EL Support Lesson

Word Detectives

In this lesson, students will practice finding and reading sight words in books. This lesson can be used alone or with the Context Clue Detectives lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Context Clue Detectives lesson plan.
Grade Subject View aligned standards
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Context Clue Detectives lesson plan.

Students will be able to locate sight words.


Students will be able to use sight words in a sentence level context using sentence frames as a support.

(5 minutes)
  • Hold up the cover of a book. Use a big book if you have one available.
  • Ask students to popcorn share words they recognize on the front of the book.
  • Choral read the title, author name, and any other words on the cover of the book.
  • Tell students to find a specific word on the cover. Call on a student to come up and point to the word.
(5 minutes)
  • Hand out the Vocabulary Cards to students. As you go over each word, have students locate the card for the word you are reviewing.
  • Tell students that words on the covers of books give clues as to what the books will be about. Clues are pieces of information that help us to solve a mystery.
  • Sometimes we know how to read words in a book and sometimes we don't. When we don't, we can use clues to figure out unknown words.
  • Sometimes we take guesses about words. Guesses are when we try to read the word even though we're not sure what it is.
  • Finding, or locating, words can help us to read books by recognizing words we know.
  • When reading, we can act as word detectives to find out words. Detectives solve mysteries and use clues to uncover the truth.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that they will be locating words in a book.
  • Pass out the Word Detectives worksheet. Review the words that students will find.
  • Tell students that they will work with one book and find as many instances of the target words as they can in five minutes.
  • When five minutes are up, students will form sentences to describe the words they found using the sentence frames at the end of the worksheet.
(10 minutes)
  • Assign students partners. Have partners share the words they found and the sentences they formed on their worksheets.
  • Have partners compare and contrast the words they found. Ask students to compare the most popular words they found and notice any similarities and differences.


  • Have students work in a teacher-led small group.
  • Have students work with a partner to complete the worksheet.


  • Have students write down their observations when comparing their work to a partner's.
  • Challenge students to write a paragraph using all the sight words.
(2 minutes)
  • Ask students to answer the following questions with the corresponding sentence stems:
    • When searching for words in books, how did you know you've found the right words?
      • "I knew I found the right words because ____."
    • Which were the most popular words you found?
      • "The most popular words I found were ____."
(3 minutes)
  • Call on pairs to volunteer to share their observations with the class.

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