It is no secret that teaching sight words is one of my favorite things. It is also no secret that my own students are required to know a LOT of sight words in Kindergarten. One question many teacher keep asking me is about RTI with Sight Words. Oh Boy! I have some Sight Word RTI Help for you!
Sight Word RTI Set Up
Here is a look at the desk I have outside of my classroom. I use this for parent volunteers as well as an extra work place for me to work with students whenever possible. It is not a place for punishment but rather a quiet place for one on one help.
I am very blessed to have several parent volunteers this year. If you are not so lucky, just use this set up in an alternative location in your classroom where students are still in your sight line.
What is Available at Hand?
-binder (I will show this in detail soon)
-Clipboard with students names
-dry erase markers and erasers
What is in the Binder?
Each week, there is a mandatory curriculum map to teach a set number of sight words to our students. I use an invention of my own called Sight Word Stations each and every week to dig deep into learning sight words in a FUN way. (I will provide links to that information as well.)
When I am done with that week, I had been placing those files in my filing cabinet. What a waste! All those great HANDS ON materials sitting in a filing cabinet until next year? Sometimes I want to knock some sense into myself.
Instead, I took an old binder from a shelf in my room. I had numbered tabs in it as well. (I used it for student data in years prior.)
Next, I added page protectors. For each week, I place the SAME sight word activities we do in class under that numbered section. Week one is empty because we do not teach any sight words on week one. If you flip to week two, it has week two sight word activities. Week three has week three sight word activities. And so on.
Finally, let me make this clear. I am doing NO extra work to put these files in the binder verses in a filing cabinet. All I am doing is providing a hands on way for my students to still use these files even after I moved on towards new sight words. In fact using the binder is a huge storage solution for me.