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How many sight words does your district require for end of kindergarten? Our district wants students to know 40-50 sight words by the end of the year, and they are thinking of increasing that number. Just wandering what other districts are doing? Thanks.


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Reading Street and we expect them to master 40 words in kinder. The expectation increases exponentially each year. Other expectations are being pushed down in math as well. On the up-side...most of the kids do learn them!

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In our district they need to know 30 by the end of the year, but it seems like they keep increasing the standards every year.
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Our district has 23 words, but then we introduce more words than the required 23. Our K kids have to read, and write all 23 words. (Like a spelling test - which I don't care for).
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:47 PM
 
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My district wants kindergarteners to know 50 sight words by the end of the year.


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Old 04-23-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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CSCOPEsays that our kids should be able to read 25 sight words, but I've introduced many more than that because they are capable, and because more words are being exposed to them in guided reading books. I use HeidiSongs dvds to teach my kids additional words, and they love it.
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Regardless, it is not developmentally appropriate to teach 5 year olds how to read and write sentences. I hate it, and it's going against all of the early childhood principles that I have been taught. We have to learn 40 in Louisiana (one a week, with the 3rd week as a review- which you need because students have to practice with those words from the previous weekes). Starting in March, it's 2 words a week.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Our reading program has 24 words. I actually think it should include more words that we use on a regular basis. I encourage the children to learn these words but they are not "required" for our assessments.
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My district requires 50 sight words by the end of Kindergarten. We have benchmark expectations set for each quarter. I believe children at 4-6 years old are more than capable of learning to read and write given the opportunity. My students are anxious to learn to read and write. They do quite well with the proper instruction. When children at this age are immersed in literature, they will soar. My students use their sight words to read books and write stories about their own lives. I have a few students who learned the 50 words by the end of the 3rd quarter this year, so I am working on first grade sight words with them now.
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We are making the decision to increase our sight words from 26 to 80. They are in lists so they would learn a list at a time and the report card would increase with amount assessed as year goes on. Even when we taught 26 I would teach "popcorn words", or words that pop up a lot as you read, so they received more instruction on more than the 26. There are districts in the area above 80 which I think is really pushing our students that are developmentally not ready. I am sure it will be a trial year and see how it goes.


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I definitley agree in saying that children this age are definitely developmentally ready to learn to read and write. They WANT to! Yes, you'll always have a few sweet-n-lows who aren't so ready, but most of them are completely capable, as proven by what we do each day.

But wow.. 80 words? That seems a little steep!
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:40 AM
 
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Students in SC where I am are taught about 75 words in Kindergarten. Over 80% of my students have mastered their sight words.
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As this is the first year of full day kindergarten in our district in BC, no sight word list has been generated. I tested last week and some know 40 words and some 3.
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The state standard doesn't list a specific number of sight words, however, the Open Court Reading program that we use lists 80-85 words. We call these sight words the "rainbow words" because the students are taught a group of words starting w/red, then each color gets a little more difficult. Students are required to know sight words through the purple level which is the last rainbow color. Some students are capable of reading 'white" level words but these are more of a 1st grade standard than Kinder.
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My district says 30. We teach more and some leave knowing 100 and some don't make it to 30. We have a lot of ELL kids and many kids that do not have exposure to books at home. I find that with support at school AND home students learn in the 40-70 range (with some much higher) but without I can get most to 30. Will they forget them over the summer? That is another question!
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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My district wants kindergarteners to know 25 sights words. Although, our reading program introduces them to about 30 more and I encourage the students to learn them, but they are not required.
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We use Reading Street as well but our district expects them to know about 100 words by the end of the year. This is my first year in the district and from what I gather I just need to teach it however I can to the students. I use sight word games (Spelling Slap, Sight Word BINGO, Sight Word Jeopardy, Sight Word Ball), flash cards, and reading as much as I can with my students.
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None required but most know at least 25 or more. Spelling lists in kindergarten seems to go against everything we know about play based learning. What age are your kindergarten students? In BC they need to be 5 by Dec. 31st...we don't have JK. That might account for some of the different replies.
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Our final district benchmark test has 24 words on it. However, we shoot for 100.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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Our district has 54 high-frequency words. In order to "meet" expectations, the students need to know 43 of those words by the end of the year.
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Students in Florida are expected to learn 114 sight words at the end of the year. It is very rough on them.
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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Students in Lake county florida are expected to know 55
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Our district expects 50... with eight weeks left, all but one student knows at least 40 and can read them automatically in text (most know all 50). One struggles to get 17ish, and slowly... about ten years ago when they were expected to know 23 that would have been fine! But, they have come soooo far with the higher expectations! Greater sight word fluency has influenced the accomplishment of much higher reading levels by the end of K!
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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We have 40 sight words they need to learn in kindergarten.
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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Now the admins are pushing for the first 2 Dolch sight word lists. I think it is 96 words. Do I really think they are going to retain all of them over summer break without daily practice? No.
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Sweet-n-low. Hee-hee....love it. That is a third of my class this year.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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My curriculum includes 31. Next year I'd like to bump that 50 and just have several weeks where they learn 2. I'll see how it goes in the beginning of the year.
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83 sight words by the end of Kindergarten
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Our district bumped our list up from 68 to 100. Some of the kids were able to reach 100, but many of the students and parents were frustrated. Even though they practiced, the majority of the students I had were not developmentally ready to learn and retain 100 sight words.
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Our district requires 24, but our school teaches 52. The students are very capable of learning these words by the end of kindergarten. Most kids with at home support, will learn over 100.
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Last year was my first year teaching kindergarten. I had a class of 13, an EA (lucky me, but am losing her this year), and 11 of those considered ELL students. I exposed the kids to the Pre primer, primer, and half of the first grade Dolch list (120 words). Being tested weekly, the final say was that 3 90% or above, 4 80%-90%, 2 60s% (one high, one low both ELL), 2 40s% (one who moved out of the country for 1/2 the year and the other on a learning plan) and 2 25% or below receiving SPED services. The first quarter 2 words a week, 2nd quarter 3 words a week, and 3th and 4th 4 words/ week. I chose words for based on the weekly poem, class decodable, word families books, and the stories in their Reading Street Workbook. All of these resources were writable in and were recognized and made to circle. I emphasized that these sight words help us become readers. We practiced during breakfast (and the kids got mad if I forgot their words), during circle time (either reading through them or finding sight words within sight words), during line for lunch, and during RTI (playing games with them). Being tested on a weekly basis, if the student got the word correct 5 weeks in a row, I threw it out of their test, but it was still practiced. Sight word cards were sent home weekly. I am pretty content with how it turned out, am adding stuff, and hope it improves with the years to come.
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