EL Support Lesson

Sight Word Notes

In this fun lesson plan, students will get to practise using sight words while writing notes to their peers. This is a great introductory lesson as a stand alone or a support lesson for the lesson plan **A Sight Word Celebration**.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theA Sight Word Celebration!Lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theA Sight Word Celebration!Lesson plan.

Students will be able to read year one sight words and use them in the context of a sentence.


Students will be able to identify grade level words within sentences using visual and written supports.

(2 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceVocabulary Cards: Sight Word NotesGlossary: Sight Word Notes
  • Prewrite a short note to the class that includes several familiar sight words.
  • Introduce the lesson by saying, "Look! There is a note for you all on the board. Remember a note or letter is one way we can communicate with our friends. Let's read this note together."
  • Read aloud the note to the class, making sure to model using both fluency and expression as you read.
(10 minutes)
  • Invite the students to read the note a second time along with you. This time point to each word as you read, and make sure to read slowly, continuing to model reading with both fluency and expression.
  • Explain that today, students will get to practise writing their very own notes to a family member.
  • Review the target vocabulary words by providing student-friendly definitions using the Vocabulary Cards and Glossary.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask the class to help you identify the sight words in your note.
  • Have students come up and circle any of the sight words in your note.
  • Practise reading the note aloud, pointing out any missing sight words.
  • Explain that now students will get to use sight words in their very own notes to their family.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out copies of the Vocabulary Cards (for students to reference) as well as unlined paper and pencils to each student.
  • Have students work independently to write a letter to a family member using at least four of the target sight words.


  • Work with a small group of students to write a shared letter to another class of students. Have students practise identifying and reading the sight words to include, using the Vocabulary Cards as reference.


  • Ask students to write either a second or longer note using additional sight words and/or longer sentences.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect student work samples to check if students are able to utilize the target sight words in a letter format.
  • As students are at work, walk around and assess if they are able to read and write the target sight words in their letters.
(3 minutes)
  • Have students turn and talk to share their letter with a peer.
  • Review that the more sight words you know, the easier it is to read and write!
  • Celebrate the hard work of the students and encourage them to decorate envelopes for their letters.

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