In my wise *old* age I have also learned that direct instruction in sight words and frequent reading practice with appropriate texts promote the development of automaticity (the ability to recognize words quickly, effortlessly, and accurately). This means, my fluent readers do not have to devote energy to decoding words, so they can focus their attention on what the text means.
*DING DING DING DING*
Yay! This is what we REALLY want kids to do, right? We want our kiddos to comprehend. Why else do we work so hard all year teaching those pre-reading/reading skills? :)
Hmmm, I might be on to something. Too bad I am a few years late, right?!
So I have been thinking of different, fun ways to engage my kiddos in sight word activities. One review activity I LOVE and the kiddos find super interesting is... (drum roll) highlighting! So simple, so smart and they love it!
I give my kiddos a highlighter, a newspaper or magazine page and pick a word or two to focus on. Not only does it have them searching and using those identification skills, but it also illustrates how important and how frequently we use these words. At the end of the activity, they are always surprised how much they have highlighted.
I sometimes use this activity with my whole group, in a small group or as a workstation. So simple, right?!
I also created a sight word graphing game with dice using the Dolch words from the Pre-Primer and Primer lists.
I made this game in the middle of last year, so I just mixed the word lists together for my kiddos and didn't really do it by skill level. I wanted to use it this year right away, so I gave it a little face-lift and used the Dolch lists.
The words with the blue table are the words from the Pre-Primer list. The words with the green tables are Primer words.
I think that having the colors will make it much easier to differentiate the game for my kiddos.
You can check out the Roll a Word here!
Isn't the game adorable?! I got some of the graphics from The 3am Teacher. You should check her out - so cute! Something for all your classroom needs!