I can't wait share with you the easiest way to keep track of your students and their progress on learning new sight words. All you need for each student is a file folder labeled on the inside with the words "Words I Know" on one side and "Words I'm Learning" on the other side, a marker, and 2"x 2" post-it notes (7 to 10). Here's how it works.
First, listen to each student as they read a fluency passage. While they read, keep track of high frequency words that they know quickly and write them down, one per post-it. These will be suck to the student's Words I'm Learning half of the folder.
Then, write two or three sight words or high frequency words that the student stumbles over. These are placed into the Words I'm Learning section of their folder.
Then, each day as part of my small group reading time, I ask students to interact with their words.
The whole activity takes in between 3 and 5 minutes. I store the folders with my other reading intervention materials so that the students don't lose their words and/or play with them. This is also a great informal assessment grab-and-go for an RTI meeting, parent conference, or team meeting on individual students. Easy and fun!
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