Sunday, December 30, 2012

High Frequency Words

I don't know about you, but teaching high frequency words is not my favorite part of kindergarten.  Our kinders need to know 75 words by the end of the year.  Some years that is not a problem because the kinders come in very ready- knowing lots of sounds and letters.  But when you get a group of kinders that don't know any letters and sounds at the beginning of the year and they need to know 11 sight words by the end of 1st quarter, it can get a little frustrating.  That is me this year!  Most of my kinders came in not knowing very many letters and sounds, so that was our primary focus for the first half of the year.  Now that they know their letters and sounds, it's time to really buckle down and get them where they need to be (50 words by March).  I have the problem, again, of not having enough resources provided for me.  The reading series our district adopted a bazillion years ago teaches the kinders maybe 25 words. That's not going to help me reach my pay for performance goals now is it? So, I am looking for some fabulous ideas for teaching high frequency words.  We use the Fry list of words, but we've mixed it up a bit to get some more common words toward the beginning.   So, I am looking for some great sight word resources.  I have a sight word work station and I need some fun and meaningful activities.  What do you do to teach sight words?  Over the next few days, I will share some of the things that I do, but I'd love to hear some of your ideas as well.
I've made a game with our sight words called Roll It, Read It, and Write It. 

Click here for the freebie. And check back tomorrow for another one of my ideas for teaching sight words. 


  1. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

    One of our favorites this year is a laminated book that I made with all of our sight words. It is the size of a 1/4 sheet of paper so it is perfect for little hands! I keep it in the book center and the kids love to flip through it and read it. It is one of their favorites! I use it during morning meeting - just flip through and the kids read the words. I also use it for lining up - I flip to a word, have a student read it, and they get in line. So simple but a great tool!

    Pocketful of Centers

  2. Thank You Karla! This is a great easy center.

  3. Thank You Karla! This is a great easy center.