Here are some basic high-frequency sight word lists that you can download for free. These words were taken from the Fountas and Pinnell, Dolch Word and Fry Sight Word Lists.
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Suggestions and Activities for Use:
- Start with High-Frequency Sight Word List #1 and use 4 – 6 short easy words from it to start.
- Practice the same words for 1 – 2 weeks.
- If you child needs more time, allow this before moving on. Every child learns at their own pace.
- Don’t move onto High-Frequency Sight Word List #2 until the child knows the words from List #1.
- Keep the lessons short, engaging and fun.
- You can cut out the words and hide them or pin up around the house or classroom.
- Play the “Write the Room” game and copy the words you see onto a little clipboard.
- “Rainbow Writing” involves the use of different coloured crayons. Trace over the same word again and again in different colours until it looks like a rainbow.
- Print off the the chosen list of words. Place inside a plastic page sleeve and use an erasable marker to trace over the words.
- Have pretend spelling tests and give encouragement or stickers for a job well done.
- Clap out the letter names or sounds in each word together.
- Print out two sets of words or word lists and cut them up for a matching game.
- Place salt or play sand on a cookie sheet and write the letters and words on it with your fingers.
- Use clay or playdough to make the letters and words.
- Put the words in a bag, pillowcase or empty plastic jar and take turns pulling them out and saying them.
- Write the words onto Popsicle sticks and keep them in a little cup. Pull them out one at a time and take turns saying them.
- Print the words out on different coloured paper or cards. Ensure that each word is on a different coloured piece of paper. It helps with visual learners.
- Print off a word list. Then find the same words in old newspapers and magazines and cut them out to make a collage. ( A collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper are arranged and stuck down together).
- Look for the same sight words in the books you read. Then point them out and discuss them while you read together.
- Once you learn the words you can make a word wall or add magnets to the back of the words and stick them on the fridge.
- You can also make a scrapbook and keep the words in a jar or Ziploc bag.
- Children need lots of repetition in order to learn new words so keep the lessons short and practice daily.