Sight Word Ring

As I said in this post, I am starting to use the Orton Gillingham approach to help my struggling readers.

A big issue with my students is sight words. They just can’t get them down.

When I introduce a new sight word, I color code it either green, yellow, or red.

Green words can be sounded out (cat)

In Yellow words the students should be able to find a chunk of a shorter word they already know (“fun” in funny)

Red words are words that have to be memorized because they are non-phonetic (to, of)

After I introduce the new sight word (color-coded) and we do some practice activities with it (foldables/multi-sensory activities), I have the students write it down on either a green, yellow, or red notecard. We punch a hole in the card and add it to their learned word ring.

Atleast every other day, I will “quiz” the students on their learned word rings.

If they get a word correct, they get a line on the left. If they are incorrect they get a dot on the right. The goal is to get 4 consecutive lines and a slash (5 total). Once they do this, they can remove the word from their ring, dated, and filed away. Every once in a while, I will take out the filed words and quiz the students. Any they get incorrect go directly back on the ring.

This system seems to really help my students because it takes out the frustration of determining whether or not they should attempt to sound the word out or whether they need to just memorize it. They love their rings, especially when they get to take a word off!


  1. Jacqui on January 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    i love that suggestion! I might do something similar because my students really need to work on sight words. I also do rapid work recognition where they memorize it. We do my turn, your turn until they learn the word. I love the slashes and marks on the card to indicate how often they get it right.


  2. Kelly on January 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of color coding the sight words. What a great way to help kids learn strategies for words. Thanks so much for sharing!! I just found your blog through Fun in 1st & am excited to be your newest follower ๐Ÿ™‚

    First Grade Fairytales

    • Mrs. Dixon on January 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      My students really benefit from it! Glad you stopped by ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Marcy Fambro on January 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Hi! I found your blog through Fun in 1st "New Teacher Blog"! It looks great! I enjoyed reading about you! I absolutely love Big Bang Theory and Sheldon is great! ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm your newest follower! Nice to "meet" you!


    • Mrs. Dixon on January 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Marcy! Thanks for stopping by! I love your blog's name!

  4. Miss Nelson on July 4, 2013 at 6:19 am

    wonderful idea. Do you happen to have a list of the words separated? I would love to make some
    Thank you

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