Using Sight Words in Verbal Expression: Lesson for Students with Diverse Needs

Using Sight Words in Verbal Expression: Lesson for Students with Diverse Needs
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To check for mastery of vocabulary, it is necessary to evaluate whether or not students can express themselves with their new words. This specific sight word lesson plan is focused on student’s social integration skills and reproduction in the form of verbal expression.

Day 5: Lesson Plan


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the sight words: many, jump, want & long.
  • Reproducing information: Language skills.
  • Improving social interaction and verbal expression.


  • Sentences or stories written by students in previous lesson
  • Rubric (see below)

Lesson Procedure:

1. Introduction: clap, stomp and sound it out spelling activity without students being able to see words on the board. Ask them to spell by visualizing the word in their memory.

2. Use words to describe each sight word to students and have them guess which word you are describing. Then use actions and mimics and have the students guess which word is being described.

3. With a partner or in small groups, have students repeat the previous activity amongst themselves using words and actions.

4. Using the sentences that students wrote in yesterday’s activity, have students come to the front of the class and read their sentences to the rest of the class. To see rubric used for assessing this activity, see below.


Use this rubric as a beginning teaching tool for oral presentations. Using the rubric throughout the school year will help students see their progress in this area.

0 Does not participate 0 Does not participate 0 Does not participate 1 Speaks to softly, audience unable to hear 1 Stares down at paper & makes no eye contact 1 Sentences/Story are not organized or have no coherent sequence 2 Speaks in medium voice, not projecting well 2 Makes some eye contact with audience 2 Sentences/story are fairly organized or have average coherence 3 Projects well so that audience is able to hear and understand. 3 Makes frequent eye contact with audience and shows confidence 3 Sentences/Story show strong organization skills and have excellent coherence.

Total: ______/9

Download the Rubric Here.

This week’s comprehensive unit has focused on many areas of your students’ development. Continuing to organize your weekly plans and units in this manner is a way you can assure that your students’ needs are being met and that they are mastering specific concepts!


  • Photo by Tricia Wegman

This post is part of the series: Teaching Sight Words to Students with Diverse Needs

This unit includes five lessons to teach students the sight words many, jump, want and long. Teach students using multisensory activities for a holistic approach.

  1. Teaching Sight Words Unit: Introduce and Explore the Words Many, Jump, Want & Long
  2. Day 2: Explore Sight Words: Integrating, Organizing & Memorizing
  3. Day 3: Improve Word Processing Speed with Activities
  4. Day 4: Learning Sight Words Through Written Expression
  5. Day 5: Using Sight Words in Verbal Expression