Using Musical Songs to Increase Sight Word Fluency

Being a successful reader is a challenge that many students face today. Although teachers utilize many strategies, the lack of sight words, also known as high frequency words (HFW), limits their reading skill. HFW words must become automatic as they appear with high frequency in grade-level texts. The problem that teachers face is that many students fail to master these high frequency words as they progress through the grade levels. To help reduce this ongoing problem, this project presents seven units of lesson plans that integrate musical tunes found on YouTube to help students fluently read a critical set of HFW. The project focuses on the first 100 of the 1,000 HFW list appropriate for K-2nd grade students reading at or below basic level.