What do you do to motivate your students to memorize sight words?
My district uses Dolch words PP-3rd grade. To motivate my kiddos, my first grade team has an ice cream sundae party at the end of the year. Ticket into the party is mastery of PP-1st grade words at 90% or higher.
BUT - we motivate students to learn 2nd - 3rd lists too, by offering extra toppings.
PP - 1st list = ice cream
2nd list = chocolate, strawberry, or carmel sauce
3rd list = m&ms, cherry/whipped cream, nuts, or sprinkles
The kids LOVE it - 92% of my kiddos are at 2nd or 3rd grade level with Dolch sight words. I had a mom volunteer come every Tuesday for 1 hour. She read the words, made flash cards, & practiced (until she was reading those sight words in her sleep, I BET!).
I'm so proud of my firsties - check out these photos of today's event...