What Are Sight Word Sentences?

Sight word sentences consist of sight words, which are also called High Frequency Words

First, they are words that are used often, but in many cases are not spelled the way that they sound.  The word CAT is spelled the way that it sounds, C-A-T. 

The word FROM is not.

The sight word FROM

If you ask an early learner how to write FROM, they will probably write F-R-U-M, the way that it sounds.

Secondly, sight words don’t typically fall into a word family.  A word family is a list of words that have the same spelling pattern, such as BAKE, CAKE, RAKE, etc.

A sample word family

FROM is not spelled the way that it sounds, nor does it fall into a word family.  So it’s a sight word.  It is a word that students learn by writing and reading frequently.

Teaching Children How to Write and Read

Sight word sentences are used to teach children how to write and read sight words. They are great for three reasons:

  1. First, they allow the children to learn the sight words in context.
  2. Second, they are structured so that the last word can be replaced with a related word to build vocabulary.
  3. Third, there is often one word in the sentence that can be used to teach a spelling pattern (word family).

A Sample Sentence

A sample sight word sentence is I LIKE TO PLAY. 

A sight word sentence, I like to play.

First, children learn the correct use of each word, I LIKE TO PLAY.  Learning to spell these words in the context of a sentence helps students distinguish and remember when and how to use each word.

For example, words such as “were, where and we’re” are easily confused if students learn them in a list of words rather than in a sentence.

Secondly, in the sentence, I LIKE TO PLAY, the word PLAY can be replaced with various verbs to build vocabulary. 

Three sight word sentences.

Lastly, children can learn the spelling pattern -IKE by replacing the first letter: bike, hike, Mike, strike etc.

The word family like, bike, hike, Mike

I first witnessed the positive effect that sight word sentences can have on children’s learning when I taught a 1st Grade Sheltered English classroom (You can read my full teaching background here.) and I’ve used them ever since. 

Now that you know what these sentences are, click on any of the following:

Learning to Read by Writing Sight Word Sentences

Lists of Sight Word Sentences to Get You Started

A list of sight word sentences

Learning How to Write Sight Word Sentences in 8 Easy Steps!

A student writes sight word sentences

How’s My Child Doing? (Informally Assessing Sight Words)

List of words in sight word sentences

Easy Readers-What to Look For! (books that support sight word sentences)

Books with Sight Word Sentences