Magnetic Sight Words

  • First Grade
  • Reading
  • 85 minutes
  • Standards: RF.1.3
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August 16, 2015
by Nichelle Neal

This simple review helps first-graders familiarize themselves with common words. By building their vocabulary, they'll simultaneously improve their reading skills.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and spell different sight words.

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Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Show students the sight word lists.
  • Tell the students that today, they are going to review the words on the list and spell the words with magnets.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Distribute the sight word lists.
  • Pick up the baking pan and some magnet letters.
  • Start at the top of any list and use the magnets to write the words on your baking pan.
  • Have a volunteer read the words from your pan.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Have students pair up. Give each pair a baking pan and some magnetic letters.
  • Have the students recount what you did in your model. This will help you check for understanding.
  • Assign the students an area to sit in to work.

Independent Working Time (30 minutes)

  • Have students complete the activity.
  • Walk around and monitor the students as they complete the activity.
  • Students will be working with their partner to build and read the words.
  • Students will be taking turns during this activity.



  • Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to use different sight words to make sentences.
  • Support: Help struggling students with sounding out the words on their lists.


Assessment (15 minutes)

  • Work with each student and individually assess them based on how they represented each word.
  • Students who complete one list can be given another.
  • If time is limited, assess pairs instead of individual students.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Have the students pick a word they had a hard time reading and write it down.

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