It's Michelle Griffo from Apples and ABC's! I wanted to share with you how I organize and test kids on their sight words. In Kindergarten, the students have to read common sight words (ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3). There are so many different ways to test the kids and get them to memorize the words. I want to show you the strategy that I use (which I learned at my first year from my mentor teacher).
At the beginning of the year, I organize the sight words in order, by the words that I want them to know first. I usually start with the color words, and then move on to "I, see, a..." Once I have the words organized, then I put them into different "color groups." I have the kids memorize the words by the different groups. Once they have the color set memorized, they can move to a different level.
The way I motivate them to move along the color lists is by giving them a construction paper ice cream scoop for each level they pass. They get really excited when they get their ice cream scoop, and it is a great way to share their progress with them. I keep each student's chart in a bound book, so they aren't hanging on the walls.
We use our word wall, by placing each set of words on the wall as I introduce them. I give the parents and students a monthly reminder of what color they should be focusing on. Some are below that goal and some are way above.
The students get tested on their words weekly, and I send home a progress sheet so the parents know what words they missed.
Thanks for letting me share! Come on over and visit me anytime at Apples and ABC's!