Sight Word Fluency Sticks

Sight word fluency is important with young readers because of the frequency that they show up in text.  When looking at a list of approximately 300 sight words, did you know that about 75% of them show up in children’s books?  Sight word recognition is an essential component in the mastery of reading (Compton, 1997; Freebody & Byrne, 1988; Strickland & Morrow, 1991; Szeszulski & Szeszulski, 1987).  This post is going to explain how sight word fluency sticks can be used in the classroom to help your students master their sight word fluency.

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

When deciding upon a sight word practice and tracking system, it’s important to think about the following components:

  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Research based
  • Differentiated
  • Easy feedback for families
  • Work for interventions and child study data
  • Easily tracks student-driven data
  • Low stress
  • Low maintenance
  • Includes spiral review for long-term retention
  • Highly targeted for each student’s needs

With all of these components in mind, I created these sight word fluency sticks and am happy to tell you that all of these important components are included in this system.

WHERE TO START

The first thing that needs to be decided upon is  which sight word list you want to use.  The two main lists are Dolch and Fry.  Some school district have their own sight word list so you will want to check on this.  If your district uses their own list, there are editable sight word cards available in this resource.

Once the sight word list has been decided, it’s time to do a sight word check on the students.  Use a checklist or progress tracker and have the students go through the words, reading the words that he/she knows.  The child can color in the words that they know how to read.

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

Once the words have been assessed, cut apart the sight words cards and put them into three piles as seen below.  Each pile goes on the appropriate ring which then gets placed on the ruler.

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

The appropriate labels, as seen above, go right onto the ruler.  Placing a green line for achieved, yellow for progressing, and red for not yet are a nice optional visual for your little learners.

WHO NEEDS THIS

If you teach 1st grade I would suggest using these with all of your students.  If you teach 2nd grade I would suggest using these with your students who are below grade level with their reading abilities.

HOW TO SET UP

Once the students’ sight words are printed, cut, and attached to their fluency stick, all that is left is their fluency folder.  Inside the folder will be the fluency stick, letter home, extra sight word cards, and a tracking sheet.

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

HOW TO TRACK AND ASSESS

Students will practice their sight words both in class and at home.  These make for great homework, reading warm-ups, or even early finishers.  STUDENTS DO NOT MOVE THE FLASHCARDS THEMSELVES.  The reason for this is because a teacher must assess them to make sure they can read the sight words within 3 seconds.  I suggest checkin in with your students about once a week.  At that time, the cards that need to be moved can be moved up to the achieved level and the student can color in the sight word on the progress tracker.  I suggest having them color before moving the word onto the achieved ring.

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

WHY DO SIGHT WORD FLUENCY STICKS WORK?

I strongly believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 words at a time, this sets the child up for success.  They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.  The weekly spiral practice of the mastered sight words allow for long term mastery.  I also love that the program involves the families and shows them their progress as well as the benchmarks that they should strive for throughout the year.  Having students track their own progress not only frees up the teacher’s time but also puts students in control of their own learning.  When they track and see their progress, it’s a powerful thing!

Purchase your sight word fluency stick program here

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

WHAT DO I NEED

  • Folder with pockets
  • Ruler with 3 holes
  • 2 inch rings that easily open and close

MATERIALS INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE

  •  Sight Word Flashcards (Dolch Pre-primer-3rd grade, Fry 0-500, and Editable)
  • Folder Covers
  • Parent Letters
  • Program Overview for Implementation

If you’d like to save this post for future reference, feel free to use the image below to pin to your Pinterest board or use this link to directly pin quickly and easily!

Purchase your sight word fluency stick program here

Sight Word Fluency Sticks are a powerful tool for you to use in your Kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade classroom. I believe in this system because it is developmentally appropriate, research based, and meets the needs and ability levels of all the students in your classroom in a low stress and low maintenance way.  When students focus on 10 sight words at a time, this sets the child up for success. They are no longer overwhelmed with a pile of flashcards to practice.

11 Comments

  1. Kara

    Hi Angie!

    I love all of your products and ideas-you are amazing!! I really am hoping you have or will create a spin off- on your camp read a lot- I am looking for a beach theme instead of camping.

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      Hi Kara!
      Thank you for your message and purchase. I also appreciate you taking the time to message me with your great suggestion. I will add it to my list and do my best to get to it. Have a great day!

      Angie Olson
      Lucky Little Learners

      Reply
  2. Cindy

    Do you have a list of words for the advanced kids? Mine want to do this activity but they know all the sight words.

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      Hi Cindy!

      Thank you for your message and purchase. I also appreciate you taking the time to message me with your great suggestion. I will add it to my list and do my best to get to it. Have a great day!

      Angie Olson
      Lucky Little Learners

      Reply
  3. Angie

    Do you have a kindergarten level of this? I love it!!

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      Hi Angie!

      I appreciate you taking the time to message me with your great suggestion. I will add it to my list and do my best to get to it. Have a great day!

      Angie Olson
      Lucky Little Learners

      Reply
  4. Cara

    Do you think this would work in kindergarten? I am looking to up my sight word game next year.

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      Hi Cara!

      I don’t have a kindergarten set of the fluency sticks in my shop, but I do think that my toothy kit could be useful for incorporating sight words into your classroom! I have placed the link below for you to see if it’s at all something you would be interested in. Thanks for reaching out and have a great day!

      http://bit.ly/2rQIz74

      Angie Olson
      Lucky Little Learners

      Reply
  5. Sarah Lemieux

    what a great idea! I can’t wait to try this!!

    Reply
  6. Brandy Navarro

    I love this idea! I am curious though I gather that the folder with the tracking progress (coloring known) and the sight word stick stays in the classroom correct? Do you send home a separate ruler ring set for home use also, or do you just send home the cut cards that they are currently working on like those 10?
    Thanks in advance!
    Brandy

    Reply
    • Bailey Jordan

      ​Hi! We would love to help you with this question, please email us at [email protected] and we will do our best to answer it for you! Thanks so much!

      Bailey Jordan
      Lucky Little Learners

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Welcome, I’m Angie!

Hello there! I’m Angie Olson- a teacher, curriculum developer, educational blogger and owner of Lucky Little Learners.

read more

Follow me on

Shop with us

Bring some fun into your lessons!

Bring some fun into your lessons!

 

Grab this free digital Halloween math game! I look forward to connecting with you - even from a distance!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

shares