I began by testing my students to determine what sight word lists they needed to practice. I found out that my students had mastered first grade dolch words, but had not quite learned all the second grade dolch words. To make the videos, I used some great powerpoints from this website. (The website also has some fantastic sight word flashcards.) I converted the powerpoint slides into individual jpegs. I uploaded the jpegs into Windows Movie Maker. I used the narration feature to record my voice saying the sight words. Then, I burned the videos to DVDs for my students to take home.
So far, my students have been really excited about watching the videos. I have already begun to see progress with their sight word identification. I am hoping to move to the third grade words soon.
Here is the video for the Second Grade Dolch Words:
Here is the video for the Third Grade Dolch Words:
I made very cheap cases for the DVD's by cutting file folders in half and then trimming them down to size. I tapped the edges using clear packaging tape and cut out a flap to securely fasten the case.
If parental involvement is holding your students back, I strongly recommend giving these videos a try. They have really allowed my students to take ownership of their own learning, which they have fully embraced!
How do you compensate for a lack of parental involvement?