EL Support Lesson
Sight Word Notes
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.
- 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.
Building academic language
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Additional EL adaptations
- 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.
Formative Assessment of Academic Language(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.
Review and closing(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.