Let your students seek the winning prize in this word and letter recognition activity. Part scavenger hunt and part language practice, this lesson is sure to please young readers.
Students will be able to recognize high frequency sight words by sight through letter recognition.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Begin the lesson with engaging questions such as: Have you ever read words from a newspaper or book that you did not know how to say? How can we learn about new words we find?
- Show students the list of sight words that students will work on.
- Explain to students that they will seek these sight words around the classroom with a buddy. Once they find the sight word, they will say the word, put the word together and write it on their sight word list.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Present a list of sight words on the chart paper.
- Explain to students that they will encounter these sight words when reading books, magazines, newspapers, or even looking at television.
- Explain to students that knowing these words will help them to become better readers.
- Show students the first sight word. Read the word aloud in a clear voice.
- Ask students what the first letter in the word is and what sound the letter makes. For example. show the word "look." Tell the students to say the word "look." Ask the students, "What is the first letter in the word?"
- Ask students engaging questions such as: What other letters are in the word? What sounds do the other letters make?
- Repeat this process with each sight word offered.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Before this activity begins, staple one sight word card to the outside of a resealable plastic bag. Cut each letter from chosen sight word. Place the letters in the bag.
- Give students their clipboards, pencils, and sight word seek paper.
- Tell students they will have two minutes to find one sight word in a designated area with a peer.
- Show each group their designated area and one sample sight word pack.
- Tell students they will find one sight word card with a resealable plastic bag.
- Remind students to only choose one sight word.
- Tell students to gently open the bag on the floor, look at the card, say the word, build the word, and spell the word out loud.
- Tell students to write the word on the sight word list.
- Encourage students to sound out the word if they are unable to say the word.
- Explain to students once they complete writing the word, to place the letter pieces back in the resealable plastic bag, back where they found the word.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Ask students to switch designated areas with another group.
- Explain to students that they will complete the same activity, but in a different area with different words from the list shown earlier.
- Tell students to keep their clipboard and continue to find one sight word at a time.
- Tell students to say the name of the sight word, spell out the sight word with the letters given, and write the sight words on their list.
- Explain to students they can use the chart paper to help them recognize the words.
- Remind students to complete one word at a time, not to collect all of the words.
- Remind students to place the sight word back in its original area, and to put letters and cards back into the resealable plastic bags.
- Enrichment: Students can be given opportunities to extend their use of vocabulary words through forming beginning sentences with the sight words given on the back of the student seek and find sheet.
- Support: Students are offered peer support to learn letter and word recognition. Peers will remind them of where to place the words on the list and how to spell the sight words through repetition. Students can also look at the sight words stapled to the front of the resealable plastic bags as an additional resource and visual for building their sight words.
An interactive whiteboard may be used to display material in place of the chart paper.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (10 minutes)
- In advance, write students' name in the blank spaces on your assessment sheet.
- As students work, walk around the classroom and observe their lists.
- Cross out sight words students cannot recognize.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Have sight words partially filled in on the chart paper.
- Explain to students they will need to fill in the missing letter in the word to correctly guess the sight word.
- Remind students to look at their own list to guess the word correctly.
- Ask for student volunteers.
- Ask students to fill in the missing letter for the sight word and to tell peers the name of the sight word.
- Repeat this process until all of the sight words from the list are complete.