Teach upper grades and have students struggling with basic sight words? Me, too.
There are some students who need basic sight word instruction and follow-up practice. The majority of my students who fit this need are second language learners. I start or end a guided reading group with some quick sight word practice (word work), usually based on the text that we are reading together.
In addition to word work during guided reading, I created Find It, Spell It, Write It printables for use during independent practice time. Students get a few minutes to daub using a Bingo dauber, write the sight word in isolation, then use that sight word in a sentence. So far, I have made practice sheets for 80 of Fry’s First 100 words out. Check out a 10 word sample bundle I have made available for free on Teachers Pay Teachers! Denise
When I started teaching, I had big dreams of having deep conversations about chapter books like Shiloh, Tuck Everlasting, and The Island of the Blue Dolphin. I’m lucky enough to have some book clubs and those dreamed of conversations. My favorite book being Number the Stars, btw.
What I didn’t dream about and wasn’t prepared for was the number of students who could not read at grade level. They didn’t talk about that in undergrad classes!
This year, I had 4 students who couldn’t pass BAS Level A in August. That’s the most ever in one class. I struggled to find books that were low level but not insulting to the age of my students.
Finally, I decided on rainy days this summer, I would create my own series of nonfiction early readers with real photographs that would be interesting and more importantly, not insulting, to the nine and ten year old who struggle to read even the most basic sight words.
I finished the first 5 early readers ($1.25 each) and they are available on my TpT page. For a limited time, you can get all 5 books here for just $4.50 — I would love some feedback, too.