Sight words and early reading go hand in hand. Students get joy out of reading even simple readers, so as teachers we can help them by exposing our students to sight words. I decided I am going to use the Dolch Pre-Primer and Primer list in my classroom, because I like how the words are organized by frequency.
I split the two lists into 9 groups of words (one group of words for each month). The Dolch sight word list includes a few color words, but I decided to assign a color each month to help organize. Every month I plan on sending home a copy of the list we are working on. In addition to the list, I will be providing parents with ideas for how to practice sight words in a fun, interactive way (rather than just always using flashcards). Here is a copy of the sight word list I created organized by month.
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To track the learning of our sight words, I am going to create a rainbow tracking display. At the end of each month, students will be assessed to see if they have mastered the list. If the student has the list mastered, they will get to add their name to the corresponding color of the rainbow. For example when "Student A" shows mastery of the yellow October list, their name will be added to the yellow band of our rainbow! By the end of the year, I hope we will have a beautiful classroom rainbow with lots of added names!