Here are some more activities you can use to teach the word “the” or other Sight Words. After using “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” song/poem it’s time to do some Shared Writing. Use a large piece of lined chart paper or even a large piece of light colored construction paper. Tell the students they will be helping you write the new word they have been learning “the“! Start by writing the with a colored marker and drawing a simple picture next to it. Point first to the word and then to the picture reading it aloud. Have the children read it with you. Continue writing “the” (using a different colored marker each time) with additional pictures (see example) After 3 or 4 words and pictures, invite a student to come up and write the word “the”. If necessary, lightly trace the letters t-h-e so the student can trace over it with a colored marker. Continue this process with other students “sharing the pen” until you have 8 phrases. Keep pointing to the words and pictures as you read and build the chart. This is the beginning lesson in “finger matching” and is something you will want your students to begin to do!
I like to prepare the paper seen here ahead of time and have it printed and ready to go home the day we do our Shared Writing. I use the exact same pictures in the same order as the prepared sheet so the children will be successful reading this at home….since we practiced it a LOT during the Shared Writing experience. You can find this paper on our FREEBIES page.
Select a picture to write about: Ex. dog by a tree. (Draw the picture or use a real photo.)
Ask the students, “Tell me about the dog.” Record their answers.
Examples: The dog has spots. The dog has 4 legs. The dog is by the tree.
Have different children circle the word “the” whenever it occurs in a sentence.
Have them draw a picture of a dog in their journal or on paper.
Students may select a sentence to copy or write their own. Remember “the” must be in the sentence.
Writing Class Book and/or individual activity “THE BOOK” Students draw a picture of something and label it. Students cut out work and glue it onto a page of a class book or give them a paper to just draw 4 things and label in the same manner.
THE Game! Here is a game you can use at a center to continue to reinforce the word “the” and finger matching while reading a word and picture.
Use THE Bag or a small container for holding the word cards.
Place picture/word cards in THE BAG to play THE Game.
Students reach in bag and pull out a card. They read it and keep it. However, 5 cards in the bag have a picture of THE SPIDER. If you get a spider, you lose one card and back into the bag it goes!
After all cards have been drawn, students count their cards….even their spider cards! (A side benefit of this game is it introduces addition and subtraction.) Say and count as THE game is being played.
Example: “How many do you have now? OK, great!” OR “Oops! That spider made one less. Now how many do you have?” Do not do this on every turn but once in while during the game! (Find this FREEBIE on our FREEBIES page!)
Well, THE week is over and your students have experienced a LOT of great literacy building activities….and they learned their first sight word the! Now on to more and more words!
Jackie & Kylene