Here is my new collection of sight words for the classroom. Members can also access my collections of sight word games and sight word worksheets. After using the Dolch Words and the Magic 100 Words in classrooms, I thought shorter lists would be easier for younger students to come to grips with. I believe children will have more success focusing on just 5 words at a time (half a list), but for some, this may still be a difficult task. If needed, the focus can be on 1 or 2 words. These lists are based on the most common words in the English language, but exclude the easily sounded out words such as 'get', 'but' and 'had'. Included are words that require phonemic understandings other than just the consonant sounds and the short vowel sounds. These are true sight words, that readers will have difficulty with if they try to sound them out without prior phonics knowledge. I like to call these the Wild Words.
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Ideas for the use of Word Charts:
Use in the classroom as part of a Word Wall
Reduce the size to A5 and make copies on coloured card for students to keep and learn at home
Use the 1-10 word lists chart to keep track of which words students have learned. (Make a copy for each student's record and date when they are successful)
Motivate students by giving certificates when they have successfully learned the words on each list
Provide games for students to assist in learning each set of words