Sight Words

Sight word recognition is so important for beginning readers. On this page I decided to include some of my ideas and documents that I have used in my classroom for sight words. Also, I belong to the yahoo webring kinderkorner and several emails have discussed sight words. I’ve also included some of these ideas for you. I hope that you are able to take some of these ideas and use them in your own classroom or with your children. Here is a list of the kindergarten sight words that we use in my classroom: sight-word-list-1 sight-word-list-2 sight-word-list-3

One thing that I use for sight word recognition almost on a daily basis is a matching/pocketchart activity during our circle/group time. I pass out laminated sight word cards to students. The other matching sight word cards are in a small apple pocket chart on the calendar board. I sing the following song with students:

Sight Word Song (tune Where is Thumbkin)

Who has _____ (the), who has ______ (the)

Find your word, Find your word.

The student with the card come up to the pocket chart and matches the card. Then they use a pointer to spell the word.

A colleague of mine Miria, adapted an activity that was featured in the Mailbox magazine preschool edition. With a picture of a bus (here is an enlarged color picture of a bus you can use): color-bus-clipart you write a sight word on a sticky note and then place it onto the laminated clip art picture of a bus. Then you sing the following song:

The Word on the Bus (tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

The word on the bus says ____ (the), ____(the), ____(the)

______(the), _______(the), _______(the)

The word on the bus says ____ (the), ____(the), ____(the)

All through the town

On the kinderkorner webring a member by the name of Ardisk posted a wonderful idea about having students fingerspell (using sign language) their sight words. What a great idea. She posted the following picture on the kinderkorner webring:

So this picture inspired me to create my own. If you would like to make your own you will need to download the following font onto your computer: Gallaudet. You can download it for free from the following website: Or just search for the font online. These are the fingerspelling cards that I created: fingerspell-sight-words. Here is a picture of my sight word rings that I made.  I used green cardstock for the one, two and three letter words.  The four letter words were printed on yellow           cardstock.  I laminated them, cut them out and placed them on rings.

I also have made a variety of envelope games to use in my classroom. I just create a colored cover sheet, glue it onto a manila folder and then laminate it. After it is laminated and cut, I just store all of the pieces inside of the pockets.

Update (9/4/2010): the envelope activities that were once available are now available for purchase from Teachers pay Teachers

This is how I store my sight word games. I glue a cover sheet to a manilla folder, laminate and cut!  I store all of the pieces inside.

This is how I store my sight word games. I glue a cover sheet to a manila folder, laminate and cut! I store all of the pieces inside.

This is the words I know sight word sort game I made.  I just printed the pages on cardstock and then laminated.  I store the words in a small snack sized Ziploc baggie.

This is the words I know sight word sort game I made. I just printed the pages on cardstock and then laminated. I store the words in a small snack sized Ziploc baggie.

Here are some worksheets that I created (they are cut, match, glue types) :





Sight Word Tracing the up and

Sight Word Tracing said went play

Sight Word Shape Boxes

Sight Word Shape Boxes 2

Sight Word Shape Boxes 3

Update (9/4/2010): the sight word readers that were once available are now available for purchase from Teachers Pay Teachers.  You may either download each book for individual purchase or, you may also purchase a bundle of all of the books for a discounted price.  You can access these items here.

A colleague of mine, Cindy, shared this worksheet where students can trace or ‘rainbow write’ all of their sight words: 30-sight-word-trace

Sight Word Music Ideas:

I recently had a request for free sight word music that is available on the web. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any free songs available to download on the web, but I do know about some great songs that you can use to teach sight words!

Jack Hartman’s CD “Hip Hop Alphabop” has a great song called Popcorn Words, this song has many sight words as well. You can make a book to accompany this. This link has an example, just scroll down to the ‘Popcorn’ book, click here to go to the site: Ideas for Making Big Books to Accompany Music CDs

This website has some great music to teach sight words and also has hand movements to accompany each song: Heidi Songs

Mrs. Jones’ website has some great ideas: Mrs. Jones Room Sing-A-Long Songs

I recently found Mrs. Eby’s Kindergarten Classroom website.  She has lots of great ideas for sight words under her Rainbow Word section.  Click here to go this page:  Rainbow Words

Please let me know if you have any other ideas or links to share! It is really appreciated!

27 thoughts on “Sight Words

  1. Unfortunately, I don ‘t know of any free music to download that specifically teaches sight words. However, you can use familiar tunes, such as Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

    I updated the sight word page to add links, I hope that these are useful!

    • has great ideas and videos for purchase. Sight words and letters are paired with fun catchy songs

  2. I do have other sight word books, they are labeled according to the sight words that we teach in our kindergarten class. I don’t have all thirty books–this is sort of a work in progress for me! I will probably post some more books later in the school year as I continue to finish them. Thanks for asking!

  3. Just wanted to say a big thank you from the Virgin Islands. My 4 1/2 yr old started Kindergarten this year and this site is excellent for helping him at home. This is so generous of you.

  4. Awesome website! I have been looking everywhere for cut-glue activities for a student who has taken a new interest in cutting and gluing. This site is wonderful. Thanks!

  5. I love your ideas and can see just the thumbnails of most of the things…nothing will open for me. Any suggestions? I would really like to use some of these ideas with my own kiddos. Thanks for such great ideas.

    • Cheri;

      I’m sorry that you are having problems enlarging some of the pictures! Could you please let me know specifically which things–pictures or documents that you are having trouble with? I’ll take a look at everything to make sure that it is working properly.

      Thanks for the nice compliments!


  6. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  7. Thanks for all of your great ideas — any chance you could post some of your sight word ideas in a doc format so that we could recreate them with our own sight words? I really appreciate all that you have posted — really great work!

  8. Great post! I read your article about sight word; it is really helpful for us. You have great site and I amaze on it. Thank you for the nice idea that you share with us.

  9. What a wonderful resource. My daughter is really keen to get reading, just turned 5. Her class aren’t quite there yet, so I wanted to give her a help along at home. This has been amazing. Thanks for taking the time.


  10. Thank you for referencing my photo of my Word Wall Words (with the fingerspelling font) that I posted on KinderKorner several years ago. Tonight it appeared on Pinterest and I thought, “Wow, that looks like my whiteboard..”; it turned out I was right. I STILL use those same words (although I made a new set due to fading issues of the blue construction paper). I hope other people will find the idea intriguing.

  11. Thanks so much. It took a lot of courage and time to put yourself out there with these very cute songs. I am going to use them with my special needs K-2nd graders.

  12. Thank you for sharing! I teach first grade, but this year I have a student in a modified curriculum that I will have to teach at K level. These activities will help me a lot! Thanks again!

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