Kindergarten students often struggle to memorize sight words. I have created a set of 50 sight words and paired each with a picture representation. Several of my kindergarten students have had great success with memorizing sight words because of the associated picture. I printed these, cut them out, and mounted them to card stock. With the picture and sight word mounted on one side of the flashcard, I wrote simply the word on the other.
If you like this activity, there are other K/1 and 1st grade sight word picture cards on my TpT page for $2.00 and $3.00 respectively.
First, we practiced naming the sight words with the associated picture. As the student became proficient with this skill, I began to present the word only. If the student continued to struggle with reading the word, I simply flipped the flashcard over for the picture cue. In a matter of weeks with several of my students, they no longer relied on the visual cue.
An example of how the visual cues work: When presenting the word “get” to one of my students, he stated the phrase “get the cookie.” The picture cue associated with the word “get” is a boy reaching into a cookie jar. He remembered the picture when looking at the word only, and was able to retrieve the word from memory.