There are 6 lists of sight word sentences at the bottom of this post. You can use these sentences to help children learn how to spell common sight words (also known as high frequency words), build vocabulary and reinforce capitalization and punctuation.
What Are Sight Word Sentences?
If you’re not familiar with Sight Word Sentences, it’s important that you read: What Are Sight Word Sentences? first.
I’ve created these lists of sight word sentences according to what has worked successfully in my teaching. Feel free to create your own sentences if they will better meet the needs of your students!
The key is to first present the new sight words in a sentence. This helps children learn the words in context. Specifically for language learners, it’s important that they hear how each word is used in relationship to other words.
Repetition With Slight Change
Next, have the students write the sentence multiple times, changing the last word. This serves three purposes.
First, students get to practice writing the sight words that they are learning.
Second, they have a chance to choose words when they change the underlined word. I’ve found that children really enjoy choosing the last word!
Moreover, changing the last word helps them build their vocabulary.
Teaching the Lists
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN TEACHING THESE LISTS:
- First, teach these sentences after the child has learned the names and sounds of each letter in the alphabet.
- Second, plan to spend at least one week on each sentence.
NOTE: For language learners, I suggest spending two weeks on each sentence. One week is spent learning how to write the sentence correctly and building vocabulary.
The second week is spent learning the indicated spelling pattern (which also introduces new vocabulary).
3. Third, after you introduce a sight word sentence, write the individual words on a word wall for the students to refer to later, as needed.
Moving onto the Next Sentence
4. Fourth, make sure the child knows how to spell the sight words in one sentence before moving onto the next sentence. The underline words DO NOT need to be spelled correctly to move on.
NOW THE LISTS!
The lists get progressively more difficult. Your youngest writers should begin with List 1.
Lastly, to learn how to teach each sight word sentence to your child or student, you can read, Learn How to Write Sight Word Sentences in 8 Easy Steps.
Here’s an 8 minute video listing other sight word sentences.