I think it’s safe to say that every parent (and teacher) has seen a list of Dolch Sight Words at some point or another. These are high-frequency words that students should be able to identify ‘on sight’ at each grade level. I am not a proponent of forcing kids to ‘guess’ at pronunciations without understanding root words and definitions; however, you can create some activities using the sight word lists that will provide your homeschooler with the opportunity to explore the new words in greater detail. Most word lists only cover up to the 5th grade but I did some digging and found lists put together by teachers so that my 6th grader can use the activities as well. The plan is to use a list of twenty words each week for both girls; we will also review words from a grade level below and one above. for the first two lessons, I included definitions, a crossword (both printable and interactive), a short passage where the student completes each sentence using the correct word. My girls love making vocabulary flip cards using 3″ x 5″ index cards. They fold them in half, write the word on the outside and then write the definition on the inside. Throughout the week, I quiz them (sometimes they quiz each other). The youngest draws pictures or stories on her cards to represent each word! To keep it fun, you can have your homeschooler write the vocabulary words and definitions on separate cards and then make a matching game.
Below you will find downloads for 4th Grade Lesson 1 and 6th Grade Lesson 1. For future reference, all Building Vocabulary Beyond Dolch Sight Words downloads will be available on the Homeschool Hub: Lessons and Resources page. If you would like to receive an email notification for new lessons, make sure you subscribe to the blog!
4th Grade Lesson 1
6th Grade Lesson 1