- By this point in the school year, teachers have identified the preferred learning styles of each of their students.
- Teachers also know which students may need support in specific subject areas or skills, such as sight words.
- Scholastic provides essential tools to help teachers meet the needs of their students, for all learning modalities.
By now, you’ve reached the point in the school year where you’ve gotten to know your students and have discovered what kind of learners they are. You’ve identified your visual or auditory learners, those students who favor a more kinesthetic approach, and those with a tactile preference. You also know which students need a little extra practice in certain subject areas to increase the likelihood of success this school year.
Many students need additional help with sight words. These high-frequency words should be a top priority, as they are a necessary building block when it comes to literacy. Sight words appear often in texts and aren’t words that students can generally “sound out,” so it’s worth devoting a significant amount of class time to mastering these words.
Some students will need repeated exposure to reading the word, writing the word, hearing the word, and even touching the word, so having activities that target all of these learning modalities is important. Scholastic offers tools to help you give all of your students an extra lift this school year. Here are a 7 tips and supplemental resources to help you meet the needs of your students, whatever their preferred learning style:
1. For visual learners, display sight words prominently. This colorful bulletin board set features the first 100 words from the Fry list and reinforces sight word learning through color and customizable cards.
2. Scholastic’s Word Wall Pocket Chart is another easy way to display sight words, using 21 see-through pockets and cards that include the top 100 sight words.
3. Students enjoy singing along to songs they know and love, and repetition cements learning. Use this Sight Word Songs Flip Chart & CD to teach your auditory learners the top 50 sight words with a large, colorful laminated chart and fun and engaging songs that are easy to remember.
Visual and Auditory Learners
4. Students who learn well through both sight and sound will benefit from reading fiction aloud from our Sight Word Tales collection.
5. Tactile learners learn most effectively by writing or drawing. Teacher-created activity books like Little Learner Packets: Sight Words and Scrambled Sentences: Sight Words offer repeated writing practice of sight words to increase students’ reading and writing skills.
6. Movement is key for these students, so you may want to take advantage of classroom games to reinforce sight words. Try these learning mats for a hands-on way for students to interact with common sight words while improving handwriting skills.
These resources are just a few tools you can use to meet the needs of your students and help them learn the high-frequency words that are so important to reading success. As you progress through the school year, you’ll learn even more about your class and know exactly which tools and strategies are most effective when it comes to helping them grow as students, and Scholastic will be here to support you.