I have to say, most of my students come into my classroom already knowing the majority of their sight words. Our kindergarten team does a great job making sure the students know the words and most parents really have their students practice at home. (private school problems!)
However, between summer break and those students coming from other schools, a sight word review is needed.
At the beginning of the year, I assess all students on their sight word knowledge. Last year I took the time to make a Powerpoint presentation so the students didn't have to flip through pages or index cards.
I timed it so students had enough time to see and identify the word. Having even set intervals helped me stay consistent in assessing all students. It also forced those students who wanted to rush through like it was a race.
Once I gathered the information, I explained to the student about Karate Sight Words.
The first 300 Dolch sight words were divided into 5 belts. The white belt is the pre-primer words, the yellow belt is the primer words, etc.
I wanted the students to earn their black belt in sight words, so for the green, brown and black belts I used Fry phrases. It allows those students who already know most of their sight words to participate and keep the words fresh in their brains!
Each belt is divided into several smaller tests, so students don't have to practice the entire set. Way too overwhelming!
Every Friday, the students are assessed on their particular set of words. They color in a circle when they complete a test. You could easily add this page to a data binder if you are required to use one. In my class, I put these sheets in the student's DOT Binder so the parents can see what level their child is working on and when the student passes a test.
Once a students earns their black belt, I announce it to the whole class and we celebrate! It's a big accomplishment for these students. It also motivates some students to work a little harder to get there.
There is also a tracking sheet for the teacher to easily identify what level for each child.
Sight word cards and phrases are include too!
Feedback from other teachers who have used this has been phenomenal!