You can find a free download of practice pages for the sight word “blue” at the end of this post – but please take the time to read first. 🙂
These are the practice pages I prefer to use when working on sight words. They are well suited for:
- work stations / centers
- collaborative tasks
- extra work
- creating a book, “My Book of Sight Words”
About sight words. Sight words are words that appear so frequently that they make out a vast majority of the word material in our language. When working with automatization of these words, young learners will have an easier time acquiring functional reading and writing skills. It will be a particularly good aid for students struggling with their reading speed. When the technical reading skills are improved, reading comprehension improves as a result. Students then use less of an effort decoding letters, and can focus their energy on understanding.
About the practice pages
13 different tasks for each word!
The different tasks are:
→ Color – the headline for page 1 is also a coloring task. The students may color as they wish, only focusing on the word form.
→ Write the word (page 1) – writing the word in two different fashions: in letterboxes and on lines (tracing).
→ Read 3 times – consists of one or two short sentences, with the sight word underlined. The student reads the sentences three times, coloring a star for each completed reading.
→ Find the word (page 1) – the students may circle, underline, cross etc the sight word. The other words are non-words (silly words) or other sight words.
→ How many syllables? – the students must listen to the word and count the number of syllables it contains. Most sight words will have one or two syllables.
→ Spell 3 times – for this task you need to decide whether the students spell the word with graphemes or phonemes. I’ve usually told them to use the letters for their first spelling, sounds for their second spelling, and that they can choose for the third. The students color a star for each time they spell the word.
→ Draw – a simple drawing task! Some students choose to create a mosaic of the word, some draw/write it in very bold letters and similar.
→ Tasks – I like to use learning partners in the classroom, and I particularly like oral activities. These tasks are designed for the student to spell and read to a friend (from the practice page), and then to listen. Finally they can compare answers. This is meant to be a brief task.
→ Find the word (page 2) – the students color the correct words. Sometimes we choose to color correct words green, and incorrect words red. To save time the students may also just cross out the correct words.
|Sight Words 1 – available on TpT|
→ Trace 5 times – the students trace the sight words five times, coloring a star each time. Using different colors looks great! Students that work hastily often speed through this task, so it might be a good idea to underline that they need to trace the letters carefully.
→ Write (page 2) – more letterboxes!
→ Finish the sentences – the students will fill in the sight words into the provided sentences. In most cases the first two sentences are equal to the sentences on page 1.
→ Cut, sort and glue! – the students cut the different letter banners, sort them, and glue them together to form the sight word. NOTE! This task is purposefully not solvable on all practice pages. Some pages will have left over letters. The students can still glue these to the page and fill in the missing letters with a pencil.