Every teacher knows the importance of learning sight words, but so many times, sight words are taught in isolation. In order to really improve sight word fluency, we need to teach sight words in context. Students should be able to easily recognize sight words in the text while they are reading. Sight word fluency allows students to increase their reading comprehension because their focus is off of trying to decode unknown words and can shift to comprehending what they are reading.
Did you know that the first 300 Fry Sight Words make up approximately 65% of all written material? When students are not fluent with their sight words, this greatly impacts their reading abilities. There are so many wonderful ways to practice sight words, but I am constantly trying to think of new and exciting ways to keep my students engaged while practicing sight word fluency. A while back, I created my 5-Step Fluency passages. They quickly became a favorite in my classroom, so I wanted to create a way to combine this with sight word fluency. With that, 5-Step Sight Word Fluency was born.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about using these in my classroom. It is such a fun and engaging way to work on sight word fluency. Each passage follows a 5-Step approach.
1. Read the sight words from the Sight Word box on the top of the page.
2. Read the passage.
3. Highlight or circle the sight words in the passage.
4. Reread the passage in a silly voice.
5. Reread the passage in a regular voice.
The students LOVE rereading the passage in silly voices. It is definitely a favorite among my 1st graders.
I have created two sets of 5-Step Sight Word Fluency. I have a set for the first 300 Fry Sight Words. This Fry 5-Step Sight Word set includes 47 passages using the first 300 Fry Sight Words. The second set includes 37 passages using the 220 Dolch Sight Words. This are great for whole group, small group, or individual sight word fluency practice.
If you need an engaging and effective way to practice sight words in context. check out 5-Step Sight Word Fluency.
I also have a BUNDLE that includes BOTH sets of passages.