Mapping Sight Words - Science of Reading Aligned

Erin Wing
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1st - 5th, Homeschool
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Recent science of reading research on teaching sight words supports incorporating phonics into our sight word instruction. Many of the high-frequency words we want students to recognize by sight actually follow regular phonics patterns. (And those that don't are often mostly decodable.)

Each practice page in this resource includes phoneme grapheme mapping, and other activities that help students to attend to the sequence of letters, which are two phonics activities we can use to promote word automaticity.

We can help students permanently store words in their brains as "sight words" when we use phonics methods in our sight word / high-frequency word / heart word routine.

I created this resource for students in my reading intervention classroom as a quick way to provide extra practice on particularly challenging sight words.

  • Contains 250+ no-prep pages that help students build word automaticity through activities that promote orthographic mapping.
  • Fry Instant Words 1-200 and SIPPS Extension Level sight words are included. See the complete list in the preview.
  • Designed for 2nd and 3rd grade students in a reading intervention class. (Though the word list includes a wide range and can work for younger or older students as well.)
  • These pages were designed to be used for guided or independent practice for students. (If you are interested in using the phoneme-grapheme mapping technique for introducing words, you might want to use the included blank template so students can hear the word and think about the sounds before they see it. *You can also find slides/pages that contain blank mapping templates in this resource, and in this resource.)
  • Each page follows the same simple format so students can easily learn the routine and complete the pages in just a few minutes. Once students learn the routine, these pages are great for exit tickets, centers, or homework.

The following activities are included on each page:

Phoneme Grapheme Mapping (Also known as sound mapping) Students identify sound to symbol relationships. (I hear /c/, /a/, /n/. I write c, a, n. I hear /f/, /i/, /sh/. I write f, i, sh. ) Students identify the tricky parts of the word. (In the word “said” the ai spells the /e/ sound.)

Word Search & Word Tracing: Both activities help students focus on the sequence of letters to prevent guessing. *The word tracing activity is also multi-tasking as a little extra handwriting practice.

***Check out the preview to view the word list and learn additional tips for using this resource to teach sight words.


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