Need help teaching your little ones all those critical sight words?
After 27 years of teaching, I am convinced that children learn to read by reading! "Word of the Week" and sight word flash cards simply don't work for every child.
If we want children to be fluent readers, don't they need to learn phrases rather than words alone? Many of our students come with a limited language foundation. I knew they needed to see, hear and read sight words within a sentence or even a phrase. It also had to be within a meaningful context--fun rhymes supported by engaging pictures.
I put these in plastic sheet protectors then add them to my notebook as we encounter new sight words in our readable texts and writing. I make a big deal each time I add a page to the notebook...."Hmm...should I let you see this? Maybe next week?" They'll be BEGGING you for more!
After reading them chorally in whole group, I will casually leave it on a table in the morning or during centers. Who will discover it first? It never fails; they "take the bait!" To my delight, they are "fighting" over it and begging to read the raps!
Please notice that I left 3 spaces instead of 1 space between words. This is most helpful for my early readers who have not yet mastered the coordination of finger pointing below words and matching voice to text.
Perhaps the best benefit of all is that, not only do your students learn the featured sight word, they also learn many other sight words as they read the rap!
I love using the powerpoint file after we have learned most of the 50 sight words for review. What a great sponge activity for those transition times of washing hands, preparing for lunch, or keeping the peace at dismissal time! Enjoy!