Dolch Sight Word Flashcards from Pre-Primer to Third Grade (220 words):
I use these flashcards with my students daily. I divided the Dolch Sight Words into groups of ten. At the beginning of each week I distribute a set of ten words. Students cut out the words, I punch a hole in the top corner, and they place them on a 1'' ring. Each day when I meet with my students for Basic Skills Instruction, we go over our sight word rings. The students' goal is to learn the set of ten words by the end of the week. On Friday I test them on their sight word rings. For each word they recite quickly and accurately, I place a large X on the back and have them remove it from their ring. They then place it on what we call a "graduating ring". This ring acts like a medal that reminds students of all the words they learned so far. To distinguish between the original ring and the graduating ring, I use colorful yarn to tie a bow on the graduating ring. I also have my students keep the graduating ring inside their pencil case. They also can use this ring as a resource when reading or writing in the classroom. The original ring is hanging in their classroom on a bulletin board with a push pin.
At the beginning of the week I also send home a copy of the words we are studying. Students also are expected to practice them at home for homework. Along with the words, I attach a list of ten sight word activities that they can do instead of using them just as flashcards. I gradually introduce each of the sight word games in class, so that students can then re-create them at home.
My students LOVE competing with themselves to see how many sight words they can remove from their old ring and place on their "graduating ring". They feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when they start to see the graduating ring grow with more and more words. They also have a great time playing all the different sight word games.
I have been doing this with my students for the past two years and have found great success!