EL Support Lesson

Sight Words that Start with A

Use this fun A focused lesson plan to give your ELs a chance to practise their letter identification and sight word skills! It can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support for the Spell and Say Words with A lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theSpell and Say Words with ALesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theSpell and Say Words with ALesson plan.

Students will be able to recognise high frequency sight words beginning with the letter A.


Students will be able to identify grade-level sight words beginning with the letter A using visual and written supports.

(5 minutes)
A Is For...
  • Display the book The Ants Go MarchingTo the class (in a big book version if possible).
  • Read aloud the book, using a pointer to follow along as you read each word.
  • Tell the class that today you will be learning about words that start with the letter A, just like "ant" in the story. All of the words you will be learning to read today are ones called sight words. Say, "A sight word is a word you can read by memory—you don't need to sound it out."
(5 minutes)
  • Display the vocabulary cards, beginning with the word "a."
  • Ask students to look at the word and repeat the word after you say it.
  • Model how to say the letters aloud, tracing them on the vocabulary card, and then saying the whole word, "a."
  • Repeat with the remaining sight words.
  • Explain that learning sight words by memory helps us when we are reading, this way we can know what a sight word says as soon as we see it in a book.
  • Tell the class that when you introduce a new sight word, you will place it on the word wall in the classroom for students to use.
  • Place the new sight words on your word wall and model how you would find the word if needed (by first letter).
(5 minutes)
  • Pass out a set of sight word cards to each student.
  • Say the word aloud and then have the students trace the letters on each card while saying the word aloud.
  • Ask the students to look at one card at a time, turn it over, and then try to write the letters onto the rug or a table (without looking at the card).
  • Use the new sight words in simple sentences orally with students, e.g., "I see an ant."
(10 minutes)
  • Display the Tracing Letters: A worksheet and explain that students will now get a chance to practise writing the letter A and identifying words that begin with the letter A on their own.
  • Pass out the worksheets to each student to complete independently.
  • Pair students with a partner and have them practise using their sight word cards and the visuals from the worksheet to verbally make sentences, e.g., "An acorn starts with A."


  • Pair students with a partner to practise reading and tracing sight words.
  • Work with students in a small group to complete the worksheets.


  • Invite advanced students to identify highlighted sight words in levelled readers and/or picture books.
(5 minutes)
  • Pass out the A Is For... worksheet and assess if students are able to accurately identify words that begin with the letter A based on the pictures.
  • Show students the sight word cards and ask them to identify the word written. Take note of words students are unable to identify without support.
(5 minutes)
  • Project "The Farm: Level A" and read aloud with the class. Pause to note the sight words from today's lesson.
  • Close by saying, "As you can identify more sight words, you will become better readers!"

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