Did you know that about 75% of what we read is comprised of sight words? These free interactive sight word videos will aid in building this all-important reading foundation. It is imperative that kids master reading sight words with automaticity. There are tons of interactive educational videos to aid with teaching these all-important sight words. It is imperative that students commit these words to memory. The quicker they can recall these words when reading the more effortless reading becomes. Giving kids a list of words to recite over and over is just not the best way to get these tricky words to stick. However, add movement and music and something magical begins to happen!
Why are music and movement are important?
Ever notice that even as adults how quickly we can recall the lyrics of a song, including songs from our youth? Think about how quick children are to memorize fingerplays, chants, and rhymes. The use of a little music and movement makes these far more memorable! This same thing occurs for children when learning nearly anything. Just some simple movement and music act like educational glue for young learners. Below are a few of the more popular free videos for teaching sight words.
Jack Hartman has free interactive videos for teaching sight words and so much more! His collection of ‘Jump Out Words videos is great for adding movement while teaching sight words. There are 4 different videos or volumes for teaching 4 different sets of sight words. Kids do various movements like, roll their arms or twist, as they say, spell, say the words along with Jack throughout the videos. The movement switches up throughout the video.
Jack Hartmann’s Sight Word Rap collection is another fun and free way to practice sight words. The first time through students will spell and say the word with Jack. The second time they spell the word with Jack and then they say the word independently. The third time students will spell and say the word independently and then say the sight word three times for practice. Kids love the funky beats, and the opportunity to use silly voices while learning sight words with these free educational videos.
Have Fun Teaching also has some great free interactive music videos for teaching sight words. The catchy tunes paired with these videos make learning sight words entertaining! Have Fun Teaching presents sight words in a variety of ways to help keep kids from getting bored and extend their learning along the way! They have videos for individual sight words, videos with multiple sight words, and sight words used in sentences.
Primer Sight Word List – Includes all Primer Sight Words – The Videos Show the word, Spell the word, then follows up by using it in a sentence all to catchy music.
The individual sight word videos each repeat the word with fun music, then spell it repeatedly, and finally display and use it in a sentence. All with a pause for kids to repeat it with the music.
Harry Kindergarten has exciting Hip Sight Word Songs and Videos for the K-2 Classroom. He is a full-time Kindergarten teacher who knows how important Sight Words are for beginning readers. He is aware of what is required to entertain while teaching such eager minds and active bodies!
These energetic videos include a fun little mouse sidekick to cheer the kids on to fun music as they listen, repeat, and read the sight words. After a brief practice of several words, the words appear in a big speech bubble for kids to attempt to read on their own. ELF has 4 videos that include 25 sight words per video. I have added a small stuffed mouse as a mascot in my classroom to use with the videos. The kids get excited when ‘he’ comes out to ‘practice’ those important words!
These interactive sight word videos have a fun surprise built right into them! Students repeat the displayed sight words. Then, after so many sight words there’s a ‘surprise’! The word ‘dance’ pops up, and fun dance music plays so the kids can freestyle dance until the next word is displayed. A fun brain break is already included within this groovy sight word practice. Sight words are provided for grades Pre-K through First Grade. They also have a similarly styled video set that matches the Fry Sight Word Lists.
Want to add more consistent movement to your daily learning activities with the click of a mouse? Check out my Fluency & Fitness+ Program. It is a fun innovation of combining fluency practice with movement, the kiddos just love the surprising brain breaks within each ‘video’. It is an online subscription service that includes engaging videos with brain breaks already embedded! Fluency&Fitness+ includes task cards and another interactive piece called Fluency Find It! Students watch the slides and use a form, that is provided, to either ‘find’ the answer or to kick it up a level, write the answer. These activities are great for grades Pre-K through Second. They can easily be used for a refresher in Third Grade as well. Although the Fluency & Fitness+ membership is a paid program, you can sign up below to try a few videos for FREE!