My new crew of students are absolutely wonderful! They’re pretty good readers and spellers overall, but I quickly recognized that they stumble over irregularly spelled sight words. As they were writing, they tried to sound out some of the sight words – didn’t work. Then it seemed that they just gave up and plopped down some letters – that definitely didn’t work. Time for some intervention.
High Frequency Sight Words – Now Editable!
I began studying word lists, like Fry and Dolch, and irregularly spelled words, but they didn’t focus on the words that my students needed so badly. In the end, I developed my own set of irregularly spelled words based on Fry, Dolch, and Vaughn and Linan-Thompson word lists. It’s a list of 100 irregularly spelled words that came from the most frequently used words from children’s literature.
This word wall is now EDITABLE (by PowerPoint), and the directions are included. I used the “Century Gothic” font which is available with PowerPoint, so you can edit and add words using the same font. Directions are included:
All of the above colors come together in the same word wall kit, so you can change up the colors from year to year based on your colors or theme. This kit was designed to provide you with several different choices. There’s a set of small-sized cards, and also a set of larger word cards.
Blank word cards can be edited by using PowerPoint, or written on by hand, so you can add words unique to your class, or differentiate for your class or individual students.
I frequently send a set of word rings (above) home with students who need additional practice with these irregularly spelled sight words. I make the Word Rings by printing a set of small word wall words, laminating, hole punching in the upper left-hand corner, and using a book binder ring to fasten them together. The number of words and the words themselves can be differentiated for each student depending on his/her needs.
Title cards are included so that you can make different sets in different sizes. Blank title cards are included (now editable) that allow you to write students’ names on them, or any other title that you want. If you prefer to save ink, a set of flashcards are included. Each student could receive his/her own set to practice with at home or at school.