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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of March 11th

posted Mar 13, 2018, 6:48 AM by Courtney Richardson
Research for the Four Steps for Teaching a Sight Word

I was recently asked this question: “Is there any research for the particular way
you teach sight words?” The procedures for teaching a sight word are grounded in
the work of Marie Clay and Grace Fernaldt and my years of personal research and
experience. I experimented with many procedures before I settled on the Four
Steps, and I have found them to be efficient and effective. 
Some children develop a haphazard way of attending to print that can interfere
with their developing a system of remembering and retrieving words. The Four
Steps help children build a memory trace. The first procedure, What's Missing?,
teaches children to study the word in detail, left to right. Mix and fix uses a
kinesthetic-tactile approach by having children construct the word out of magnetic
letters. Tracing on the table again engages tactile learning, and Write and Retrieve
helps children build automaticity with writing and remembering the word. The Four
Steps should be done in sequence because they utilize a gradual-release model of
learning. Watch me teach the sight word said using these four steps: