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Sight words in an interactive notebook {freebie!!}
9 Oct, 2013. 6 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Language, Free. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Sight Words…. Love them or hate them, teaching them makes your life so much easier as a teacher and it helps your students become better readers. My students this year are all over the map when it comes to sight words. I have some still mastering the pre primer list and others who have already mastered all the pre primer through the third grade lists! {CRAZY}

I wanted an easy way to keep track of each of my students’ progress along their sight word mastery journey and created a very simple system. I personally love lists. I love checking something off of a ‘to do’ list and have been known to add items to a ‘to do’ list just so I could cross it off. {true story}

The old system that I was using for sight word documentation was just not working for me this year and I decided to try out a check list. I created half sheet lists for each Dolch list and filed them in a folder to keep them organized. I printed out the master list (the list with all the word) on a fun colored piece of paper and then printed the lists on white paper. I also made “master lists” without the label on the bottom in case you don’t want your students to know what list they are on.

When I test my students, I will give them the fun colored page and mark how they did on the vertical check list. (I will file these in my student folders to keep track of how the are doing.)

For practice with the words, I decided to try out an interactive notebook. I printed out enough squares for all of my students and had them write each of our new “Words to Know” on each square.

I let them write the words in different colored markers to help them remember their words.

 They then glued their words into their notebooks and drew a picture to help them remember what they word was. 
 If they finished early, I let them get out our word work tools and they were able to practice spelling their words. 
 
My students really enjoyed this activity and I think that it will really help my readers. I love that I can have different students writing different words and that they can look back at their own pictures to help them remember what they wrote. 
Another great tool to use when teaching sight words is SONGS. My class loves this song: 
We sing it at least 3 times a week! 
We also use whole brain teaching’s SuperSpeed Reading. My class LOVES this. Click on the Screenshot of their webpage to go get it FOR FREE! 
If you would like a copy of the sight word lists just click on the button below to download the google document for FREE! 

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6 Comments
  1. Thank you for sharing these Kristen! It will help me to track my kiddos better:)
    ~Natalie
    Natalies Nook

  2. Lori -

    Thank you for sharing these ideas! Sight words are so important to learn. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. I ADORE this idea. Our school requires fry words. Any chance you would make these for fry words?

    rain_chick2001@hotmail.com

  4. What a great idea, Kristen! Keeping track of the differentiated spelling in lower ele is so tricky since they are all at such different levels. I LOVE the idea of the interactive notebook to help them with the words they are working on. Such an awesome resource.

    Sara
    One, Two, Three: Math Time

  5. I love what you are doing with your Firsties and Interactive Notebooks! I can’t help but think that they feel so BIG because they are able to keep everything all in one place and it saves on you having to keep up with all of their independent activities.

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane
    4mulaFun

  6. Hello, I saw in Pinterest you have a sight word game, called Shoo fly don’t bother me. I’d love to know the rules. Could you put the link to that post on here? Thank you.

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  • Thank you for sharing these Kristen! It will help me to track my kiddos better:)
    ~Natalie
    Natalies Nook

  • Lori -

    Thank you for sharing these ideas! Sight words are so important to learn. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

  • I ADORE this idea. Our school requires fry words. Any chance you would make these for fry words?

    rain_chick2001@hotmail.com

  • What a great idea, Kristen! Keeping track of the differentiated spelling in lower ele is so tricky since they are all at such different levels. I LOVE the idea of the interactive notebook to help them with the words they are working on. Such an awesome resource.

    Sara
    One, Two, Three: Math Time

  • I love what you are doing with your Firsties and Interactive Notebooks! I can’t help but think that they feel so BIG because they are able to keep everything all in one place and it saves on you having to keep up with all of their independent activities.

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane
    4mulaFun

  • Hello, I saw in Pinterest you have a sight word game, called Shoo fly don’t bother me. I’d love to know the rules. Could you put the link to that post on here? Thank you.

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