Sight Words

I'm always looking for new ways to practice sight words.  

Sight Word Flip Books
The first grade teachers at my school are making these flip booklets with their students!  All of the words were found in newspapers and educational catalogs!  I get about 4 catalogs a day, so I'm happy to give them to any teacher that will use them!

You can download the cover for the flip book here (for free)!

ABC Magnetic Letter Lite App
This is magnetic letter app is great for practicing making words.  I just use the free version, because all I really want are the magnet letters.  It works great for making sight words!

Students used sight word cards and built the words using the app!

Word Boxes
When I was observing a reading interventionist, she was having students find their sight words in books, and then they were using magnetic letters and putting the letters in the correct boxes. 

I made a slightly different version that you can download here.

I really like when students can have magnets that have vowels in a different color.  This kit we are using has vowels in red and consonants in blue.  My friend that teaches Reading Recovery likes students to use all colors of magnetic letters.  I also made a plain black version available.

Next Step in Guided Reading Ideas

I love using Jan Richard's ideas to help students build their visual memory. Her book The Next Step in Guided Reading is my go to teacher resource!   She has a 4 step plan for students to practice sight words.  You just need magnetic letters!  
Jan Richardson emphasizes practicing with one word at a time.
The first step is figuring out what is missing.  Then students mix up their letters and build the word (Mix & Fix).  Students practice table writing the word, and finally they write the words on whiteboards.
Jayne from Smart Kids has made amazing visuals to help support the steps for building visual memory and help students learn their sight words.    Check out her blog post!


  1. Hi Bridget, I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today cause I didn't know you were out there! My favourite GR organizational tip is keeping ALL my GR supplies (books, binders, white boards, everything) all in one place around my rainbow table. That's the only thing that keeps me semi-organized:)
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  2. That is a fun idea for a flip book! And that app looks great too! Thank you for sharing that.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Thanks for sharing! I teach 4th and have a son in Kindergarten, I am often searching for ways to help teach him his sight words.


  4. Thanks for sharing. I found you through the techie link up. That app looks so fun and I love the name and concept of your blog!

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  5. Oh my gosh! I seriously LOVE the sight word flip book! I can't wait to get started! And....ooops! I just tossed a catalog today!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Primary Inspired

  6. Oh...Thank you for the app recommendation!

  7. Love the idea of the sight word flip book and finding the sight words in authentic reading or places! I also love that app...must try!!

    Table Talk with C & C

  8. I love these ideas! thank you! Paula @ educatingchildrenwithdisabilities.blogspot


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