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Lesson Plans
Sight-Word Study

CCSS Language: Reading: Foundational Skills
  • RF.K.3c: Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).

Materials Needed
Before You Begin
  • Print out a copy of A New Pet for each student in your class.
  • After printing them out, stack the full-page sheets in the following order, starting at the bottom of the stack:
    1. page 7/cover facedown
    2. page 1/page 6 faceup
    3. page 5/page 2 facedown
    4. page 3/page 4 faceup
  • Then carefully fold the entire stack in half and make a crease.
  • Keeping the pages together, unfold the stack and staple three staples along the length of the crease to make a spine. Be sure to staple through the top of the stack so that the tips of the staples are on the inside of the book.


  1. Display the sight-words can, have, I, not, that and you on a chalkboard or with a document camera.
  2. Explain to the class that there are many words you can “sound out” for the correct pronunciation, but there are some words that you should recognize by sight. These sight-words do not always follow the standard rules of letter sounds.
  3. As you point to each word, read the word aloud and have students repeat after you.
  4. Then point to each word again, calling on student volunteers to say the sight-word.


  1. Explain to students that they are going to encounter these sight-words in a story that you will read together.
  2. Give each student a copy of A New Pet.
  3. Point out that each page has a picture and a sentence. Show students that some of the words have rebus pictures, or pictures that stand for words. Explain that the other words that do not have pictures are sight-words.
  4. Have students follow along as you read the book aloud.
  5. Invite students to point out the sight-words they recognize as they encounter them in the book.

Guided Practice

  1. Divide the class into small groups of three or four students.
  2. Tell each group that you would like them to practice reading the story aloud. (Note: They can take turns reading or they can practice choral reading.) Remind students to speak slowly and clearly so it’s easier for others to follow along.

Independent Practice

  1. Pair students with a partner. Cut out enough sight-word cards so that each pair of students gets two sets.
  2. Have the students place the cards facedown to play a memory matching game. One player will turn over two cards at a time and say the word on each card aloud. If the words match, the player can keep the cards. If the words do not match, the player turns the cards facedown again and play continues.

View the preschool–kindergarten lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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