Friday, January 4, 2013

Sight words instruction

My last blog article on TeachHub was about sight word instruction. If you did get a chance to read it, check it out here. I then started thinking that I have never really shared how I teach sight words. I decided that the next few blog posts would focus on sight word instruction in hopes that someone might find my ideas useful.

 To begin I assess my kids to find out where to start. If your a general ed teacher, you are probably thinking, ahhh, that is easy, they can read it or they can't, but as a special ed teacher, it is not always that easy. Most of my students are very limited verbally and are not able to say the sight words presented out loud. This makes assessing a bit more difficult. In the past I have presented to students with a bank of words (usually 4) and had them choose the word I called out. I always wondered how to record this more efficiently as I felt just circling the words they got correct was not the best way of knowing what they know. Recently I discovered a new recording sheet on the blog A Special Kind of Class. This sheet enables me to list the target word, the words presented and the word the student picked. Brilliant! I assess my kids on sight words formally once per month. Then I use that data to determine what words to teach. And that will be for the next post.
Filled out assessment sheet from A Special Kind of Class

Oh one more thing, I made data collection sheet for the dolch sight words. If anyone would like them, please leave a comment with your email and I will send them over to you.  You can now find the data sheets by clicking here!






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37 comments:

  1. Data collection sheets- anything to help make life easier :) I would gladly take you up on your offer- thanks in advance!!

    Shar W
    jandcangelscents@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I emailed them out to you. I hope they help!

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  2. I would like the Dolch data sheet, please. Thanks.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  3. This is great, Caitlin - sight word instruction is so much different in sped - I can definitely relate to the struggle of assessing reading with nonverbal kids! I use Fry words, but am definitely looking forward to the rest of your sight word posts :)

    Kara
    Spedventures

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    1. Thanks Kara! I added some pictures.

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  4. Oh Caitlin! Thank you so very much!
    cafjag@aol.com

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  5. I love the data sheet and would love a copy. Thank You so much for sharing this wonderful idea. hproctor82@gmail.com

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  6. I'm a special education teacher and I have several students with limited verbal skills. These data collection sheets are great (and would go perfectly with my PGP sight word goal)...I would love a copy! agregory@hcps.us

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    1. Thank you Caitlin!! I got them this morning....many blessings to you! I really appreciate your willingness to share!

      Amy :)

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  7. Hi Caitlin,
    What a great idea and a wonderful way to keep data organized. Could you please share your idea with me?
    Thanks so much!
    weinot54@yahoo.com

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  8. I was just trying to figure out a better way to do this Friday afternoon. I would love your data sheet. Thank you! Melissa
    ryanma@puyallup.k12.was.us

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  9. I would also love a copy of the data sheet. Thank you for sharing this with all of us! wdeca93@gmail.com

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  10. Great idea! Thanks for posting. alindsay81@yahoo.com

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  11. Hi Caitlin!!

    I would love to have a copy of your data sheet! Thank you so much!

    Nikki P.
    nicoleprimm328@gmail.com

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  12. Thanks for the ideas! I would love a copy of the sight word assessment sheets!
    Thanks!! redsoxgirl531@hotmail.com

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  13. HI Caitlin,
    I would love a copy of the sight word assessment when you get a chance! Thanks so much!


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  14. I'd love to have a copy of your recording sheet!! Thank you so much! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  15. My foster sons are struggling in Kindergarten & First Grade, I would love this to use in our home! Thanks! sdleggett@frontier.com

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  16. I would love to have a copy of your data sheet- what a great help! Thank you! ryanoneil1@aol.com

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  17. I think I sent the data sheets to everyone who asked. If I missed you please email me at learningahoy@gmail.com. Thanks for reading!

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  18. I would like to dolch sheet please. please email me at sshanoff@hotmail.com

    Thanks!

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  19. I would love one too!! Thanks so much...
    baby.felice@gmail.com

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  20. Hello Caitlin, I would love one please?
    erinspires410@gmail.com

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  21. Hi Catlin,
    I would like a copy of the dolch data sheets please.
    Thanks in advance.
    foxysexyroxy10@yahoo.com

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  22. This is great and would help my son so much! I would love a copy...

    hillcin@new.rr.com

    Thanks in advance :)

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  23. I would love a copy of the dolch data sheets please.
    Thank you!

    sgray@newcastle.k12.ok.us

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  24. Hi, I hope I can still get a copy of the Dolch data sheet.
    Thank You!!

    sstrawbridge77@ymail.com

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  25. I would love a copy of the dolch sight words. Thank you so much!

    ourcraftsnthings@gmail.com

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  26. I would also love the Dolch word data sheets! Thanks for sharing!
    felix3128@msn.com

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  27. I would love a copy! As a reading specialist this will come in handy.
    Thanks,
    Jenn
    Jljean07@gmail.com

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  28. I would love a copy of the dolch data sheets. Please and thank you!!

    Sje705@aol.com

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  29. I would love a copy of the data sheets! Thank you!
    jlonge@berkley.k12.ma.us

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  30. I just sent another round! Let me know if you did not receive it.

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  31. I would love a copy of these.

    Thanks, Lindsey

    Lschroeder@ballard.k12.ia.us

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  32. I would love a copy of this! Thank you so much!
    mccoigem@mishawaka.k12.in.us

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    1. You can now find all of the sheets as a Google doc. Go to this blog post to get the link. http://learningahoy.blogspot.com/2013/04/autism-awareness-blog-hop.html

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