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Old 11-14-2017, 03:59 PM
 
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Maybe I am misunderstanding the category you're working in... but I don't feel like sight words fall under phonics instruction. Sight words are more fluency instruction. By definition students aren't able to sound them out and they are more of a whole language reading approach versus a phonics approach. Of course some people use a balanced approach which has both. As far as helping kids recognize them my advice would be to focus only on sight words that can't actually be decoded or follow very unusual rules (are, the, their, said, where, etc.) versus ones that are decodable (this, is, we, me, then, etc.). Additionally, I'd only focus on 3-5 at most per week. How many they can learn in a week and actually retain depends on the student. Finally, I'd make it as fun and multisensory as possible. Get them moving, playing games, etc.
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