Halfway through my first year, I was assigned a group of 1st grade girls. Up to this point, I was used to working with 3rd-5th graders. My plans for the girls were the same as my older kids - read a book and do some sort of writing with it plus a little word work. The girls were done in about 10 minutes. I still had 20 minutes to fill. The girls needed to work on sight words so I decided to make a dolch kit and practice sight words during our sessions too. Since I still had time left in my sessions, I made a simple sight word book template. I had the girls choose one sight word from their list that they struggled with and write a predictable book using that word.
Here is a small picture of the cover.
Sorry that these pics are sideways - I can't figure out how to make them the correct way! These are interior pages from a students book called "They had Animals". Her pages say things like "They had an elephant." "They had a cat." The girls were able to recall & retain the sight words they made books with. Within 2 months, they were discharged from AIS (academic intervention services). You can grab your free copy of my book template at my Teachers Notebook store!