Free Heart Words – Teaching High Frequency ( sight words )

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The Science of Reading tells us that the Heart Word method is an effective way to teach kindergarten, first and second-grade students high-frequency words. This resource is a FREE sample of my Heart Words Resource.  It includes digital teachings slides,  information on and tips for teaching heart words, printable students activities for 5 high-frequency words and more!



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This is a sample of my Heart Words Resource that includes 5 words.

The traditional method for learning high frequency words by rote memorization doesn’t work for all students.  Using orthographic mapping strategies, the science-based heart word method teaches students to sound out the parts of irregular words that do follow phonics rules.  Students then only need to learn a small portion of the word that is the “tricky part” by heart.

This resource is science based and includes everything you need to successfully teach your students how to utilize the heart word method in order to become successful readers.  This NO PREP resource will save you time and allow you to feel confident while teaching your students to become heart word masters!

Included in the full resource:

  • Research based best practices and teaching tips for the teacher
  • Digital teaching slides for 220 high frequency sight words
  • Independent student practice printable for each word
  • Foldable craftivity to further extend and enhance student learning for each word
  • Words and heading for Heart Words bulletin board

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44 reviews for Free Heart Words – Teaching High Frequency ( sight words )

  1. joy detweiler (verified owner)

    Great resource to use in the classroom. Easy, no prep resource. Thank you!

  2. Tiphany Vietor (verified owner)

    I just added a sound wall to my room. I am excited to have these great resources to go with the sound wall. Easy and no prep. Perfect for a busy teacher.

  3. Tiphany Vietor (verified owner)

    I just added a sound wall to my room. I am excited to have these great resources to go with the sound wall. These are perfect for a busy teacher.

    • Christina

      Hooray!! I’m excited for you and your students! Thanks for sharing feedback 🙂

  4. Ellen Gossel (verified owner)

    This resource really helped me get started with teaching heart words. I like the way the heart words are scaffolded with repetition, reading and writing.

  5. Seta Timbreza (verified owner)

    Teaching slides help teachers as well as students.

  6. Heather Skaggs (verified owner)

    I love these!! my students love them, they are engaging and easy to use. So helpful when teaching new “sight words”.

  7. STACEY SIMMONS (verified owner)

    As a Resource teacher I have older students that still really struggle with high frequency sight words. I am very glad to have a resource that is easy to use and fun for the students. Thank you!

  8. Heather Stover (verified owner)

    This is a great resource that aligns well with the SOR and the Sound Wall. My students have really learned and retained the heart words I have taught this year! I will be purchasing the whole bundle!

  9. Brenda Parsons (verified owner)

    This is a great and very valuable resource. I like how for my younger students there is the cut and paste option, while the sentence writing is more appropriate for my older students. Thanks!

  10. Morgan Morris (verified owner)

    I can’t wait to incorporate this into my classroom next year!

  11. Alexandra Dalimi (verified owner)

    I love that you have two versions of the activity for differentiating! I always get annoyed with the resources from other places and don’t ask them to use them in a sentence or something more challenging.

  12. Renee Nahayowski (verified owner)

    Wow! Thank you so much! My students will definitely benefit from this!

  13. Jill Damm (verified owner)

    I love that this resource allows the students to see and physically manipulate the phonemes in the words. I couldn’t use a few of then based on our phonics program pairing letters for some phonemes differently, i.e. -all, -am, -an

  14. Melissa Erickson (verified owner)

    Melissa Erickson
    I just started reading about the science of reading. This is a great resource to help me wade through the new way of teaching high frequency words. Thank you for your time consuming work. I can’t wait to use it net year with my first graders!

  15. Michelle Witter (verified owner)

    Great materials to use to teach sight words.

  16. jtorres (verified owner)

    I’ve been reading a lot recently about heart words and how to best introduce sight words. This is a great resource to help me introduce and follow up with these new words.

  17. Michelle Blakeley (verified owner)

    This is a great resource to introduce sight words. I saw so much progress in my students this year using this resource. Thank you!!!

  18. Colleen Floyd (verified owner)

    I teach kindergarten so we don’t have a lot of heart words we introduce but I love the foundation this can help my littles set!

  19. Downey Hinton (verified owner)

    I can’t wait to use these in my classroom this year!

  20. Downey Hinton (verified owner)

    I can’t wait to use this resource in my classroom this year with my students!

  21. Cathy Spies (verified owner)

    I am anxious to use this heart word resource with the students I work with. I do reading intervention as a Paraprofessional for K – 2. The flip charts will be great for segmenting and to specifically isolate the tricky, heart-word, parts of the word. Thanks!!

  22. Victoria Pearson (verified owner)

    Great way to teach heart words

  23. Sheri Gaetz (verified owner)

    This is going to really help my students be successful with tougher words!

  24. Tara Fox (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this! I am a middle school reading intervention specialist and have students reading at a 1st grade level. These are perfect for them!! It has saved me so much time!! Love the SoR approach!

  25. christine schnaser (verified owner)

    This is a great resource for my students and engagement. They are learning their words quickly.

  26. Park Ridge school (verified owner)

    As a newbie to science if reading this resources has given me a valuable information on how to introduce and teach heart words .

    • Christina (verified owner)

      Fantastic! Let me know if you have any questions I can help support you with! -Christina

  27. Sian Brockhouse (verified owner)

    Thank you for this. As a new learner to Science of Reading this is very helpful to me to give me some ideas on how to teach other “Heart Words” and help my students become more successful readers.

  28. Bethany Greiner (verified owner)

    This resource is great. My para uses it when she is working with my reading groups on their HFW. The only thing I would change is I wish there was a small cheat sheet to show where the heart goes and why with a short explanation. I can’t access the slides as we don’t have access to power point and I can’t get them to open in Google Slides, so it’s possibly that shows the info. But a small cheat sheet list would be nice becuase then you could just keep it right in front of you while you are doing them.

  29. Judy Davis (verified owner)

    Thank you for this resource! It was very engaging for my students! they have asked many times to continue to use this as a learning activity in our small groups!

  30. Gail Miller (verified owner)

    Thanks so very much for the Heart words. They helped my grandson tremendously.

  31. Penny Green (verified owner)

    We are currently out for the summer but I am very excited to have these resources! Before school was out, I had introduced the students to heart words and it really caught on with them so these will be a great reinforcement for learning more heart words. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Jessica Toland (verified owner)

    This has been a game-changer for my students struggling with sight words! Thank you!

  33. Samara Viernes (verified owner)

    I’m not a teacher by profession. I’m a parent who wants to teach my kids what they don’t understand in school.
    I’m so happy that I found this resource for free. It helped my kids a lot.
    Thank you so much for this. We really appreciate your hard work.

  34. jponte60 (verified owner)

    You are a lifesaver for a busy teacher! Such engaging resources that are so helpful. Thank you!

  35. Jaclyn Reid (verified owner)

    It is so good to get a product that is ready to go and in tune with student and teacher needs

  36. jennifer.dobson (verified owner)

    Great product that is ready for students and teachers to use.

  37. Gissel Gonzalez (verified owner)

    This resource was ready to use and helped me plan a lesson. Great activity where the students connected to the concept. .

  38. Amy Thomas (verified owner)

    I love that the materials are ready to use and align with SoR!

  39. Sam D (verified owner)

    I love how easy it is to use in the classroom – teaching slides pre made and printable individual work to check student understanding!

  40. Diane Prince (verified owner)

    My students love this activity. It has really helped them to learn their heart words. Thank you.

  41. Veronica West (verified owner)

    I teach a combination 3rd and 4th grade classroom with lower functioning students. This resource has been great for my students. It doesn’t feel like work to them. I love the fact that all the work has been done for me!

  42. Howida Mahmoud (verified owner)

    Thank you very much for this product❤️
    really helped me to teach heart words.
    Thanks for your great resources..

  43. Melissa Illuzzi (verified owner)

    ♥♥ Love this resource! These were perfect for an intervention group I am working with because it is both printable for game-like review as well as digital for whole group practice. They printed out perfectly and were easily laminated for long term use.

  44. amy walker (verified owner)

    Great resource for my 1st and 2nd grade OG tutoring sessions.

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