The purpose of this action research project was to determine if combining phonics and memorized vocabulary words into the reading instruction for Tier 2 students would increase fluency speed. For six weeks the researcher introduced Dolch sight words according to grade level to Tier 2 students. This was done in addition to the typical phonics instruction done in the general education classroom and Tier 2 resource room. At the beginning of each week students were given a list of 20 new vocabulary words. Throughout the week, students were asked to use these words in sentences, find them in books, and practice them using sensory activities, such as sand and shaving cream writing. Data was collected through quantitative testing done weekly to show students’ increase in memorized vocabulary. It was also done through quantitative testing using the Curriculum Based Measure and STAR Reading tests.