These Heart Word worksheets are a research-backed way to teach your students how to read high frequency words. Memorization of sight words does not always work as a method of teaching sight words, in fact, most sight words can actually be sounded out! The heart word method reminds students which tricky parts of a word must be ‘remembered by heart’. Hearts are used for both irregular and untaught sounds.
★★Blank sheets with no hearts/symbols are also included.
Aligned with the Science of Reading, these worksheets provide your students with the opportunity to practice reading sight words aloud, mapping the sounds they hear in sight words, graphing the sounds they hear in sight words and building sight words.
There are worksheets for:
a, about, after, again, air, all, also, always, am, America, an, and, animal, another, answer, any, are, around, as, ask, at, ate, away, back, be, because, been, before, best, better, big, black, blue, both, boy, bring, brown, but, buy, by, call, called, came, can, carry, change, clean, cold, come, could, cut, day, did, do, does, done, down, draw, drink, each, eat, eight, end, even, every, fall, far, fast, find, first, five, fly, follow, for, form, found, four, from, full, funny, gave, get, give, go, goes, going, good, got, great, green, grow, hand, had, has, have, he, help, her, here, him, his, hold, home, hot, house, how, hurt, i, if, in, into, is, it, its, jump, just, keep, kind, knew, know, land, large, laugh, learn, let, letter, light, line, let, like, little, live, long, look, made, make, man, many, may, me, means, men, more, most, mother, move, much, must, my, myself, name, need, never, new, nine, no, not, now, number, of, off, oil, old, on, once, one, only, open, or, other, our, out, over, own, page, part, people, pick, picture, place, play, please, point, pretty, pull, put, ran, read, red, ride, right, round, run, said, same, saw, say, see, set, seven, shall, she, should, show, sing, sit, six, sleep, small, so, some, soon, sound, spell, start, still, stop, study, such, take, tell, ten, than, thank, that, the, their, them, then, there, these, they, things, think, this, those, three, through, time, to, today, together, too, try, turn, two, under, up, upon, us, use, very, walk, want, warm, was, wash, water, way, we, well, went, were, what, when, where, which, white, with, who, why, will, wish, with, words, work, world, would, write, wrote, years, yellow, yes, you, your
- Helps to develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills
- Research-backed and aligned to the Science of Reading
- Each word is already hearted for your ease of instruction
- Caters to a variety of reading programs. Some words include multiple sheets with varying heart options due to differences in programs
- No-prep required
- A key is included
- Phonetically regular words are included too
- Includes a version with only digraphs underlined as well as a version that also has the irregular/untaught parts underlined.
What is the heart word method?
The heart word method of teaching high frequency words teaches students how to read sight words phonetically rather than memorize them. The strategy of memorization has been found to be ineffective in many cases. The heart word method teaches students how to decode words while drawing attention to irregular or untaught sounds using a heart. The heart is a reminder that this part of the word is tricky and must be remembered by heart.
Why do some phonetically regular sounds have a heart on top?
The heart is used for both irregular sounds and UNTAUGHT sounds that are unfamiliar to students. The heart is used to remind students that this is the component of the word that they must ‘remember by heart’. The regular sounds that are hearted are those that students most commonly will not know at their current level of learning.