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Words To Know

At the beginning of first grade, most children are "emergent readers." They are able to read familiar books that contain some of the high frequency words below. They are beginning to use their knowledge of letter sounds and the patterns in the text to figure out unknown words. During first grade, children learn several important strategies to decode more difficult words, to understand more complex stories and to read more fluently.

High frequency words (sometimes known as "sight words") occur often in both conversation and printed text. These words are used so often in books that first graders need to be able to read and write them quickly. A first grade student needs to immediately recognize these words in print, without slowing down to "sound" them out.

Words to Know:
a for in not we
am get into on went
and go is play will
are going it said with
at got like see up
big had look she you
can he me the  
cat here mom they  
come home my this  
dad I no to  

  • Play sight word bingo. Create a few bingo boards with all the words he/she has been practicing. See who can recognize the most sight words and call out BINGO!
  • Use playdough or shaving cream on a tray or table and have your child create letters and words. This promotes letter formation, fine motor and writing skills, but as well as sight word recognition.
  • Have a sight word treasure hunt! Look around your house for cards with sight words. When you find them have your child call out the word on the card.
  • Have your child circle sight words they see in magazines or articles.
  • Use magnetic letters to talk about letters and letter sounds. Write sight words or names of family members.