If you are an early childhood education teacher, then you will more than likely benefit from teaching lessons on Dolch sight words for elementary grades. The list of Dolch sight words for elementary grades is quite extensive. Judging from the word lists for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second and third grades, these are the words that primary school student must learn by sight alone - photos and images won't help to describe these words. This is why the process of teaching Dolch sight words for elementary school students is crucial and they must be taught in the right way.
Dolch sight words are instrumental for students to learn when they learn how to read. Whether taught via flash cards or other means, it is imperative for students to learn the sight word lists assigned to their particular grade. There are sight word lists just about everywhere on the Internet. The Dolch sight word lists are readily labeled for teachers and students to better understand. If you are teaching children up through elementary grades, then you would need to incorporate them into your lesson plans and classroom objectives.
The Dolchword website provides a table of all 220 Dolch site words by grade level - pre-primer (pre-kindergarten) to 3rd grade.
When reviewing the pre-primer words you will notice that they are words that most pre-kindergartner will recognize rather quickly. They are common words and quite often, these words are best to learn via sight. While many words can easily be sounded out, most cannot - at least, not with ease.
When teaching pre-kindergarteners their sight words it might prove easier to teach the pre-k students using songs. It is no secret that little children enjoy singing. If you notice, most of the information that pre-kindergarteners retain from their favorite shows (for example, Sesame Street, Barney or the Electric Company) usually comes from songs. If you put the sight words to music perhaps students will better recognize them. This method can be used for the kindergarten and first grade lists as well.
It is not entirely too difficult for kindergarteners to learn their sight words. The average kindergartener can be slightly more focused than the average pre-kindergartener. While their inquisitive minds also run a mile a minute it is a bit easier for them to be slightly more disciplined in their learning patterns. Nonetheless, it will probably still be easier for the kindergartener to learn via music as well.
Even though these word lists are meant to learned by sight, sometimes learning them by sight and sound will better ingrain them into the memories of the students. It can also prove helpful to have colorful posters and cutouts with the sight words labeled on them placed strategically around the classroom.
The average first grader is rip, roaring and ready to learn. You might find that teaching sight words to a group of first graders is interesting to say the least. This is a good transition period for many students. They are claiming their independence as little people yet at the same time they are still exploring the world.
With second and third graders, the students can be a bit more trying as well as more willing to test your patience as a teacher. So, to maximize their learning, you will definitely want to incorporate a game of some sort into the lesson plan for sight words.
Consider using games that will get the group excited to be a part of the learning process. This is important because you want to make sure that you inspire your students to want to learn at all times.