August 11, 2018
by Lily Jones

EL Support Lesson

Word Detectives

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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Context Clue Detectives lesson plan.
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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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