Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sight Word Writing
This sight word strategy is truly an example of how good ideas just keep getting passed along and how many children can benefit from one teacher's great idea.
I have two children who are in second grade and reading at an end of kindergarten level this year. They need a lot of practice with phonemic awareness skills and sight word mastery. At this point, they have been exposed to the district curriculum materials so many times; they really need something new. I'm always keeping my eyes open for them.
A friend of mine who is a kindergarten teacher was telling me she uses this strategy in her classroom. She got it from another teacher on her team, who in turn got it when she and a group of teachers were working on literacy centers. Wow! How many times has it been passed along? How many kids are learning because of it? I love that aspect of teachers sharing ideas!
It's very simple. You take a piece of plastic window screen (can be purchased at Home Depot) and cut it approximately 10 x 13. Then you use electrical tape to tape off the edges on both sides. Finally, use a blank sheet of paper or a simple typed up sight word worksheet and some crayons so children can practice writing their sight words "bumpy style."
I have put this in some TEACCH task baskets for these two boys. I'm also thinking of making some more and adding it to my Daily 5 Working with Words choices.