Lesson plan

Sight Word Salad

Your students will “eat up” this salad of sight words! In this lesson, your students will practice recognizing words that are tricky to spell.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Going on a Sight Word Scavenger Hunt pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Going on a Sight Word Scavenger Hunt pre-lesson.

Students will recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Before the lesson, pick certain words from each list to practice with your class.
  • Remind students what sight words are and the importance of fluently reading these types of words.
  • Review the sight words of the day, using the index cards as flash cards.
  • Place the cards into your demonstration bowl.
(5 minutes)
  • Separate students into groups.
  • Provide each student with a plate, and give each group a bowl full of leveled words and a set of tongs or chopsticks.
  • Review the rules with the students.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain to your students that they will take turns getting a “serving” of cards from the bowl using the tongs or chopsticks.
  • Tell them that they must correctly read the words printed on the index cards they retrieved or put them back into the bowl.
  • Explain that if a student reads the words correctly, the words are left on her plate, and the next student will then take a turn.
(15 minutes)
  • Direct your students to use the words on their plate to “add dressing” (address) the meaning of the words by using the words in a sentence.
  • Have each student write sentences using the words on her plate.

Enrichment: Set a minimum for how many cards may be in a serving. Require the writing activity to be a short story with all of the words on the student’s plate.

Support: Give students fill-in-the-blank sentences with the words. Let your students decide how large each “serving” is. Adjust the number of words used per group, as well as the difficulty of words.

(5 minutes)
  • As the students read and write, check for their use of semantics, syntax, and writing mechanics.
(5 minutes)
  • Have your students swap their plates with a partner.
  • Ask your students to read these new words to their partners.
  • Encourage students to make a new sentence with their new words to their partners.

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