Sight words are words that a reader can recognize and read without sounding out each individual letter. Many sight words are hard to sound out phonetically and must be memorized. I suggest printing a copy of the sight word list and practicing. It is expected that second grade students can read most of the words on the list without hesitation. Spelling the sight words correctly would be an added bonus since these words are used frequently in students' writing.Here are a few suggestions for how to practice learning sight words.
PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! The more a beginning reader sees words and practices reading them, the easier reading becomes.
MAKE FLASHCARDS Flashcards work well for many students. Each word should be written neatly on an index card. Write large enough so the reader can touch each letter as they are saying the sounds. Keep the for cards review.
USE COLORS With a colored marker or crayon, outline the shape of the word. Pay close attention to blends, such as th, wh, sh, tr… Blends should be underlined or boxed together so the reader has a visual cue to remember to say the sounds as one, not choppy as two.