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Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Made It-Sight Words

I felt like the luckiest teacher when our governor announced on Friday that school would be cancelled today. And then I felt even luckier today when I was having coffee with my fellow work colleague, Miss Woodward, because school is cancelled again tomorrow! We exchanged high-fives and then continued exchanging ideas for the classroom for when we finally do make it back to the classroom. Two weeks off for winter break was nice...and then an additional two days off?? I'll take it! I guess that's what happens when you wake up to a -20 degree temperature. That was the actual morning temperature, not wind chill!

It's been awhile since I've linked up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. I've made several things over the last few months, but just haven't posted anything about them. What a perfect day to do it!

1. Dolch Sight Word Worksheets and Wonders Sight Word Worksheets 

I created these worksheets because I wanted to give the children more opportunities to practice reading and writing their sight words. I use the same two worksheet formats for each sight word. With the predictable format, the students are able to complete these worksheets independently. Get two weeks of worksheets FREE by downloading the Wonders Sight Words Worksheets for Unit 1.1 and 1.2! Please note that the review worksheets in the free download are only available for the Wonders Sight Words, not the Dolch Sight Words.

2. Dolch Sight Word Assessment Booklets

Many years ago when I would assess my students on their sight words, I would just have them read off my checklist. I realized that wasn't the best method because the students would get nervous when they didn't get a check next to a word. Also, reading off the checklist was quite distracting because there were so many words written in small font. I next tried flashcards on a key ring and had the children flip through the words while I had a checklist on my clipboard. The flashcards were too small and were a bit cumbersome for the children. So this year, I made booklets as pictured above. They were so much better than any other method I have tried. The students can easily read the word on each page and turn the pages like a regular book so I can focus on the checklist.

3. Dolch Sight Word Sticker Book and Wonders Sight Word Sticker Book

The students love their Sight Word Sticker Book! They're fun and an easy way for students to track their own progress.

4. Wonders Sight Words Weekly Worksheets-Units 1-6

I typically use these worksheets on Friday for a quick review of all the sight words we have learned for the week. The kids love "buttering" the popcorn sight words and completing the word find. The word finds increasingly get harder as we go further along with the units. The students like the challenge! These review worksheets are only available for the Wonders Sight Words. If I get enough emails expressing interest in these review worksheets for the Dolch Sight Words, then I'll create them. They just took me so much time to make, but I might find the motivation if enough people express interest.

4. Dolch Sight Word Flashcards and Wonders Sight Word Flashcards  

I print and photocopy so many flashcards for the students, so it was important for me to create flashcards that use a minimal amount of ink. I print the flashcards on color paper according to level.

Thanks again to 4th Grade Frolics for hosting Monday Made It. Be sure to link up!


  1. Your projects all look so fun! I shamefully was not very productive on my snow day...I had a long shower scheduled this morning and a nap scheduled for the afternoon. Oh well! In Chicago we are closed again tomorrow. I can't get over the fact that your governor called the snow day!!
    Stay warm!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

    1. Taking advantage of a snowy, cold day and getting in some "me" time IS productive! And you spent time getting your booth ready for the craft show. Sounds like a productive day to me!

  2. Hi Mai! I am just as excited as you are about being out of school again tomorrow! I think I should probably go in and get stuff done! I live in Minneapolis (teach in Maplewood), so we truly are neighbors!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

    1. The thought crossed my mind to go in too...but nah, I could use one more day to do nothing :) Yes we are neighbors! I live in Minneapolis too and teach in North Minneapolis. Enjoy your day off!

  3. You have been busy! Love the "buttering the popcorn" worksheet- too cute. Thanks for meeting up for coffee today! :)

    Miss Woodward's Class

    1. Yes...I'm so busy, that's why I had THREE hours to have coffee with you :) But thanks for the shout out!

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  5. Boy haven't you been busy! I love your sight word activities! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful resource :)

    Sliding Into Second Grade

  6. Hi Mai! Thanks for stopping by my are so sweet!
    I too love teaching sight words to my ones. I think it's so important!
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