Let’s highlight all the things…. well all the sight words at least! Kids love highlighters and well…. highlighters love sight words (at least that is what I told my kiddos!).
Highlighters are perfect for well….. highlighting…. any sight words that you may be introducing or practicing. Learning sight words in the context of a book or poem is an authentic way to bring meaning to these tricky little words. Photocopied booklets are the perfect opportunity to bring the highlighters out. Focus on one specific sight word or give them a few to look for!
Each week when we added a new poem to our Song and Poem Books I would write one or more sight words on the board for the students to find and highlight in their poem. This became a very popular activity and my kiddos would often start looking for words to highlight before I even got a chance to write them on the board.
Of course we can’t have our students highlighting sight words everywhere they see them in our classroom…. like in picture books or posters etc. But the truth is they will see them all over the place and often looking a little bit different…bring on all the fonts! When I introduce new sight words I use a simple primary font but that is not how our students always encounter them in the world.
Pointing out fancy letters on book covers and in environmental print is great way to get your students familiar with recognizing letters and words …. even though they might look a little different. Most children won’t have too much difficulty doing this with a little practice…but there are some kids that can really get stuck when a word looks even a bit different. Get those highlighters out again and give my highlight it pages a try!
Each Highlight it! page has one focus sight word for students to find and highlight in a variety of fonts. The sight word is also used in a sentence (or two) giving students a chance to read the word in the context of a simple sentence. Click below to see my newest Highlight it! Sight Words set on TPT.