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"The Best Thing..." -- A Story for Learning Sight Words

posted Dec 30, 2011, 4:14 PM by   [ updated Dec 30, 2011, 4:21 PM ]
Most of the students in the Centers for Reading and Writing read below the 4th grade level, and the majority of these students do not know the 220 Dolch sight words ... the words that make up more than half of everything we read.  Loretta K, a tutor at the Bronx Library Center, found a story online that incorporates all 220 words.  See the attachment below to print a copy of "The Best Thing in the World."
Loretta started instruction with her beginning-level group by introducing letters, sounds, and basic sight words.  Towards the end of the 10-week cycle, she could see that some of the students needed a challenge.  So, she made copies of this story for students.  Some of the more advanced students could start reading right away; however, even students who were still learning the alphabet could follow Loretta's instructions to search for specific sight words within a sentence or paragraph, improving their visual memory for sight words.  Click here for more sight word activities on the Hub! 
Dec 30, 2011, 4:19 PM