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Sight Word Fun: Am

Help students learn the sight word "am" through music, movement, and color. This quirky language lesson is guaranteed to nourish your kindergartner's vocabulary skills.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Who Am I? pre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Who Am I? pre-lesson.

Students will be able to read and write the sight word "am."

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Gather your students where they can easily see your interactive whiteboard.
  • Explain that you're going to play a song about a sight word.
  • Remind your students that a sight word is a word they will know without having to sound it out.
  • Play the Am Song video by Have Fun Teaching on the whiteboard.
  • Invite your students to stand and move to the music.
  • Ask your students to name the target word.
(10 minutes)
  • Invite your students to use "am" in a sentence.
  • Ask your students to help you sound out the letters in "am."
  • Point out that the A is making the short A sound.
  • Demonstrate how to write the word on the board.
  • Play the "Am- Sight Word Song for the word 'Am'" video by Miss Molly on the whiteboard.
  • Ask your students to read along as the words appear on the screen.
(15 minutes)
  • Use a stack of simple sight word flash cards (make sure "am" appears frequently).
  • Show the sight words to your students.
  • Instruct them to cheer or clap whenever the target word appears.
  • Hand out the I Am! mini-books.
  • Put your students into pairs for buddy reading.
  • Remind your students to keep the book in the middle, track the words with their pointer finger, and listen politely while the other student is reading.
  • If you think it is necessary, model "buddy reading" with a student.
  • Tell your students to take turns reading the mini-books to each other.
(10 minutes)
  • Show your students the I Am worksheet.
  • Tell your students to carefully trace the words and color the animals with colored pencils.
  • Tell each students to compose their own "I am" sentence on the back of the sheet.


  • Help struggling students with identifying how the color words are read.


  • Have above-level students also write two or three "I am" sentences describing themselves on the backs of their sheets.
(5 minutes)
  • During guided practice, students should be participating and clapping at the right time.
  • Move closer to students who seem to need support.
  • During the buddy reading portion, students should be on task and attentive while listening.
  • During Independent Working Time, students should remain on task and work at a steady pace.
  • Collect students' worksheets once they're done. Review them later to assess student comprehension of the lesson content.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite your students to read their own sentences to the class.
  • Ask your students to call out the sight word of the day.
  • Ask your students to call out how to spell the sight word.
  • Ask your students to describe another way to learn sight words.

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