Weekly Words – Quick & Easy Setup

It’s great to have systems that kind of just run themselves. You set it up once and then just do a bit of updating. No need for massive monthly rehabs and system shifts. It just keeps on trucking. Our jobs are so busy and chaotic we need programs and goals that keep up with our busy schedule. With two of my students, we are working in the very early stages of basic sight word identification. We work on 5 words a week until mastery. Easy peasy.

I put my weekly word page in a page protector and write the new words with a dry erase marker.

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I put the Dolch Word Lists in the back and check off which ones we work on.

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Once we master words, I make flashcards with the previously mastered words so we can continue to practice those.

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Here is the data sheet {from my Data Sheet Packet} I use to track progress.

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Students also work on writing the words in their daily morning binder. This is great extra practice!

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Efficiency is my best friend 🙂

10 Comments

  1. do you have this data sheet and template for sale?

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  2. Hi Sasha – How do you work on sight words with your students? I see they write them in the morning, and you have them written on a list in a binder, but are there other activities you do throughout the day to practice them?

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  3. Do you have nonverbal students that use communication devices? How do you incorporate this with reading?

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  4. Yes! We have one guy who spells the words on his device. You just have to make sure the test predictor is not on!

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  5. Hi Sasha! I just bought the I Read Dolch pre primer sight words Ipad version 🙂 I read through the above instructions as well…. How should I start with this? Still working on identifying capitals and singles. Matching capital to singles is 50% ok now.. would it be a good idea to start with the sight words in the meantime? Im bit confused of where to start. Start with the flash cards? Can you give me some guide lines please. Thanks so much!

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  6. I would maybe start with just 5 words at a time in the same way. Either have him practice saying the words or point to the words when you show him the five. After he masters 5 – move on to the next set. Does that make sense? Hope this helps 🙂

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  7. You said you work on 5 words until mastery. Does this mean you repeat words the following week if they are not yet mastered?

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  8. Great question! For the words that students get incorrect, I add them back into homework, extra practice, or direct instruction during the next week!

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