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Digging Up Words from the Newspaper

Blanche Peaden
Santa Rosa District Schools


Can your students recognize and read sight words in print formats other than checklists? In this lesson students demonstrate their current knowledge of sight words by scanning the local newspaper to locate sight words. They then create and read sentences to the teacher. This activity reinforces use of sight words in print format other than in lists. This lesson follows lessons on sight word identification.


Identify and locate oral, print, or visual information for specified purposes.

Interpret and use oral, print, or visual information for specified purposes.


-Teacher-made checklist of sight words that student knows
-3 x 5 cards with a sight word printed on each
-Overhead projector
-Overhead transparencies of checklist of sight words and sentences you write from your checklist
-Scoring rubric for teacher (see associated file)
-Pencil and paper for each student


1. Make checklist of sight words learned by each student.
2. Gather one newspaper article for each student and one for yourself.
3. Use a newspaper article and circle at least twenty sight words with which your students are familiar.
4. Print circled sight words from teacherís newspaper article in a list and on 3 x 5 cards.
5. Use circled sight words to make three sentences.
6. Prepare overhead transparencies of your list of sight words and your sentences.


Note: Students should have an adequate sight word vocabulary in place before beginning this activity.

1. Ask students: Can anyone read all the words from the list of sight words displayed on the overhead projector screen?

2. Review the sight words by reading them aloud and having the class repeat them after you. Then have the class read them in unison. Call on a student to read the words. Then call on other students to read the words.

3. Inform students that they will use their sight words from a checklist to circle those words in a newspaper article.

4. Distribute newspaper articles and the sight word checklist.

5. Have students locate their sight words in a newspaper article and circle them. Circulate and provide feedback as the students work.

6. Ask students to make a list of at least twenty sight words circled in their newspaper articles.

7. Use 3 x 5 sight word cards to model sentences on a chalk tray. Review the concept that a sentence expresses a complete thought.

8. Display the three sentences that you have written using the list of sight words that you found in your newspaper article. Ask for volunteers to read your sentences. Review what makes a complete sentence.

9. Instruct students to write three sentences using a minimum of three sight words in each sentence. Remind them to write complete sentences.

10. Assess student accuracy and understanding by checking off their sight word lists to be sure there are twenty words from the newspaper and having them read their sentences to you. Provide corrective feedback as needed.

11. If a student cannot complete the activity, work one on one with them to develop understanding. When student is comfortable with the procedure, have them repeat the activity and reassess for accuracy.


Formatively assess student ability to identify and locate twenty sight words in newspaper articles.

Formatively assess student ability to interpret and use print information. Check accuracy as students read three sentences that they have written. Each sentence must include a minimum of three of the sight words they located.

A rubric will be used to assess a studentís success with this lesson. (See attached file.)

Attached Files

Rubric for Sight Word Lesson.     File Extension: pdf

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