Ball Words as Sight Words and The Science of Reading
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Ball Words as Sight Words and The Science of Reading

Ball words provide motivation for students to practice and master sight words. By placing ‘words’ on sports balls, sight word practice activities and games become fun and engaging. It also provides students with a means to see their own progress in mastering these words. The goal is never to just memorize these words, but by using the materials included in this resource, students will work with words, mapping, reading and playing until they become familiar by sight.

Mapping Sight Words for Mastery
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Mapping Sight Words for Mastery

Teaching sight words in early elementary classrooms can be a challenge. However, through orthographic mapping, students do more than just memorize words. By mapping out words, kindergarten and first grade students will receive explicit instruction to help them make connections and recoginize patterns in words. While teachers understand the importance of this, it is difficult to know how to make it work in a real classroom. This blog post will show you how.