Last spring, just as the school year for many children, parents, and teachers was coming to a close, I added the last group of Dolch sight word flashcards to the website: flashcards for all 95 Dolch nouns. With the new school year in full swing, I wanted to supplement those flashcards with corresponding sets of Dolch sight word sentences (scroll to the bottom of the worksheets for this last set). Since these sentences correspond to the Dolch noun lists, they are are peppered with interesting names of people, places and things. Also, the nouns in these sentences are likely words that are very appealing to your child, such as flower, Christmas, birthday and cake, to name a few. This is a good time to explain that nouns are the names of people, places or things.
(There were so many Dolch nouns that I needed to split the list of sentences in half. This week I’m adding the sight word sentences that correspond to the first 48 Dolch nouns, and in two weeks I’ll add the sight word sentences that correspond to the remaining 47 Dolch nouns.)
To reinforce the concept of nouns with these sight words sentences, you can introduce several activities.
- As your child reads the sentences, ask him to point to the nouns that he just learned. After he discovers the nouns in each sentence, ask him to tell you if that word represents a person (father or farmer, for instance), a place (farm or hill), or a thing (bell or chair, for example).
- Write the words PEOPLE, PLACES, and THINGS on the top of three different sheets of blank paper. Then ask your child to read each sight word sentence, find the noun and then write that word on the correct piece of paper. Encourage him to look at the word in the sentence while he writes the word on the correct sheet of paper, so he can see the proper formation of each letter in the word.
- After your child reads each sight word sentence, encourage him to create his own sight word sentence using the Dolch noun he just learned. As he says aloud each sentence, write it down for him so he can see how each word looks when written.