Did you know that as literate adults we have between 30,000 and 70,000 words we can read automatically, accurately, and effortlessly? These words are considered “sight words” because we instantly recognize them by sight.
While reading these words feels effortless to us as adults, as teachers we know that sight word instruction and practice is so important for young readers!
For one, it allows them to free up cognitive resources so they can focus on the tougher words that require strong decoding skills. Secondly, knowing sight words is a huge confidence booster for students! Strong sight word knowledge allows them to understand the majority of the text, even when their decoding skills are still developing.
Students spend a lot of time working on word recognition, so to keep things fresh and engaging it’s important we provide them with a range of sight word activities.
Today I’m wrapping up my series of posts on different ways to practice sight words. If you missed the previous posts, you can take a look back at 5 Best Apps for Teaching Sight Words and 5 Online Games for Sight Word Practice.
In today’s final post I am thrilled to share 5 Videos for Sight Word Practice!
These online videos will have your students singing, dancing and learning their sight words all at once!
So let’s take a look at what I’ve found…
Fun Sight Word Videos
Jack Hartmann has created a ton of great sight word videos. I especially like the video series Ready to Read Sight Words! There are 20 videos of 10 sight words.
In each video students will spell and say the sight word three times and then he asks students to spell and say the sight word on their own three times. The next time the sight words are shown and students are asked to say the sight word before we give the answer for higher order learning.
Here is video (list 1) of Ready to Read Sight Words:
Below is the 2nd video of Ready to Read Sight Words. List 2 includes the following sight words: and, we, me, at, come, can, my ,an, with and no.
You can check out the remaining 18 of Jack Hartmann’s Ready to Read Sight Word Videos here!
The Kindergarten Sight Word Dance Song This video gives students sight word practice while also allowing them to DANCE! A perfect way to get some energy out while learning!
Phonics Man Sight Word Videos Kids love Phonics Man! His sight word videos even allow the kids to practice sight words while doing FortNite dances! 😲
Harry Kindergarten is a kid favorite! The video The Sight Word Song (Version 1) practices seeing and spelling 20 high-frequency sight words: like, play, home, this, is, it, in, we, can, see, are, and, the, you, am, my, come, here, mom, and dad to a catchy tune.
In addition, Harry also created The Sight Word Song 2 Practicing the following high-frequency sight words: go, look, to, for, get, got, do, man, be, up, so, at, he, not, an, on, me, of, had, has.
More Sight Word Practice Activities
If you are looking for additional ideas to give your students more hands-on sight word practice (without a screen), I’m happy to share some of my very own sight word activities for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students!
Sight Word Practice with Fine Motor Activities
First, there is my FINE MOTOR SIGHT WORD BUNDLE which includes 6 different activities that pair sight word practice fine motor skill development.
Each activity offers a hands-on, engaging way for young learners to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they are work to read, write, and spell their sight words.
Students will use hands-on materials that develop fine motor skills as they play games, fill, cut, trace, and spin sight words.
Take a closer look at the post Sight Word Activities for Fine Motor Development for more details about each activity and to download a set of FREE sight word fine motor activities!
Hidden Sight Words
Student engagement is peaked by giving them a hand lens to search for the hidden words in the seasonal picture! I love that they have to pay close attention to the spelling of the high frequency word spelling as they write them in word shape boxes. Be sure to grab the FREEBIE to try in your classroom in this post!
One of the best and most important jobs we have as teachers to young learners is teaching them how to read. While there are many skills and strategies we use to do so, sight word practice is one that certainly gets a lot of time and attention. I hope that the activities and resources I’ve shared in this series of posts will help you keep this important practice fresh and engaging in your classroom!
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