Building Sight Word Knowledge

Using New Media To Build Sight Word Knowledge

Reading Is Tough Work!!

As fluent readers we often forget what focus and energy is demanded when you don't know most of the words before you. When children have to decode each word that they encounter in a sentence they can become frustrated and lose the meaning of the text.

Sight word knowledge build speed and fluency when reading. Accuracy, speed and speed in reading increase reading comprehension.

Sight words can promote confidence in readers. Confidence can be defined as trust or reliance in oneself. If a child can open a book and instantly recognize over half of the words they become challenged not overwhelmed.


I think I can read therefore I am a reader!

Challenges of Learning Sight Words

Not all words are ones that can be decoded easily. Some words are irregular or difficult to decode. Sight words must be recognized by sight and quickly. Knowing the relationship between letters and their sounds will help children to decode words. Some words can be tricky and don't follow the rules of phonics. There are lots of words that do not follow the rules of phonics and are not spelled the way they sound. For instance, who and was. The goal is for kids to become so familiar with a non-decodable word that they don't even have to try and sound it out.

Using New Media Tools

New media tools can give students and teachers new ways of learning. Young children live in a world of interactive media. They are comfortable with the digital devices that are becoming tools that are used at home and school. Using these tools effectively will offer students another way of learning their sight words. Offering some active hands on and engaging elements to their learning will provide adaptive scaffolding to their learning.

Dream Text Project

The Dream Text Project is a way of connecting parents and students with the classroom. This project can bring together parents and their child for a shared experience rather than keeping them apart.


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Screen Cast

Screen Casts were created to help parents and students understand the learning expectation. These helped students to understand the directions of each lesson and gave them a visual to help them understand what it would look like.

Google Form

This form was created to help students learn beginning letters by listening to the beginning sounds of their sight words. This form could also be used as a form of assessment. By using sound it adds another way for students to learn and retain their high frequency words.

Scholarly Source #1-Fontas and Pinnell

Literacy is the building block upon which learning begins. When students cannot read fluently it will limit their comprehension and ultimately affect all content areas. Fontas and Pinnnell introduced guided reading in 1996 as a way to better meet the needs of every student. By differentiating your instruction they believe there are many ways to reach students. Fluency is given close attention in the F&P reading systems. They believe that fluent readers are able to read orally with speed, accuracy, and with expression. By knowing sight words automatically students are able to better their fluency which will increase their comprehension.

Scholarly Source #2-Lucy Caulkins

Technology is a great way for students who are learning high frequency words to be actively involved. It allows students to manipulate letters, use voice/sound controls, highlight and animate. Because writing also falls under the literacy umbrella it is important to have fluent writers. With technology constantly advancing the idea of "new literacies" has evolved.

Lucy Caulkins stresses to anchor high frequency words means to: practice looking at words, study it, make a mental picture, write it down, check it and if a student forgets a word, have a word wall in the classroom for a reference. Technology has allowed new ways of teaching reading and writing. When teachers use technology in an effective way, students will find ways to identify high frequency words more quickly.