I’m no expert…just a Kindergarten teacher trying to do the best by my kids while all along trying to meet expectations set by my region, district and New York State.
Kids need to know sight words, but EngageNY’s Skill Strand doesn’t even touch on them until Unit 7. We Kindergarten teachers know that our districts want our kids reading BEFORE March and kids want to read too! Plus, who can hold off these blossoming writers?!
So, my plan, which has taken me quite a while to wrap my head around, and that I’m still not quite sure is what I want it to be (hence the “semi” complete term) starts with decodable words with a few tricky words incorporated to begin, progressing to similar-patterned words and comparison words with a few tricky words, to downright tricky words for sets of sight words that will help your children become better and more fluent readers. I wait until January to really start hitting these sight words. It’s somewhere in Skills 5 that I start them (all depending on your students, of course!).
This resource contains 7 sets of sight words (with 12 words in each set), flashcards, game ideas and directions, as well as a complete set of Sight Word BINGO game boards to use. In addition, directions and resources to use a Word Work Folder to help students with both Skills Strand tasks and sight word learning are included. Essentially--this is everything you need to successfully incorporate these sight words into your small-group instruction!