Help your children become more confident and fluent readers by teaching them these common nouns! This hands-on learning invitation is low-prep and very easy to set up. Just print, cut, and go! You can personalize this activity by making letter manipulatives out of wood pieces or stones.
What are Sight Words?
While teaching reading to children starts with the decoding process, as children begin to recognize more words, they transition to sight reading.
Sight words are high-frequency words. They are also called popcorn words because they frequently “pop up” in reading and writing. Sight words are all about memorization and recognition. Not about the spelling or sounding them out. By eliminating the need to decode these words, children are able to focus on more difficult words.
Sounds good, right?! Here is a fun and hands-on activity to help your children learn the 95 Dolch sight word nouns!
- Dolch Noun Sight Words- Say It, Make It, Write It
- Laminator– Optional
- Dry erase marker or something else to write with
- Metal ring
- Paper punch
- Wood circles, stones, or a letter manipulative
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Here’s How to Set Up the Learning Invitation:
First decide what type of letter manipulatives you would like to use. You can use magnetic letters, letter tiles, or write letters on stones or wood pieces. You can find all of these options on Amazon.
I wrote alphabet letters on wood pieces and sorted them in two eggs cartons. I stored X,Y and Z in the last spot. Some words require two or more of the same letter, so take that into consideration when preparing your letter manipulatives. The wood pieces are a little larger and the words that are longer than 5 letters went off the mat work space. This didn’t bother my boys, but thought I should mention it.
*Tip! Extra large eggs have larger egg compartments. This equals more storage space!
Print your Dolch Noun Activity Packet. I printed all of my pieces of paper on cardstock. You can also choose to laminate the cardstock to make them more durable.
I laminated my Dolch noun sight word strips, put the mat in a plastic pouch, and used a dry erase marker for writing.
Choose the nouns that you would like your child to focus on, put them on a metal ring for easy flipping, and place them on the “say it” section of the mat.
Invite your child to read the word, make it out of the letter manipulatives and write it on the space provided. Then model how to put the letters back in the correct spot and move on to the next word!
You can choose from the noun strips with or without picture prompts!
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I hope you give this fun learning invitation a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this one.