Monday, March 11, 2013

Sight Words Flash

I don't know about you, but my kids are having trouble learning some of those tricky "rule breaking" sight words (said, have, they...). We go over and over them but they are still so tricky to get. To try and help them learn them I've created a little thing I call "Sight Words Flash". It's a PowerPoint where the slides flash for 2 seconds at a time. I put it up on my Promethean Board at least once a day and have the students read the words aloud as they flash on the screen. They really like it. I'm hopeful that the repetition of doing it daily will help to reinforce those words. I've created several different versions based on our district words and Fry's sight words lists for kindergarten. You can pick them up at my TPT store! Click on the links below to go tomy TPT store.


  1. This is a great way to review, but what I don't understand about the Fry list is that many of the words are phonetically regular (such as in, it, is, and). I don't understand why they're considered sight words.

    Nana P, a homeschooling grandma

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  3. You are right about that. The reason they are called sight words is not that they have to be learned by sight, which certainly many of them do, but that they are the 100 most common used words in the English language. They are the ones that we read and write most often. There are many lists out there, but Fry seems to be the most consistent. I teach my students that there are rule followers (the ones you can sound out) and rule breakers (the ones that do not follow typical phonics rules, which are usually the ones people refer to as "sight words" as they are learned by sight and not phonics). So really, the term refers to words that students should learn and be able to read automatically (by sight, not sound) rather than by trying to decode. Does that make sense? I hope this helps!! Great question!