Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. It was so nice to relax for the day and visit with all of our family.
Do you have students who can read sight words quickly on a flashcard but then struggle to read them within the context of a story?
I do! I have about five of them. I have been pulling my hair out trying to transfer the sight words from the flashcards into the books and text we’re reading. They are awesome at flashcards and can read the word “was” quickly and effortlessly. However, these same students will see the word “was” within our guided reading book or our AIMSweb assessments, and begin to tap out or sound the word out. I believe it is a combination of putting an entire phrase together AND seeing the words in a variety of font. As strange as that may sound, I do believe this change in font makes a difference. My flashcards currently are a nice “handprint” font. However, our AIMSweb progress monitoring and most of the books we read have a kind of Times New Roman font to them. For struggling students, this can easily throw them off.
I knew I needed to do something to get these little kiddos on track with sight word fluency. I’ve been working really hard a new little packet that I’ve been using for small group intervention and instruction: