Sight word automaticity is a key factor to reading success with little learners. No matter which sight word list is used at your school, mastering the list of words by the end of the year is a goal for each and every learner. The task of tracking it all (both for the teacher and students), keeping students motivated, and providing simple tasks for parents to support what you are doing in the classroom can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Let’s take a look at the system I use for progress monitoring for sight words.
Organizing the Sight Words
I began by breaking up the dolch sight word list into groups for each 6 week grading period. I then added the color words and number words, because, in my opinion, they are just too important to leave out. 😉 I made a set for each 6 weeks and placed them on a ring. This made it a breeze to assess the words at the end of each week.
Assessing the Sight Words
You might be thinking, “Assess each week? Each kid?” Yes, yes my friends. I did this during our computer lab time. I have a friend who does it during whole class restroom breaks. We found time that didn’t interrupt instruction and that was important to us! As they were working, I was walking around and having them read the words. As they read the words, I used my checklist to keep track of what they got correct, what they missed, and if they gave an incorrect response, I wrote their response. This was great for RTI data. It also allowed me to look for patterns in their reading (dyslexia anyone??).
Student Data Folders
The students used their data folders to keep track of the sight words they had mastered and the ones they still needed to work on. For each grading period, there is a new sheet. They always loved being able to color more bubble gums!
We would celebrate each student by giving them a certificate if they mastered all of the words for those 6 weeks. Even if it was the 3rd six weeks and a student was just mastering the first set, we celebrated!
Teacher Data Binder
For me, I like to keep everything I need all together in my binder. Inside the binder I keep the notes that go home with the sight word baggies, student certificates, and our sight word pacing map. Behind each divider I keep a checklist page for each student for each of words.
At the end of the day, I am left with a binder that has valuable data and keeps me on track with progress monitoring for sight words every week.
For students who need more sight word practice beyond what we do in the classroom, I call on parents to help! Best thing ever. Seriously. I make flash cards for each student based on the words that they have not yet mastered. I place the cards in a baggie and send it home in their folder with a note. When they master a word, I take it out of their baggie. I don’t do this for every child, but for my low babies who just needed more practice at home, this was an easy and short way to provide that.
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How do you keep track of progress monitoring for sight words? Do you have a system that works? I’d love to hear more about it!