schizophrenia.

  11. If "the" is a "sight word" that your students must memorize. Will they ever learn words such as: "thesaurus," "theoretically," "thesis," "therapeutic,"?

  12. Thank you for sharing…it will be helpful if you could use lighter color instead of red with black ink. Thanks for the ideas

  13. Great video! This is a quick and easy flash card activity I do with our 5 yr old! https://youtu.be/uyooaZO18KM

  14. Thank you so much!!! I came to you tube for some ideas to get my son interested in learning sight words because I cannot keep him focused on his homework at all. He loves the idea of the dice game and asked me if we can play it this afternoon after school. (Thank you from Queensland, Australia)

  15. So not true….sight words do make sense with phonics!!!! Parts of sight words are decoadable: write it as you hear it. There are anomalies though which need to be analysed and memorised through certain tricks. Never teach reading without hearing the sounds in words and linking them to letters. That is the utmost principle of writng/reading. Making young children memorize words by their shape confuses them badly.

  16. I love your ideas, they are great. Some of the words are tricky for kids to learn, but I'm implementing your idea today. Thank you!

  17. Cool ideas!!! Thank you for sharing them 🙂 I also posted a video regarding some fun activities working with words! Please check it out when you can. These activities also got featured on the daily cafe website! Hope it is helpful to you!

  18. The kids in my school are not focussed in playing the game. All they know is running in the classroom, beating and kicking each other. Give them a dice to roll and play a board game, they will throw it everywhere. They are only interested in spinning their erasers. They break their pencil nips and insert in the middle of an eraser and spin it like a top. Another game they play in the classroom is kicking empty plastic bottles or papers made into a ball in the classroom. They are least interested in educational games. They play the game as if it is the culture of the school. If one or 2 pupils do it, then it is the child's favourite game. If majority of the pupils play the same game, then i see it as a culture of the school. Surprisingly, they do it in every class i go in. So, i stopped giving them dices. They just move the coins without the dices. We can teach a weak child but not uninterested child.

  19. Most of these words are fully decodeable. Students she be explicitly taught the /TH/ and /th/ phonograms as well as the schwah sound. Words do not need to be memorized, they make complete sense with proper reading instruction.

  20. Im so upset my daughter took a test and is behind shes 5…she came home and said her teacher said I dont know what to say to u… I believe it…

  21. Teaching sight words is always a challenge in the beginning . But yeah as you said , they have to memorize it. I mostly creat some chants for some of them and they’re super simple and interesting for kids.

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