4 days 7 hours ago
A common SIPPS question is: Where do the sight words come from? SIPPS Beginning The sight words in SIPPS Beginning Level were carefully selected from the 1,000 most frequent words in school material compiled by Carroll, Davies, and Richman (American Heritage Word Frequency Book, 1971). Beginning Level sight words include both irregularly spelled words and very high-frequency regularly spelled...
1 week 2 days ago
Facilitating choral student responses throughout all aspects of a SIPPS lesson is critical to student success. Sounds easy enough, right? While it is easy to say, if you are like me, perhaps you have encountered some difficulties in generating choral responses. Before sharing some tips, let’s take a moment to consider the rationale for choral responses. The SIPPS instructional routines are...
4 weeks 2 days ago
The DSC IT Team is constantly compiling data and gathering questions from teachers who are using SIPPS in the classroom.   As a result of your feedback, we have updated the SIPPS Assessment Tool App to address your concerns.   Updates to get excited about: Student progress chart Student detail page Group detail page   Added feature:  Print reports option for iPad and Galaxy... (1)
4 weeks 4 days ago
In earlier posts, I shared some ideas about organizing general lesson resources in student folders and ideas for using the general guided spelling page during daily lessons, but what about ideas for organizing lesson-specific pages? I like to print the lesson-specific resources prior to the week that I anticipate using them. I place these printed resources into sheet protectors and then organize... (2)
7 weeks 2 days ago
The SIPPS 3rd edition* includes so many wonderful print resources to support the teaching of daily lessons. These resources are housed on the DSC Learning Hub where they are sorted into general lesson resources and lesson specific resources. Some of the general resources include sight word dictionary pages, family letters, sound-spelling cards, mastery tests and the guided spelling page. Another...
8 weeks 3 days ago
The new calendar year always looks a bit different with regards to my teaching. During the first half of the school year, I administer the SIPPS placement test, gather other pertinent baseline data, form my instructional groups, begin teaching lessons, and administer the SIPPS mastery tests as outlined in the SIPPS program. But in January, I typically suspend my SIPPS groups for a few days so...
9 weeks 2 days ago
When I began teaching SIPPS lessons more than four years ago, I quickly realized that I needed a system to organize student materials. I tried several different systems and finally landed on the use of individual student folders. I invested in plastic folders since they are more durable and can be used from year to year. So what goes in these student folders? In the middle brads, I place...
12 weeks 2 days ago
Are you a SIPPS user looking for practical tips to make your SIPPS lessons more powerful and efficient? Then this is the blog series for you! Over the next few months, we will be posting new tips on a bi-weekly basis. Tips will focus on a variety of topics including management of instructional materials, ideas for eliciting choral student responses, ideas for determining student progress and... (5)
13 weeks 4 days ago
from Marni Kay
At Astatula Elementary we are grappling with this very question. This year we shifted the way we used SIPPS, moving from using the SIPPS program as an intervention to using it to support the foundational skills development at the primary grades. The goal was to provide strong, systematic instruction at the foundational skills level in the early grades to support the development of efficient... (7)
17 weeks 4 days ago
Every once in a while, I come across certain sight words that are extra challenging or confusing for students to remember: Words that students confuse with another because of visual similarities Words that students recognize for reading but continue to misspell in writing When I observe students having difficulty with sight words based on my observations and review of the SIPPS mastery test...
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