Pop Phrases! Building Sight Word Fluency

I have to tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with sight words. It’s great to see my students learn so many in one year (most if them).  I love all of the different activities you can do to help students learn them.  I hate when a student can read the word in isolation, but then once you put it in a sentence, they give you a look like it’s a word from outer space.  

Pop Phrases

Anywho, it is my job to teach them and I do.  I introduce five words a week as a class, but each students works with their own list during Daily 5.  You can read more about how they are individualized here.

It worked great last year, and now I am adding a fluency piece.

Pop Phrases

I made fluency strips that coordinate with the sight word lists that each student has in their Daily 5 box.



I  hang these in my classroom for them to practice.  Students have the option to grab a set during read to self or read to someone time.


I also wanted something they could practice at home or as an early finisher activity.  So I took those same phrases and put them all on one page for them to read.

pop paper 4

You can get Pop Phrases on my website, or my TPT Store.


If you are interested in my sight words individualized program, you can find it on my website or my TPT store.


These are all based on Dolch words.  Do you have a specific list that you teach from?  I would love to hear your sight word tricks and tips.



  1. Loving your 'Pop' program for the Dolch Words. In the picture you show the phrases on a ring using a color paper along with a matching word chart for students to study. Do you have the word chart available in another packet?
    Thank you for creating such USEFUL products.

  2. Hi Kathy, yes those are part of the Popcorn Word Assessment Tools that is also pictured in the above post. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong! When I click below for the item I click on the photo. Then all I get is the photo on another page. What am I missing? I don't see any other links.

  4. Hi Dena, I think that I got the link fixed. Try it out and let me know if it does not work. Thanks for your patience.

  5. Still only goes to photo on another page.

  6. Okay, I think i've got it worked out now. Thanks for your patience 🙂

  7. OMG this POP sight word program you have is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel you pain with sight words and I was looking to structure this same idea this year. You have saved me. Thank you this is excellent.
    You area an amazing teacher my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Hello. I just purchased the assessment pack and the pop sight word, both look AMAZING! I was wondering how you handle when more than one student needs the word cards. I'm thinking I need to make like 5 copies of each set so that there will be enough for each group who is doing this during D5. thoughts?
    Thank you,

  9. Hi Robin, thanks for your interest in these. I have made a set of 20 cards for the assessment pack, and I have 20 cards. Honestly, I think for me I could have done 10 each. My kids are always at different levels, so they don't all need the same card at the same time. For the pop phrases, I made two sets of each color. My students read the pop phrase during D5 and they do it during read to self or buddy, so 2 sets has been a perfect number. I hope that helps and makes sense.

  10. Sight words are really helpful in teaching kids how to read.

  11. Do you allow your kiddos to read directly from the card listing in order or do you use flash cards to assess them?

    1. Renee Dooly says:

      I have entered each word list into ESGI, and online assessment tool that are school uses. It enables me to track their progress.

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