Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sight Word Interactive Notebooks

Just in case you have been hiding under a rock for a year or so, let me tell you about a super fun way to engage your students in learning....Interactive Notebooks! Interactive Notebooks are great for introducing, practicing and revising concepts. Today I would like to walk you through my Sight Words Interactive Notebooks, which have been a wonderful help for students learning high frequency (and often tricky) words.


When the sight word is introduced, I like to have the students trace over the word with their finger. After this, the kiddies stick stickers or use bingo markers to dot the word. Any tactile activity works well here! Under this flap students then write the word in the box shapes and glue. Students then find the sight word in the next two practice examples. These activities are completed on the first day.


By now you will notice there is no getting around it. Interactive Notebooks involve lots of cutting, gluing and coloring. While practicing these skills in the elementary years is important for fine motor development, it can take away precious lesson time. That is why I find that working in small groups (with a parent/volunteer) is particularly helpful when introducing these activities. As students become familiar with the layout and better with their cutting skills, this can be done as a larger group or independent activity.


Students love making the picture! They read and write their sight words as they create the scene. They print, rainbow write and repeat the word. This activity is completed on the second day. Similar opportunities to practice are included with the 'cross' activity, where students trace, color, rainbow write and print the sight word on and under the flaps.


In the 'read and trace' sentence practice activity, students have the opportunity to see the word used in context. This page is completed on the third day.

At the beginning of the year, each word is introduced and practiced over a 3 day period. As students become more confident with the process and their cutting skills, this can be done over a 2 day period and the house picture can be used as an independent revision activity.

I love to use these notebooks when there is an extra 5 minutes to fill throughout the day. The kiddies simply take out their books and revise their sight words! They love it and so do I! Of course, not all activities must be used, or used as I have described. That's what I love about teaching - adapting activities to suit the learners in our care!

I have just listed my Sight Word List 4 Interactive Notebook Bundle and am offering it at half price today along with my best selling List 1 Bundle. Linking up with The Teaching Tribune's Two for Tuesday. Pop on over to grab some bargains at half off!

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10 comments:

  1. OK, I can't get this to work for me. I have an Austic granddaughter that would benefit from this book. Can I just pay for the componets of the notebook? It looks great.

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    1. Renea, I am so sorry I didn't see your comment earlier! I have a few notebook activities in my store. This is my most popular: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sight-Word-Interactive-Notebook-Bundle-Pre-Primer-1164561 and you can try some of it for free https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Teacher-Gene/Price-Range/Free/Category/Interactive-Notebooks
      Hope this helps! Thanks! Jean

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  2. Thank you for the words of support on the post. I appreciate it.
    Keep up the great work & happy blogging!

    Zean
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  3. I was wondering how large the font is in this packet? My daughter is legally blind and uses print that is anywhere from 2inches (72pt font) I am teaching her to be a dual print reader so both Braille and extra large print and think some of the components will be useable. What do you think?

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    1. Was supposed to say 1-2" ( most of the time I am using 72 point font)

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    2. Sorry Anna for the late reply! I think you are right - some of the components might work well for your daughter. I have some free samples and the other words follow the same format so you should be able to get an idea as to whether it would suit your daughter's needs by downloading the freebies. Thank Freebie and Wish/Many Freebie. Thanks for reading! Jean

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  4. Hi Jean- these interactive notebooks are the BOMB! I teach in a Spanish Immersion Kindergarten... Any chance you could create one of these for Spanish sight words? You do great work!
    Maestra Shanna

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  5. I bought a bundle from TpayT (I think). I printed out part of it called Reading Interactive Notebook (2014) but now can't find the rest of it. TPT doesn't show that I bought it...where did it come from? I thought it was about $9.00. Help. I really want to use it with my PreK grandson. Have you any idea where else I got it from?

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