These sentence strips are great for those students who are struggling to begin reading. Rather than focusing on one strategy such as sight words, picture clues or sounding words out these strips will encourage students to use all the strategies you have worked so hard to teach them during the one activity.
Why I created Beginner Reader Sentence Strips:
These sentences were created for those students who are struggling to begin their reading journey. I worked at a school with a high number of ESL and low SES children, many of these children had not picked up a book before beginning school and struggled to begin reading. I constantly bombarded them with sight words, sounds, repetitive books and every program or product I could get my hands on. Whilst they would show progress in each area they could never put all the skills together, in one situation they could use the picture clues well, in another they could read sight-words and another they could sound-out words perfectly, but when it came to sentences they just could not mesh all these skills together. I hunted TPT for the perfect product but I found most focused only on one skill, I needed something to help students mesh these skills together; this is why I have created for you the Beginner Reader Practice Sentence Strips. They are simple enough for all readers and of course require students to use a variety of skills in one sentence, the best part is, my students love them!
How to use sentence strips:
Each page has a set of 4 sentences, these sentences are accompanied by a picture. The sentences will increase in difficulty slightly, using simple words; as the sentences build they also my change structure (ensuring students are reading the words rather than guessing the words.) I use these words for daily practice so I like to have laminated copies, kept together with a key-ring. Of course the pages are sorted into their set’s so you can just print-and-go! They also make great warm up, whole class activities; the possibilities are endless.
Included Sight Words:
(note: These words are not from any particular lists, they are simply the words that were used frequently when creating the sentences. They are however found within the first 20 words of most sight word lists)
the // my // I // play // can // this // is // it // your