Sight Words

                        Lesson Plan of Sight Words

                          English Grade 1

                     Students’ Learning Outcomes

·         Identify, recognize and articulate common sight words and words with common spelling patterns

                          Information for Teachers

   Sight words are common words which are pronounced without pronouncing their spelling separately e.g we, am, on, this, her.  These are high frequency words which are common in books and text for young readers. Through practice children learn to read these words as single units, before mastering the spelling.

·         It is important that the sight words are displayed in and around the classroom where children get to see them regularly.
·         Use the idea of ‘red wall’ or a ‘green wall’ to display’ sight words’ and ‘new digraph words’. You can use red or green chart paper, markers or pens to write these words.


   Material / Resources

Board, charts with different activities, flashcards and text / other print resources


    Worm up activity

·         Give students a chart having words it, is, am, at, I, a. Ask them to read these words.
·         Repeat the words using the correct pronunciation.
·         Tell the students that some words are immediately recognized as a whole. These are called sight words.



·         Practice regularly for 10 minutes in the beginning of English lessons of reading the sight words.
·         Introduce two sight words every week to help reinforce learning.

·         One the students have mastered reading these two words move to the next list.


         Activity 1

    Give a list of sight words. The list may be : is    are     it     am

·         Make flashcards of common sight words.
·         Write two words on the board.
·         Ask the students to repeat these words after you. As you do so, point to the word on the board and show the flashcard that has the same word.
·         Call each student to the board. Give the two flashcards and ask him/her to match word with the one written on the board.
Make a sentence with the word on the flashcard so that the students get a feel of how that word is used.

·         Practice with more words from the textbook/teacher’s resource using the above mention activity. Make sentences with the sight words for more practice.

Activity 2

Team Sight Word Race:

·         Tell the students that they are going to play game ‘Team Sight Word Race’.
·         Divide the class into 2 teams.
·         Show each team to flashcard of sight word.
·         Tell them to pronounce the sight word shown to them.
·         If one team misses the word, the opposite team then has a chance to pronounce that word in addition to their word.
·         Score is kept on the number of words each team pronounces correctly.
·         Don’t have members sit down when they miss a word, but have each team member go the back of the line after each try whether successful or not.
·         This will make all students to have equal practice and doesn’t leave those students who need more practice.

Activity 3

·         Write two sight words on the board e.g. my, it. (or any other words you are introducing)
·         Ask the students to read these words.
·         Make simple sentences with these words e. g. My bag is big. It is a cat.
·         Ask them to tell the sight word from the sentence.
·         Draw simple picture on the writing board or give them a worksheet.
·         Ask them to orally make simple sentences about the picture using the sight word.

Activity 4

·         Make a set of flashcards with the following words written on each flashcards.
·         Write two words on the board. Ask the students to repeat these words after you a couple of times. As you do so, point out to the word on the board and show the flashcard on the board and show the flashcard that has the same word.

                                                     Sum up/ Conclusion

·         Ask students for exemplary sight words.
·         Ask them spelling of sight words learned in the class.


·         The assessment is based on activities. Use formative assessment to assess the students’ performance on a regular basis.
·         Have a sight word reading through roll call: display the sight words in the class where children can easily touch them or point to them. Call out a child’s name and a sight word. Ask the child to look around and tell where the word is written or distribute sight word flashcards and ask each child to read the word as his/her name is called out.
·         Teacher should involve thee students in doing activities given in the textbook related his topic.

                                                           Follow up

·         Give a quiz to the students asking them to touch a certain word that has been displayed in the class.
·         Make sentences to help them have fun with sight words, such as: I am a boy/ girl.
·         Ask them to read the sentence aloud and point out the sight words in it.

The tasks of tracing or copying words on the notebook may be given for homework.











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