Thursday, September 5, 2013

Great and Groovy Sight Word Work

Tonight is all about my thoughts on Sight Words!  I apologize for the length,  but its a favorite topic of mine right now!  My kiddos are taking off :  tracking,  using picture clues and reading like crazy already!  I introduced Week 3 Sight Word Book :  WE SEE YELLOW  this week and were so excited to see my students excited to read and share with each other their new discovery of themselves as readers.

When I came to my new school 3 years,  there was not any type of sight word plan in place.  There really was no plan or expectation for learning sight words at all.   I knew that we had to remedy that very quickly having had great success in my previous school.    With the help of my colleagues,  we took a plan that I had used previously and adapted and updated to fit our needs.   I  teach in a Title 1  school in a very poor area.   I only share to let you know that we had some big hills to climb.

Let me share our success.  The year before I came to Topping,  only 59% of Kindergarteners were reading on grade level.    The first year I was there and we implemented our sight word plan and Readers Workshop,  we had 93 % of our Kindergarteners reading at/ on Grade level and 17 % reading at a Level J or above.    The 2012-2013 school year,  we had 100%,  YEP 100%  of our K students reading at a F &P level D or above and many reading way above.   This school year 2014-2015 we had 98% of our students read at Level D or above!    I love to share that Data and growth!  .

We have had a number of teacher friends who have begun to use our sight word program this past year.  I love hearing of their successes.  One teacher said,  "I believe we had higher readers this year  because of sending the Sight Word homework and take home books home each week."   Love it!

 Our expectation is that our K kiddos will know 100 sight words by heart and be able to write 40 of them by the end of the year.   You can get this plan free here.:

My favorite resource to support this plan are the Sight Word Books that we have created to go along with it. We just updated clip art and added the sight words focused on to the front of each book.   There are a total of 30 books to support this plan and they are progressive and comprehensive throughout the year.   Take a look at the odd week Sight Word Books Bundle on my TpT store here.   You may take a look at the even week Sight Word Books Bundle on Laura's store here.   We also have lots of resources available to support this Sight Word plan on our stores as well.  Here are just a few of my favorite:   Candy Land Sight Word Cards   Fun Sight Word Partner Games (Baldy) ;  HIgh Frequency Sight Word Cards &  Stamp & Write Literacy Station Work - 1st Quarter Words.

Pete the Cat Set of 3 Sight Word Card Sets (105 words each set) for Games

One of our very favorite ways to introduce our sight words is to use Heidisongs.   Can I just say amazing!!!!

If you want to check one of our  books for free,  grab it here.  I can't wait to share more sight word activities!  Keep checking back!

Blessings for a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. WOW! Those are AMAZING RESULTS!!! I am so very impressed! I can't wait to take a look at your books that you created, too!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with me!
    Heidi Butkus