It is all too often the case for parents of ESL students to have trouble with  facilitating homework assignments for their children.  This is an especially challenging task with sight words.  Many parents have informed me that they want to help their children to become better readers, but when it comes to sight words, they do not know how to read or pronounce the sight words.

I am assembled a sight word acquisition book and accompanying MP3 audio files that are based off of the sight words from Jan Richardson’s “The Next Step in Guided Reading”.   I created this as a resource for ELL students, but it can be used by any student.   I have had co-workers request to use the resource with students in their classrooms.  In some cases, they have printed the book and had students listen to the files on the computer or on a CD player.  In other instances, the resource can be used on a Smart Board, allowing students to trace the words as they listen to the MP3 files.

In order to use the printed book or send it home as homework, you should have a sheet protector, dry erase pen and some sort of eraser for erasing the dry erase marks.  I have bound the book or have put it in a ringed folder.  The sheet protector is used by students to write on with the dry erase marker.  The student places the sheet protector over the page he or she is working on.  When prompted, the student traces or writes the word with the dry erase marker.  Sheet protectors should be used because it’s less time-consuming than laminating each page, and still allows the books to be reused over and over again.

Some students do not have access to MP3 devices or computers at home.  In these instances I have burned the MP3 file to CD’s so that the student could play the recording on the CD player or DVD player they have at home. 

I hope you are able to use this as much as I have with facilitating student sight word and reading acquisition.

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Beth Crumpler is the founder of adaptivelearnin. Beth is an educator who is passionate about platforms for adaptive learning and curriculum design. She earned her B.A. in music education from Southeastern University, M.S. in TESOL from Shenandoah University, and 42 graduate-level credits from several universities in California. Beth is an experienced teacher, curriculum writer, blogger, and elearning course developer in the fields of ESL and music education. She has written learning content for several major educational companies/institutions. Her strongest asset is in using needs analysis and thinking creatively to develop adaptive educational materials both through kinesthetic hands-on and technological platforms to meet the diverse learning needs of students regardless of age, learning need and content area. Beth has taught students of many linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She loves her work, loves to bring positive humor to it whenever possible, and is seriously dedicated to the profession. Beth's experiences teaching for numerous content areas, diverse populations, and a wide range of age groups is what propelled her with the vision to create adaptivelearnin. Her vision has been to support educators in finding resources which support learning through modified and targeted experiences so that all students receive individualized learning to facilitate their educational growth needs. Adaptivelearnin is a place where educators can find digital and hands-on adaptive learning resources for planning and instructional purposes. Beth does freelance curriculum writing, article writing/blogging, and online course development. For inquires about hiring Beth for work, please email her at Go to to check out published articles Beth has written. Opinions are her own and are not those of her employer, or previous employers.

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