Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sight Words and Thinking Maps!

It's getting to that time of year!  The students that "have it" are rocketing ahead!

The struggling students need that extra oomph to really have a good grasp of the missing foundational skills.

Because of those struggling groups, I developed a plan to be sure that I will target their missing sight words.  Plus,  I have to collect RTI data and this gives me a solid baseline and percentage that I can collect weekly! 

First I assess my kids to get that baseline score.  With this information, I can determine which list and group of words to start with!
The student gets the corresponding list of words to practice during the week in small group. (also great for your pull out, parent volunteer tutors, and even homework!)

We "play" with our words all week and finally we reassess to get our new percentage. (Can I get a YAY for easy data collection?)
Just for fun, I am letting my kids glue their mastered words into a sight word journal.  This is now their favorite "book" to pull out and read!!!  Why didn't I think of this before?!
 Here's what the I'm a sight word STAR packet looks like:

On Monday, we had staff development, and we launched into thinking maps.  I have been re inspired to make thinking maps a bigger part of our day!  Here's what we have done Tuesday and today:

 I did these two as part of a morning message and it was such a fun review.  Isn't it fun when the simple things become fun again?!

How's your week going!?


  1. That sight word pack looks fantastic! I know a few of my kids that I could def. use this guided practice with and all of that wonderful data collecting that would go with it. Thank you so much for sharing such a great resource. Heading to TPT now to grab it!


  2. I love your packet!! Now I just need a Treasures version (wink;) Love the thinking maps!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  3. Long O families thinking maps are lookin' good! So is the money chart, LOVE IT!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  4. I love your thinking maps; thanks so much for sharing! They are so bright and fun :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  5. This is so great Reagan! This is where we separate the men from the boys! We love seeing the friends start taking off and you just see the glow of their lil lightbulbs turning on. Great way to practice basic skills in such a fun way! Fabulous!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  6. Your sight word packet looks amazing!!!!

  7. Hi Reagan!
    I love your packet for sight words! This will be great to use with many of my students!
    One question - the money chart-Do you have this for sell at TPT? I love the big coins and the labeling. If not, where can I prucahse these coins and labels?

  8. Thanks for the great ideas. Sight words are a struggle in my class, now I have one more idea--glue them in a book when they know them. Brilliant! And the vowel/consonant thinking map--we are doing that TODAY! Thanks!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  9. SN: When we did a circle map for what people do for New Year's, one of my students commented "It looks like a doughnut!" Thanks so much for the great tips. That thinking map is priceless! I'll use it from now on whenever I introduce a word family.

  10. Hello my dear Reagan!! I love the charts for consonants and vowels, what a great visual! I can see where they would LOVE having their sight words in a journal like that, so smart!

  11. I am a thinking map teacher. I use them for every subject. Students really get the idea soon and are able to do it themselves..

    Fonts 4 Teachers
    Fonts 4 Teachers in TPT

  12. I love the money thinking map. Any chance you can offer that to us so we can print it for our classrooms?

  13. I love the money thinking map. Any chance you can offer that to us so we can print it for our classrooms?

  14. You are a star. Fabulous as always!

  15. Wow! You are one busy lady! I'm using your idea for the vowel and consonant sort! Neat idea!

  16. You are so inspiring! I guess when we have taught for so long sometimes we forget all the important little pieces to the puzzle for kids. Thanks for always sharing. I love your blog!!

  17. I love your money map. Do you sell it on TPT? I have looked everywhere. Thanks for all the great ideas!!!