Learning sight words is an important part of learning to read.
Sight words are words of service. They are not meant to sound. Learning these words helps the reader maintain fluency in reading without getting caught up in the meaning.
I like the Dolch Sight word list, but there are many other lists available. I like to place them on cards of about 12cm x 6cm.
Use these cards for fun 30 FUN ACTIVITIES AND WORD GAMES
1. Play Warship with sight words on a grid with a partner or
as a class.
2. Play coin toss – words on the floor – children take turns to
Flip a coin over a word and say that word.
3. Have a box of small blanks mini cards or paper you can
buy a large post that has notes on these days (approx.
10 cm x 2 cm) by hand at all times so that children can
write words from word walls, graphics, etc. and later
return the card to your writing. It is also useful
write words when doing writing lectures.
4. Play who I am? for example, I am yellow, I have 5 letters and
end in ___.
5. make a letter tornado graphic with chalk on a cement
floor, children place their feet and hands on the letters
to spell words.
6. Words around the world in sight – blink a word – first player
say a word of that pair passes to the next person
to make a pair and another word flashes, etc., etc.
7. Play Executioner using the words from the word card.
8. How fast can you find a certain word recognizable by sight in individual
read books while reading in small groups.
9. Play domino using the same final letter / initial letter.
10. Circle the letters within the words using a whiteboard marker on
Laminated cards of easily recognizable words.
11. Play Chinese whispers – say a word – pass it on.
12. Circle the smallest words inside words using white board
marker on laminated word cards.
13. Children go out and practice writing their words with
chalk on concrete.
14. Practice handwriting tracing words using
Whiteboard marker on laminated cards of recognizable words.
15. Place the recognizable word cards in plain sight on alphabetical order.
sixteen. Flashlight words turn off the lights, light a torch
words on display to look at and say.
17. Children make their own word wall / dictionary using
photocopied small words recognizable to the eye and scrapbooks labeled with a
alphabet letter on each page … can be added to
throughout the year.
18. Play tic tac toe, here I go, where I stop I don’t know –
children say the word you stop at.
19. Cloze – children find the missing word
within a sentence.
20. Play musical words – children pass words in a
circulate until the music stops – that child says the word – can
be played with 1 or more words.
21. Come on, we have word walk / drive – find words in the environment –
22. make words using clay.
23. make words using glued thong.
24. Make words using letter tiles –scrabble pieces.
25. make words using templates.
26. make words using alphabet stamps.
27. make words using magnetic letters.
28. Play steps – place words on the ground and
the children walk on them saying the word while they go to search
across the stream.
29. Beat the clock – how many times can a word be written
in 1 minute, etc.
30. Children write their words in list form and then write
over words 2 or more times using different colors
create rainbow words.
There are many ways you can make teaching and learning sight words fun; I’m sure you can think of more too.