Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sight Word Interventions and Organizing the Mayhem (and a FREEBIE)

I've recently started creating sight word packs that I've dubbed as my interventions.  Many of the activities I use for my low groups during guided reading and some of the activities I put into Word Work for Daily 5 - it all depends!

I've had many questions from friends that want to know how to do some of the activities and where/how do you organize all the crap???
(My mom teaches Kindergarten and mentioned that she was wondering what to do with all the pieces.)
To start off, I got these flat Tupperware boxes at Dollar General and labeled the front with which boxes hold supplies for which list.
 These boxes are flat but they are PERFECT for holding the games and all the pieces for each sight word set.

Hard/paper copies are placed in a binder.  I used tabs with numbers to identify which list was which... 

 All copies from list 1 go under the number 1 and so on.

Sight Word Scrambles

Some of my students have a difficult time with certain words.  I can usually identify which groups are struggling with which words the first day we introduce a new leveled book.  Then I'll spend the next day practicing that word for a minute or two.  Some days I'll spend doing strategy groups with certain students that need more interventions along with other skills.  Once again, it just depends!

 Before I start groups, I always have the supplies laid out.  That way, if I'm helping a few students get situated, they can already get started.

Below is a quick video showing one of my groups working on the word "came."  If you notice, I have a few words out to sorta guide them.  Once they unscramble it, they write it in a sentence.

After about two minutes, they bag the word back up and hand it over.  I place all the baggies in a larger bag with the focus word on a label.  This way, I can quickly identify what word is scrambled in that bag.

Sight Word Sort

Sometimes this activity will go into Word Work.  I'll put a set of words that I feel like my students need to review.

I use Velcro dots to hold the headers in place and I'll put the rest of the words in a bucket or a bag.

When the activity is completed, I'll put everything in a snack baggie with the "focus" word on the front.

This is a video of how I would use this activity in guided reading.  I might also use this activity in a strategy group if I see a few particular students struggling with just one word.

Spin, Read and Cover

This little game was driving me crazy for a minute.  My friends were trying to play it like Bingo, were one person would spin and ALL of them would cover that word.  If you did that then EVERYBODY would be winning at once!  
What I do is run one copy of the spinner and six copies of the cover page.  Then everybody spins one at a time and covers THEIR board with the word THEY spin.

This is a video of me using this game in a group.

If you like this activity, you can get a copy of one of them from Sight Word List 3 which is not even ready yet!  Just click on the picture.

As you can see, there is NO limit to what you can do with these activities!  And your students will all think it's just fun and games!  Happy teaching y'all!  It's almost Friday!

1 comment:

  1. So many fantastic ideas - thank you for sharing! I love how you organized all of your sight word centers and the videos were super helpful for seeing how you use the activities in small groups.

    Paiges of Learning