High frequency words vs. sight words????
Find out the difference between sight words and high frequency words as well as discover the top 300 words your students MUST be able to read instantly!
Sight word: A sight word is a word that doesn’t follow the rules of spelling and phonics. Students must memorize sight words because these words can’t be dedoded.
High frequency words: Students will encounter these words frequently in reading in writing. A high frequency word can be decoded using common word patterns. However, the phonics rules are sometimes at higher level skills that your kiddos may not be ready to tackle yet.
So, even though high frequency words can be decoded, young students need to learn to read them automatically without having to decode them one by one.
What’s really cool is that 65% of all English written language comes from only 300 words!
This makes it super important that our students learn to read these 300 high frequency words automatically. When students focus too much on trying to sound out words, comprehension and meaning break down.
Students must be able to recognize these words instantly for good reading fluency. Being able to accurately spell these words will also make a difference in writing progress.
Now we know that automatically being able to read the 300 most commonly used words will help with reading fluency, we can’t forget about decoding and phonics skills.
According to brain research, strong readers are really reading by sounds… even when they read a word instantly without thought. Students need to use their knowledge of letters and sounds while learning the high frequency words.
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Jen Bradshaw from Teacher KARMA