Open Sight Words is a sight word program that was made for PM Readers. I implemented it at my school to replace our old sight-word program. It’s designed for schools that use PM readers and PM Bench-marking. It was a huge success in my school and other schools in my area have adopted the program and wanted to know more information about it. I’ve compiled information about my sight-word program to make it easier to share with new schools that may be interested.
Why did I create Open Sight Words?
I first had the idea for my own sight word program when I started teaching. My school was using a popular series of sight words but I noticed that the words in this program didn’t correlate to the words found in our readers. I spent hours and hours going through our low-levelled readers and analysing the words used. I discovered that some of their first-level sight-words in my schools program didn’t even appear in our readers until level 8.
I set to work creating my own set of sight words that would work for my school. My school used PM readers and PM benchmarking. The word lists I’ve made correlate to the PM series of books and help students become familiar with words they will frequently use in the beginnings stages of writing. Each list is only 9-12 words, a manageable amount for young learners.
Should you use Open Sight Words?
If your school uses PM Benchmarking and PM readers, then this program will be perfect for students who are reading at levels 1-10. All you need is a printer!
Why I named the lists ‘Open Sight Words’
I named these lists Open Sight Words because they are open to everyone to use. I became a teacher because I wanted to educate children. I believe education should be free and I am happy to share my lists with other schools that will benefit from this program, because the children are the ones who benefit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
That means you are able to share this document as much as you want. You can upload it to your website, send it to other people, photocopy it, email it and give copies to anyone who could benefit from this document. You must include a link back to www.opensightwords.com on all resources made though. :)
Free Resources Available to Support Open Sight Words:
Open Sight Word Activity Pack by Kangaroo Classroom
If you have any resources that you've made to support Open Sight Words, let me know and I will add them here!