If you need a list of eighth grade sight words, you need to use the list developed for students up through the 3rd grade since that is the highest grade level for which Dolch sight words have been developed. This article will give you an idea of some words to include on your list as well as some fun games and activities.
Teaching Resources and Activities for Sight Words for 8th Grade
Eighth Grade Sight Words
Many school districts have a list of between 100 and 200 eighth grade sight words. Other schools focus on common and high frequency words to make up their list of sight words. Of course, standards differ from state to state; so, there is no list out there for eighth grade sight words that is used by everyone.
Here is one that has high frequency words that all eighth graders should know, preferably by sight:
although, another, anything, around, beautiful, because, belief, believe, beneath, between, board, breathe, brought, caught, certain, clothes, committee, complete, decided, desert, different, discussed, doesn't, either, embarrassed, enough, especially, everything, everywhere, excellent, experience, familiar, favorite, field, finally, foreign, friends, frighten, heard, height, herself, himself, humorous, hungry, immediately, interesting, knew, know, knowledge, language, lying, maybe, necessary, neighbor, ourselves, particular, peace, people, piece, please, possible, probably, quiet, really, receive, recommend, remember, restaurant, safety, school, separate, serious, since, special, something, success, their, there, themselves, they're, though, thought, through, throughout, together, until, usually, weight, where, whether, whole, your, you're
By eighth grade, most states and school districts are focusing on reading comprehension, writing in different genres, listening strategies, public speaking, and other related areas. If you are a teacher and want activities to help your students increase their vocabulary, spelling skills, and become better readers and writers, there are some resources available to you.
Here are a few:
Internet4Classrooms - This is a fantastic site that has activities that cover language arts standard. It has an amazing amount of stuff, like worksheets, interactive quizzes, etc, in the following areas:
Language: structure, usage, mechanics
Communication: listening and speaking skills
Writing: different genres and purposes
Research: all the steps from the topic to the final report
Logic: reasoning skills
Informational Text: analyze informational texts
Media: media as a source of information
Literature: literary terms and reading strategies
Review Help: practice tests and interactive quizzes
For example, when you click on "Language," you get these subsections:
Parts of Speech
Sentence Structure (fragments, punctuation, etc.)
Clauses and Phrases (adjective, adverb, etc.)
Clauses (independent and subordinate)
Sentence Structure (simple, compound, complex)
Use Reference Sources
Latin and Greek Roots
Roots and Affixes
Cultural and Regional
Understand Foreign Phrases
Puzzles and Games for the Classroom
There are several sources on line where you can make your own word search puzzles, cryptograms, crossword puzzles, and more.
Here are a few of them:
At Puzzlemaker, a site from Discovery Education, you can make many different types of puzzles that can be printed out and used in your classroom. Types of puzzles are:
It is very easy to use this site.
Tools for Educators has worksheets along with Bingo games and a crossword puzzle maker.
Rebus puzzles are great for 8th graders because it uses both sides of their brains. It's like exercising your mind. A rebus is a puzzle where letters, numbers, and pictures mesh together to reveal a word or phrase. Here are a couple of examples:
PAWALKRK = walk in the park
HEELS = head over heels
If you remember the television game "Concentration", it used a rebus puzzle after the contestants eliminated all or most of the matching pairs. Some examples of things that can represent other things are:
4 = for
8 = ate
F + [picture of an ear] = fear
D + [picture of a light] = delight
GR + 8 = great
2 + L = tool
Other great sites for rebuses are:
Kids' Pages from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Fun with Words.com (100 puzzles)
- Teaching Resources and Activities for Sight Words for 8th Grade