The Best Sight Word Videos that will Engage Every Student (2024)

Videos are a truly engaging way to teach and reinforce skills that require a ton of repetition and practice to master. When I think lots of repetition: I think SIGHT WORDS. Can we ever have enough practice? I rounded up the best sight word videos so that you don’t have to!

Quickly recognizing and reading sight words and high frequency words is such an important skill for new readers. The most common 100 sight words make up 50% of any text! For our new readers, that percentage is much, much higher.

Teaching sight words and high frequency words can be challenging because it requires so much repetition. We practice and practice (and practice some more), and even then, some students still don’t quite grasp it.

Then one day, as if a switch has been turned on, they remember them! It’s kind of a magical process. 🦄

But I know it can be exhausting (and frustrating), too. These videos are meant to supplement other sight word instruction to add another layer to your instruction. No matter what list you use, there are videos here to help you out. 👏

Note: Did you know there is a difference between sight words and high frequency words? You can read more about that here!

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The BEST Sight Word Videos for the Classroom

Miss Molly’s Sight Word Videos Playlist

I think of Miss Molly as the queen of sight word videos. ? This playlist has SEVENTY ONE sight word songs! 😳🥳

Each one covers a different sight word. Each video says the word and spells it several times. It also puts the word into several sentences with visuals.

I especially love these videos because the music is very calming so it won’t hype kids up. 😅 Miss Molly is a go-to for me in my classroom!

Heidi Songs Sight Word Videos Playlist

Like Miss Molly, Heidi Songs has a ton of sight word videos. This playlist has 32 sight words songs that students enjoy to sing and dance along with.

The videos spell the word, say the word alone and in a sentence several times. There are fun actions that go along with the words and they are very catchy. (So catchy, you may find yourself lying awake at night with them running through your head. 🤪)

Meet the Sight Words

Preschool Prep Company has several sight word videos on YouTube that my students really enjoy. The one I have linked is a 30 minute video that I show in pieces as we learn new words in my classroom. It introduces and reinforces several of the most common sight words.

Each word has a short video that lasts about 45 seconds. The letters of the word make up part of the picture and are characters in the shorts story. While the word is said over and over again, it is never spelled out verbally or put into a sentence.

I build understanding by asking my students why the word is doing that action or in that place. In that way, this video is more of an interactive experience in my classroom.

For example, the word “play” is playing baseball. Students can make the connection between the word and what it is doing. I also ask them to look at the word and spell it.

The Sight Word Song

Harry Kindergarten’s sight word song is a favorite for many. The song is catchy, it spells the word and reads it.

This song covers many of the most common sight words so students get the repetition that will help them memorize the words. My kids love, love, love to sing along with this song.

New Sight Words with Jack Hartmann

This Jack Hartmann videos shows the letters, says them and then says the word. It pauses the second time through so that students have the chance to read the word on their own.

Kids love this silly video and it’s catchy tune. They will have the words in it memorized in no time!

Sight Word Rap with Jack Hartmann

This Jack Hartmann video is similar to the previous one but with a different tune and different words! He says the letters and then reads the words. It says the word several times as the word flashes on the screen giving great repetition.

If you students are like mine, they will think Jack Hartmann “rapping” is HILARIOUS and super silly. They’ll also pick it up really quick and rap it back and forth to each other. 😅

Kindergarten High Frequency Words

I think this video is a.dor.a.ble. It is a teacher made video with students reading a word and then saying it in a sentence. The words are on the screen as well so students can see them.

My students LOVE hearing other kids reading to them. The first time we watched this video, they were in awe. When I told them we could make a video just like it, they were super excited.

We made our own video in the spring once we had a good handle on many sight words. Each student chose a word and created a simple sentence for them. I typed each word and sentence on it’s own slide in a powerpoint.

If you want to make a video like this, it is really easy! All you have to do is create a powerpoint, video the powerpoint and let the students read the words.

This list of videos includes many of my student’s favorite videos as well as channels that have tons of videos for individual sight words. Did I include your favorite? Let me know below! 👇

Do you need hands on practice for your students, too? I know the lists of words and number that need to be memorized varies hugely from district to district and from state to state.

That’s why I created this super magical resource! These Editable Sight Word Printables can be customized to any list without any formatting or special fonts downloaded. All you do is type your words and 10 different activities are immediately generated! Like I said: magical! 🦄

The Best Sight Word Videos that will Engage Every Student (2024)


The Best Sight Word Videos that will Engage Every Student? ›

Use tactile materials like sand, playdough, or textured cards to form sight words. Encourage your child to say the letters aloud as they trace or write the words. Engage in sight word activities that involve movement, such as jumping on letter cards to spell sight words.

What is the fastest way to teach sight words? ›

5 Ways to Make Learning Sight Words Easier for Your Kids
  1. Tip 1: Expose your child to sight words early on.
  2. Tip 2: Make read-alouds more interactive.
  3. Tip 3: Engage all of their senses.
  4. Tip 4: Sort sight words into categories.
  5. Tip 5: Read and play with sight words daily.
May 17, 2021

How can I make my sight words more fun? ›

Here are fun ways to teach sight words, ensuring that your kids or students will look forward to their sight word practice.
  1. Sight Word Online Games.
  2. Sight Word Bingo.
  3. Sight Word Worksheets.
  4. Sight Word Fishing.
  5. Memory Match Activity.
  6. Word Building Blocks.
  7. Sight Word Songs.
  8. Word Jump.
Jan 29, 2024

How to get your child to remember sight words? ›

Use tactile materials like sand, playdough, or textured cards to form sight words. Encourage your child to say the letters aloud as they trace or write the words. Engage in sight word activities that involve movement, such as jumping on letter cards to spell sight words.

How many sight words should a student learn in a year? ›

Some literacy experts like Tim Shanahan believe that kindergarteners should master 20 sight words by the end of kindergarten. The Dolch word list has 40 words listed for Pre-K students and some school districts require that kindergarteners learn 100 sight words by the end of the school year.

How do you build a sight word fluency? ›

By explicitly teaching sight words, you can help cement the words into students' memories. Use this three-part strategy, which starts with sound-letter mapping, then moves to a flashcard activity, and ends with other ways to keep reinforcing the sight words with repeated exposure.

Why do kids struggle with sight words? ›

When your child is learning sight words, their brain uses different kinds of memory. Visual Memory: Some children have trouble recognizing and remembering what words look like. This is called weak visual memory. It makes it hard for them to remember the shapes of sight words.

How do you teach sight words to ADHD? ›

Use pictures, symbols and colors to help reinforce the word. Adding fun activities like writing the words in shaving cream, in the sand, on a chalkboard, or using magnetic letters may be motivating for your young learner, and is a good way to help him feel the shape of the word.

What are the first sight words to teach? ›

Sight Words for first graders are the most common words that children come across. They are usually short words, such as the, and, of, to, you, and I. These are high-frequency words that appear in any English text very often. Knowing these words helps children to improve their reading fluency and comprehension skills.

Should sight words be memorized? ›

It makes sense to memorize sight words when (1) the words are unusual in their spelling patterns and/or (2) when a student does not yet know the decoding skills needed to take on that word successfully. Words like “with” can be very useful in a decodable text.

Why does my child keep forgetting sight words? ›

For some kids, remembering a sight word is easier if they connect it to a picture. Here's one way to do it: Write a practice word on two sides of an index card. On one side, you or your child can draw a picture right into the word (like drawing eyes inside the double o in the word look).

What is the heart method for sight words? ›

Heart words are a strategy to help your students memorise irregular parts of a sight word rather than the whole word. The words are often explicitly taught with a little heart above the part of the word that they need to learn 'by heart'.

What grade do sight words stop? ›

It is recommended that: The first 100 fry words, considered the most frequently occurring in the English language, should be mastered in Grade 1. The fry second 100 sight words should be mastered in 2nd Grade. The third 100 words should be mastered in Grade 3.

What are the IEP goals for sight words? ›

Example reading sight words in a story IEP goal: Given a story and verbal directive, student will read the given word in the story with 80% accuracy averaged weekly for 4 of 5 weeks as measured by teacher checklist. Sight word IEP goals are a great way to work on early reading skills.

How long does it take to learn sight words? ›

When Should Kids Learn Sight Words? Most children — not all! — begin to master a few sight words (like is, it, my, me, and no) by the time they're in Pre-K, around 4 years old. Then, during kindergarten, children are introduced to anywhere from 20 to 50 sight words, adding to that number each year.

How fast can you learn sight reading? ›

You become a better sight reader every time you practice. However, to make the most progress, there are some principles for sight reading practice that you should follow. If you follow these principles and sight read regularly, then you can learn to confidently sight read simple pieces within 6-12 months.

How many sight words should be taught a week? ›

Some students can read up to 5 per week, others do better with only 1-2 new words per week. If you have students who are struggling to learn these words, we recommend starting with the phonetically regular, high-frequency words (green lock words) first. You can grab our sight word/high-frequency words card deck here!

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