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CVC and Sight Word Activities

I have spent many years working with intervention students from TK to 2nd grade, with helping them learn to read. If I have learned anything from this process, it is that you have to make it fun or else most will not be interested. I am often working with the lowest students, the ones who struggle the most, so grabbing their attention is pertinent. 

Your student does not need to know all their letter sounds to start with CVC words and sentences. Starting to practice using them in sentences is essential though.

TIP: If just starting out with CVC words, just start with the -at family of words. They are the easiest. 

What are the Benefits?

  • Builds a student’s confidence with reading. 
  • Helps the students go from reading words in isolation, to seeing familiar words in sentences, to seeing sentences in a book, to then eventually writing these words. It is a natural process
  • Using these words is an easy activity that students can do with a partner

What to do first?

Make cards with the student’s sight words, that they are currently using. If they are still on a lower level of sight words, make sure to start with those words, no matter their age. 

How to make the cards?

  1. You can buy sight word flash cards at the dollar store or a place like Target. However, they don’t usually have the right words in their packs to use. Most often they have words that are too hard.  
  2. You can use 3 x 5 cards and use a Sharpie to write the words on there (this is a great job for a parent helper or aide). The amount of 3 x 5 cards I use as a teacher is crazy. I buy a huge amount at the beginning of the year!
  TIPS: Write the words large and write the same word on multiple cards
                  Laminate the cards, because they will be used a lot!

     3. If you don’t want to make cards, you can purchase these ones already made. CLICK HERE!

     You would still want to laminate them because they will be used frequently, all year long, and for the next several years. These cards include over 360 words in flash card form and include CVC words, Pre-K, Kinder and 1st grade Sight Words. They are words that grow with the students or with your child.

How to Use the Flash Cards…

  1. Give the student a short sentence with words they already know. (See some simple sentences below). It would be best if the student knows 100% of the words. If not, do the 80/20 rule. They should know 80% of the words and 20% are new words.                                                                                                  Example: If a sentence is 5 words long, 4 are known words and 1 is new. 
  2.  Lay the word cards out on the table (only grab the ones you will be using)
  3. The teacher reads the sentence to the student. Point at each word as you read it. 
  4. Have the student read the sentence and point at each word as they read it. (They will probably just have memorized it, which is fine). 
  5. The teacher reads the sentence again, then they have the student read it again. 
  6. If there are no errors, add a word to the sentence. Continue to add words to the sentence, one at a time and repeat the steps #1-5. 
  7. Stop if the child starts to have a lot of errors or reaches the frustration level. 

Sample Sentence Build up  ( I used the Dolch Preschool Words for this sample)

I see a can. (all sight words, but can is also a CVC)

I see a red can. (all sight words, but can and red are also CVC)

I see the big red can. (Switch the for a)

I see the big red and blue can.

Look, I see the big red and blue can.

Look, I see the big cat and blue can. 

Look, I see my big cat and the blue can.

We see my big cat in the blue can.

We see my big cat it is in the blue can.

We see my little cat it is in the red can.

Here is my little cat, it is in my red hat.

Here is my little fat cat, it is in my red hat.

Here is the little fat cat and my rat, it is in my red hat.

Here is the little fat cat and my rat, it can run. 

Here is the little fat cat and my rat, it can run up and down.

Here is the little fat cat and my rat, it can run up to the play.

 

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to practice sight words in your classroom or at home with your children.

Make Teaching Fun This Week!

 

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