KNOWING THE MOST COMMON WORDS
Teachers Call This Skill:
HIGH FREQUENCY (SIGHT) WORDS
High frequency words, also sometimes referred to as sight words, will make up 50-75% of the books your child will begin reading. Many of these words can be sounded out and don't need to be memorized.
Children who can recognize these words quickly will strengthen their reading fluency and comprehension. When children can read these words effortlessly, they can spend their energy on sounding out more difficult words or understanding the story’s meaning.
Kindergarten SIPPS Sight Words
SIPPS Challenge Irregular Syllables
1st and 2nd Grade SIPPS Sight Words
Teach the Dolch Sight Word List the Easy Way
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TRY THESE ACTIVITIES
Focus on practicing a few new words at a time, and reviewing previously learned words that could use more practice.
Keep track of words your child already knows, and words they are just learning using a sight word list.
Paper Color Words for Flash Cards
Once you’ve chosen one or two words, write them clearly, in large, thick lowercase letters on a piece of paper or notecard.
Write only one word per piece of paper or notecard. Have your child color the paper to give it a blue background. Or use color paper or notecards. Using any color will help the word stand out visually and in your child’s memory.
Use these as flashcards for your child to go over their practice words each day. It will only take a few minutes and kids will feel proud to master their words!
Add a Picture
All children benefit from acting out words. Bring a new word to life by creating a movement or gesture to help them build an association to the word.
For example, for the word “my,” kids can wrap their arms around themselves and say “my” while looking at the word. For “you,” they can point both their hands at you while repeating the word “you” they read from the card.
Create two sets of word cards and play a game of “Memory.” Lay the cards face down on the floor or the table. Take turns trying to match identical words. The person with the most pairs wins.
Look at magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes, etc. and highlight and read the high-frequency words.
Post sight words or letters on the walls or floor, or around the room. Give students a flashlight and have them hunt for words. As they shine their light on the words, ask them to read them.
Set up a waste-paper basket 3 or 4 feet from a table. On scrap paper, write the high-frequency words you are practicing. Have the student say the word and if correct crumple the paper and toss it for a basket.