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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.

Sight Word Acquisition Book (PDF) and sight word acquisition MP3s  (ZIP)Creative Commons License
Sight Word Acquisition Book and Sight Word Acquisition MP3 by Beth Crumpler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.

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  9 Responses to “Sight Word Acquisition Book and Accompanying MP3 Files”

  1. Hi Beth,
    I’ve just discovered your blog. I’m keen to try your sight word idea and I think it would be a valuable addition to my classroom, as I’m looking to extend what I’m doing with sight words. However, I don’t know how to access your mp3 files through flash. Would you please explain how I can save them. I can also be reached at jayjuice @ [minus spaces]. Thanks!

    • Janet,

      Thanks so much for your interest in the Sight Word Book and MP3. I’m thrilled you would like to use it in your classroom. That’s why I shared it…so more students can be facilitated and reached in an engaging and interactive way. It has been extremely helpful with my students. It is a very good homework resource as well. When I get computer access within the next day or two I will comment and/or email you on how you can have access to download the MP3’s. I’m typing from my i-phone and it’s too hard to do this from my phone. It’s an older i-phone…I really need to upgrade. I’m out and about and will have computer with high speed internet access later. I wanted to write a short comment here to thank you for your interest and let you know that I’ve read your comment and do plan to get back to you soon. I didn’t want to keep you waiting and wondering with no reply. Thanks again. I’ll be recommenting soon. -Beth

  2. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate the extra effort you are going to… no rush as we have just started 2 weeks of school holidays here šŸ™‚

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