Sight Words and High Frequency Words - Guided Reading is the best time of the day! Each group (of 6 students) typically spends 25 minutes with me participating in the following activities:
5 minutes of word study
5 minutes of sight word practice
5 minutes rereading a familiar book to build fluency
10 minutes with the new book for that day
High frequency words are words that children need to know how to read and write quickly. These words are seen most frequently in print. Many of them cannot be “sounded out” and have to be memorized. Once these words have been memorized, children read more fluently, and with greater comprehension.
Flashing sight word cards is certainly one way to practice during that 5 minutes, but I like to mix it up by using a variety of sight word practice games. Roll & Read is a group favorite!
This set includes 12 different lists (132 words) listed in order of their frequency.
Ways to Use:
Run two pages of each and you’ll have 6 strips with the same words. Run on cardstock and laminate and you’ll have these to use for years to come!
Distribute a strip and dice to each student in your group. Students should roll the dice, add the two together, and read the word next to that sum. (The pace will increase over time.)
My students love to challenge themselves. We set a timer and I count the number of words they read. They can’t wait to see if they can beat the first round by reading more words the next time. The addition practice is an added bonus!
Run black and white copies and you have a great list to send home for extra practice!
Teacher's Toolbox Tip: Have your students roll the dice on old placements. It cuts down on the noise and the flying dice! ;)