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Independent Strategies

~ Jill Marie Warner ~

When I get stuck on a word in a book,
There are lots of things I can do.
I can do them all, please, by myself;
I don't need help from you.
 
I can look at the picture to get a hint.
Or think of what the story's about.
I can "get my mouth ready" to say the first letter.
A kind of "sounding out".
 
I can chop up the words into smaller parts,
Like on or ing or ly,
Or find smaller words in compound words
Like raincoat and bumblebee.
 
I can think of a word that makes sense in that place,
Guess or say "blank" and read on
Until the sentence has reached its end,
Then go back and try these on:
"Does it make sense?"
"Can we say it that way?"
"Does it look right to me?"
Chances are the right word will pop out like the sun
In my own mind, can't you see?
 
If I've thought of and tried out most of these things
And I still do not know what to do,
Then I may turn around and ask
For some help to get me through.
 
The Reading Teacher Vol. 46, No. 8 May 1993
 
Dolch Sight Word List
*Your child should be able to read the preprimer, primer, and first grade word list.  Knowing these words will help with your child's ability to fluently read words in a book.  
 
Activities to use with sight words:
-Make flashcards with the words on them.
-Have your child point to the letters and name the letters in each sight word.
-Have your child find the sight words in magazines, newspapers, and books.
-Have student make these words using playdough, writing them in salt, sand, or shaving cream.
-Play a memory game using the sight words.
 
 PreprimerPrimerFirstSecondThird
aallafteralwaysabout
andamagainaroundbetter
awayareanbecausebring
bigatanybeencarry
blueateasbeforeclean
canbeaskbestcut
comeblackbybothdone
downbrowncouldbuydraw
findbuteverycalldrink
forcameflycoldeight
funnydidfromdoesfall
godogivedon'tfar
helpeatgoingfastfull
hersfourhadfirstgot
Igethasfivegrow
ingoodherfoundhold
ishashimgavehot
ithehowgoeshurt
jumpintojustgreenif
littlelikeknowitskeep
lookmustletmadekind
makenewlivemanylaugh
menomayofflight
mynowoforlong
notonoldpullmuch
oneouroncereadmyself
playoutopenrightnever
redpleaseoversingonly
runprettyputsitown
saidranroundsleeppick
seeridesometellseven
thesawstoptheirshall
threesaytaketheseshow
toshethankthosesix
twosothemuponsmall
upsoonthenusstart
wethatthinkuseten
yellowtherewalkverytoday
youtheywherewashtogether
thiswhenwhichtry
toowhywarm
underwish
wantwork
waswould
wellwrite
wentyour
what
white
who
will
with
yes