Free Sight Words Forms

Welcome!  It has been awhile since I’ve had time to post (a new baby, you know).  🙂  This year I have been reintroducing myself to teaching reading and language arts.  I have taught only math for the last seven years!  One of the ways I check student progress is by monitoring their sight word knowledge.  I use the Instant Word list from The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists.  The book claims that the first 300 words makes up about 65% of all written material.  If you teach RLA and don’t have this book, I would suggest checking it out.  I couldn’t live without it.  It has lists for everything: synonyms, homophones, idioms, etc.
While I LOVE this book, I have found sight word testing to be tedious and cumbersome.  To help with that, I have created some teacher-friendly forms and flashcards that correspond with all of the first 300 words.  My Instant Words eBook is completely FREE!
I also like to play a quick game of Finger Knots (think Twister, but with hands only) with each kid after the sight word testing.  It’s fun and it gives me some idea of their vowel skills.
As always, I would love to hear what you think.  Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Joy 🙂

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

Oh my goodness!  A new Shel Silverstein book is out and I had NO idea it was coming!  Many thanks to my mom for gifting me with this precious collection of previously unpublished poems and drawings from one of my all time favorite authors.  I must say it is very bittersweet reading through the poems.  Here is one particularly poignant one for you to enjoy:

WHEN I AM GONE
When I am gone what will you do?
Who will write and draw for you?
Someone smarter–someone new?
Someone better–maybe YOU!
I’m trying not to cry…
~Joy

Getting Back to Reading and Writing!

I can really use some help here!  I have taught only math for the last 5+ years.  This year I am going back to teaching math along with reading and language arts.  I have some questions that I am hoping my wonderful readers can answer for me.  Just leave a comment (or two…or more!) with your suggestions or ideas. 

1. What are your favorite books to use in the classroom?  Keep in mind that I will be teaching 4th and 5th graders with special needs…meaning I need a good mix of books ranging in reading level from kindergarten through 5th grade.

2. What is your favorite tip for motivating kids to write (and enthusiastically)?  I find this to be one of the most difficult things to teach, especially when I have some kids who are currently reading less than a dozen words.

3. What other miscellaneous tips or advice can you share with someone who has been out of the reading/writing loop for several years?

I will be compiling a list of all responses from Facebook, Twitter, and this blog and I will post them next week.

Thanks for your help!

Joy 🙂