ELA: Teaching Sight Words Quickly and Easily

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

There's been a lot of math, so I thought I needed to mix it up! I have been using Jan Richardson's Guided Reading method for over 10 years. I began training with Jan back in 2008 and have been through all the editions of her book.




One of the reasons I have stuck with her method is that IT WORKS! I have seen students jump reading levels and grow as readers. I do believe that with word work and her strategies for helping students read, any student can be successful. And, her lesson plans are super easy to complete once you get the hang of it!


My favorite part of the Jan Richardson lesson plan is the way she teaches sight words. It combines mental memory, manipulation of letters and writing all in under 3 minutes. It's such a great way to help students learn tricky sight words that might be challenging to sound out. Check out this video to see how easy it is:


Students complete this activity usually during the first day of a reading lesson. The remaining days are spent reviewing this word, as well as a few other sight words. Before you know it, students have a whole list of new sight words in their reading memory bank!



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