The following are a few sight word lists that I use with some of my lower level students to get their reading engines humming before they start an extensive reading session. There are 7 high frequency word lists in all, broken down into: 1) function words I 2) function words II 3) verbs (including auxiliaries) 4) verbs inflected for past tense (when applicable) 5) nouns & adjectives 6) mixed list I 7) mixed list II. The words are all pulled from the first 200 most frequent words according to the New General Service List developed by Browne, Culligan and Phillips and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. The sight word lists are (mostly) in their frequency order.
For students who are just learning to read, I sometimes will have them follow along with their finger as I read the words out one at a time. For students who are working on their letter-sound correspondence, I have them read a list or two out loud and keep track of their time. For students who are getting a bit more comfortable with reading, but still struggle with issues of automaticity, I give them a specific time to shoot for (under 60 seconds at first). I realise this might seem a little at odds with the whole idea of extensive reading, but I find that quickly improving students ability to read these high frequency words actually makes extensive reading a lot more pleasurable for my lower level learners. If you have any ideas for how to use sight word lists in your language classroom, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
These word lists are also available in one spiffy PDF file right here: Sight Word Practice Lists PDF.
Function Words I
Function Words II
Verbs, simple past sense
Nouns and adjectives
Mixed List I
Mixed list II
Hi Kevin, thanks for the list and ideas. 🙂 Reading graded stories is something I’m still introducing to my learners in the 9th grade project (around 36 students this semester). Few days ago, I downloaded a cute app for Emanuel. He has to listen and tap on the right sight word in order to help his friend frog to grow. It gave me the idea to look for apps for the students. I found one but it is just to listen and repeat. I’ll share here if I find something interesting. I think apps would be awesome so they could practice at home. What do you think? Does it help?
btw, I’m happy I’m able to read and comment on my fav blogs again. I’m catching up.
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I think site-word apps are a great idea to help students develop the kind of automaticity they need to be able to enjoy reading even the simplest texts. Apps that allow students to hear and then touch a word would be great. And app which would show a word and let a student speak it into a mic and then judge if it was pronounced correctly or not would be amazing. If you do find anything, let me know.
Glad to know you have time to catch up on blog reading. I’m hoping that as soon as my ER presentation is wrapped up I can get some room to dive back into the blog world.
This looks very much like a bingo game to me. And I think that’s what I’ll try to do with it.
Bingo sounds like a fantastic way to use these lists. Let me know how it goes.
… AKA “sight words”
Thank you Mike for the heads up.
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