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First Grade Sight Word Journals

Over time, sight words must be known automatically, and read aloud by memory (sight) NOT by sounding them out.  This slows down the reading and comprehending of text.  There are over two hundred of these "sight words"--the words most frequently found in written texts.  

        The sight words your child brings home each week are being studied in class as well, so your child should be somewhat familiar with the words.  EACH FRIDAY, your child will bring his or her Sight Word Journal to school and read the lists to me.  As your child reads them out of order accurately, I will place a check next to the word.  When your child receives a total of 3 checks on a word, the word is considered to be "mastered."  Your child does not need to read that word to me the following week.  ìMasteredî words will be highlighted in orange.  A "•" next to a word means it was read inaccurately.

        Each Friday, starting THIS Friday, your child will receive new words in his or her Sight Word Journal if NO MORE THAN 3 words were read incorrectly.  There are over 30 Sight Word lists which reach up to the fourth/fifth grade.  So if you feel these beginning words are too easy, donít worry.  For those students who need an additional challenge, I have such supplemental lists prepared.  Know that the words expected to be masterd in first grade end at week 15.

        I urge you to kindly help your child study these words every night for about 3-5 minutes.  Should your child lose the Sight Word Journal, he or she will have to (during recess time) make a new one.  I recommend placing the journal in the left flap of the Homework Folder so we all know where it is at all times!  Remember that each Friday, your child will need to have this journal in school.

What's a Cheetah Word?
        I have designated certain sight words as Cheetah Words, because they appear to "cheat" on how they are sounded out phonetically.  They are awfully "tricky" for beginning readers to learn.  In other words, the /s/ sound in the word "is" sounds like a /z/ because the word cheats!  In the word "one" where is the /w/ sound?  Not there, because it's another cheater!  For many lists, I have underlined the irregular part(s) of the sight word.

Have fun watching your child thrive as a young reader in the next few months.  Join me at home on our amazing ride along the road to reading fluently, by your vital participation in your child's Sight Word Journal!  Please contact me with any questions via a note or e-mail at

                                                        Educationally yours,

                                                        Mr. Giso