Now on to the topic of the day - sight words! I've read a lot of teachers say they love teaching sight words, but sadly, I've never really felt that way. I'm not sure why...I just find them kind of boring I guess. Because kids tend to learn these at different paces, I introduce several a week, but encourage the parents to work with their kids on sight words A LOT. To encourage kids to practice their sight words at home, I use an incentive system to chart their progress.
We used to have 50 sight words, but this year we added 20 more, because the Level D books they are supposed to read at the end of the year had a lot of difficult high frequency words. We're hoping learning them will give them the push they need to finish the year strong. I divided the 70 words into 7 lists of ten, and that gave me the idea for a new incentive - sight word rainbows!
The colors have also helped with differentiating at centers. I put color-coded lists in our centers, so kids know if they are working on getting the green part of their rainbow, they need to build the green words at their center. Easy for them to do independently.
Since we are a Leader in Me school, we have Leadership Notebooks where we track our goals and progress throughout the year. I made a little sight word recording sheet to go along with our rainbow theme.
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