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
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Even after 21 years of teaching, there’s going to be a day at the 🙂 of the year where I am WAY over planned and the kids don’t finish half of what I had set up to do. You’ve been there, right? It’s easy to forget that all the systems and expectations you had in place in May aren’t already there in the fall. That classroom running like clockwork is long gone and you have to start from scratch…again. Tear.
Strangely, on other days, we will inevitably finish the lessons in record time and need a filler activity before the 3:05 bell!! I usually have some copies of a word search with all our names in it as a filler. But, I also like Bingo because I can be a part of the activity and show my funny side a bit!
Prep Tips: Build in some time to make the boards and have baggies with ripped up recycled paper to cover the spaces ready to go. That way when you want to play, kids can just get out their boards, have a helper pass out the baggies, and start playing! A winner’s reward can simply becoming the next game’s caller!