Friday, July 1, 2016

Sensational Sight Word System and Resources

Sensational Sight Word System

Dolch and Fry Sight Word Binder


Dolch and Fry Sight Word Binder-2





I have an awesome sight word system that I use in my classroom that really helps my students to master high frequency words!  Here is how we do sight words in my kindergarten class!

My system all revolves around my kindergarten sight word binder that I created for myself and my kindergarten team at my school.   

Here is a link to the binders I used:

Basic 1 inch Binders


Here are my Dolch binder cover sheets and tracking sheets for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.


Dolch Kindergarten Sight Word Assessment Tracking Binder       Dolch First Grade Sight Word Assessment Tracking Binder




Dolch Second Grade Sight Word Assessment Tracking Binder       Dolch Third Grade Sight Word Assessment Tracking Binder



The binder includes tracking sheets for the sight words....for Dolch all words are included from Pre-Primer through Third grade as well as the Dolch nouns and five bonus words so I could fill up the graphs.  The sets for Fry will be coming soon!


I have also created sets for the first 1,000 Fry sight words:



Fry Kindergarten Sight Word Tracking Binder      Fry First Grade Sight Word Tracking Binder

Fry Second Grade Sight Word Tracking Binder      Fry Third Grade Sight Word Tracking Binder



For this system I created a binder where I placed all my master copies in sheet protectors, a Dolch sight word list number 1 sheet for each student in my class, as well as the homework sheet (not included in my TPT sight word items but can be purchased from the links below)  from my favorite sight word resource book:  

Success With Sight Words

Success With Sigh Words

I placed all of the master copies in sheet protectors:

Sheet Protectors


At the beginning of the year I copy enough sight word homework sheets for each week of the school year.  I then date each sheet for each Monday that school is in session and then make enough copies of each sheet so each student will have one and I file these away for easy access.  

Sight Word Contract For Homework


At the beginning of the year I test all my students on the first five words from the first sight word list in the binder.  I put a line under each of these words.   I simply point to the word on the list to see if the student knows the word or not.  At the beginning of the year in kindergarten most students will not know any of the words....that is to be expected.    If the student  masters the word I put a box around it and mark that they learned the word with an x in the corresponding month graph on the sheet.  These can also be colored if you prefer to do it that way.  If they know a word then I underline the next word from the list and let them try that one.  I keep testing in this fashion until that student has five words that they do not know.  I then write the words on their homework sheet for the upcoming week which will be sent home that Monday.  



From that point forward I test students each Friday from the words on their list, I fill out their homework sheets and will then send them home on the following Monday with their homework packets.  

Once I have formed the reading groups in my classroom I write each students group number on their individual tracking sheet and as I am testing I make a list of words for each reading group.  On this list I write two words from each students individual tracking sheet that they have not mastered on the corresponding reading groups list.  Make sure to watch for duplicate words and choose a different word if this happens.   I usually have 5 to 6 kids in a reading group so this ends up being 10-12 words per group.  I then practice each of these words in reading group each day as a group and with each of the students.  This is a key component to this system as some of the students do not practice their words at home.  




For the reading group practice I have purchased 2 sets of each of the following sight word flashcards.  You can click on the pictures below to purchase these flashcards.

Sight Word Flashcards Set A   Sight Word Flashcards Set BSight Word Flashcards Set C
There is a different word on each side of the cards.  This is one reason that I buy 2 sets.  The other is that so I will have more than one card for each word in case more than one group needs the same word (this happens a lot in the beginning).  I then sort each set by alphabetical order making sure I have one card showing for each word and I store each set in a different index card box holders such as the one below (you can click on the picture below to purchase)


Index Card Boxes

Here is a picture of my sight word cards to show what it looks like with the cards sorted into boxes:


I put a sticker on each box and label it as such:  red words, blue words, green words.  After I test each student I take their reading group word lists and I pull the cards from the boxes that  are needed for each group.  On occasion you will have several groups that need the same word card....if I don't have enough I just use a sharpie and write the word on a blank index card for that group.  You can use white or the colored cards below.  I suggest the colored cards as it just makes it easier when you go to file the cards that are not needed back away the following week.  

White Index Cards


Red Index Cards
Blue Index Cards

Green Index Cards
Once I pull each groups cards, I file away any cards that are not needed from the previous week and I add the new cards to each groups reading folders.  I found these awesome folders that I use for my reading groups.  They are made of plastic so they really hold up and there are 8 pockets so that I can house all of my reading group materials.  (I love these and also use them for my math gorups!)  

Reading Group 8 pocket plastic folders

Here is a picture of mine in use.  I type up a page with the group number and student names in bold print for each folder.



If you are looking for a great book with activities to do during your reading groups this is my suggestion:  (This is my favorite teacher resource book-most of the reading group activities I do come from this book and I place the materials I print from this books included cd in the folders above)  

Small Group Reading Instruction Book by Beverly Tyner


One of the first activity that we do during reading group time is to practice our sight words.  I pull out the cards and as a group we read each card three times.  If the students do not know the word then I say it and they repeat it three times.  I then have the students read the groups book independently while I practice the words with each individual student.  I get my reading group books from Reading A-Z.  If you don't have a subscription, a great way to get one is by putting up a project on 
Donorschoose
While the students are practicing there reading skills, I work with each student individually on their sight words.  We play a game with the flashcards.  I hold all the cards in my hand I ask the student the word, if they know it, I place the card on the table.  If they do not know it, I say it and they repeat the word thee times and the card goes behind the others in my hand so that it is repeated.  This step can be differentiated.  With my higher level students I can usually put the card at the end of the pile.  With the lower level students you may need to place the missed card only a few card back or maybe even behind the next card in line.  We continue this game until all cards have been read and placed on the table.  I then repeat this process with each student in the group.  This is sometimes a lengthy process and I may need to get the group started on another activity from the file if they have all read the book several times.  

I hope that this will help you to get a successful sight word program started in your classroom.  Below I have also included some wonderful sight word resources from my TeacherspayTeachers store as well as some more awesome sight word teacher resource books that are available on Amazon.

Dolch Sight Word Work:

Some different ways that I use these products is whole group, reading group, center time, individual work during reading group time, morning work, and homework.  You can purchase these sets individually or click on the last picture to click them all in a bundle!  

Dolch PrePrimer 8 Weeks of Sight Word Work    Dolch Primer 8 Weeks of Sight Word Work    Dolch First Grade 8 Weeks of Sight Word Work

Dolch Second Grade 8 Weeks of Sight Word Work    Dolch Third Grade 8 Weeks of Sight Word Work    Dolch PrePrimer - Third Grade 8 Weeks of Sight Word Work  

Dolch Sight Word Write, Trace, Cut and Paste

 I use these items in the same ways listed above.  I am currently working on creating the sets for second and third grades and will add them here when they are ready!

        

Dolch Sight Word PowerPoints


    

    



Dolch Sight Word I Have Who Has Games

    

    


Dolch Sight Word Sentence Unscrambles

I use these items in the same ways listed above.  I will eventually create the sets for first, second and third grades and will add them here when they are ready!

    

Dolch Sight Word Story Comprehension

I use these items in the same ways listed above.  These are some of my top sellers in my store!  I will eventually create the sets for first, second and third grades and will add them here when they are ready!

    

Fry Sight Word Work:

You can purchase these individually:  

          

    

Or in this bundle:  


You can purchase these individually:  

    

    

Or in this bundle:  


You can purchase these individually: 

    

    

Or in this bundle:  


Or you can get all of the above Fry 5 Weeks of Sight Word Work items in a mega bundle:


Fry Sight Word I Have Who Has Games:

Here are the bundled sets from my TPT store.  These can also be purchased individually at my store.

    


Fry Sight Word Story Comprehension

These are some of my best selling items!  You can purchase them individually or click on the last picture to purchase all 4 sets in a bundle.

        

    

Sight Word Teacher Resource Books