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Top 15 Sight Word Games and Activities

May 13, 2008
High frequency words or sight words are important in the reading process. Sight knowledge of these words helps the reader to maintain fluency and to not get caught up on the meaning or spelling of these words. These words are not meant to be sounded out, but learned just by sight.

I like the Dolch Sight Word List, but there are many other lists available. Sight word cards are an essential part of your Teacher Resources kit. Pop them onto cards about 12cm x 6cm. Then use these cards to enjoy some of the following sight word games and activities with your children.

1. Play the Battleships game as a whole class or with a partner. Place the words on a grid instead of the battleships.

2. Scatter the sight words onto the floor. A button or coin is tossed onto the words. Children shout out the word that the button lands on.

3. Have a box of small blank mini cards or paper - you can purchase great sized post it notes these days (approx 10cm x 2 cm) on hand at all times so that children can write down words from word walls, charts, books and then take the card back to their writing. It is also handy to write words on when doing writing conferences.

4. Play who am I? - I am yellow, I have 5 letters, and I end in the letter t.

5. Children have a great time playing these types of sight word games. Play twister using a letter chart drawn with chalk on the concrete. Children spell out the sight words using their legs and arms.

6. Children make their own word wall / dictionary using photocopied small words and scrapbooks labeled with a letter of the alphabet on each page... can be added to throughout the year

7. Play Hangman using the sight words.

8. How quickly can you find a certain word in individual reading books during small group reading.

9. Use your laminated sight word cards to play dominoes with the same end letter - beginning letter.

10. Circle letters within words using whiteboard marker on laminated word card.

11. As a class or in small groups, play the game - Chinese Whispers - one child picks a word card, looks at it and whispers it around the circle. Last person has to find the card with that word on it.

12. Using erasable marker pens, children find different phonic blend such as wh, ee, ay within the laminated words.

13. Practice writing sight words with different colored chalk on concrete outside.

14. Use the laminated sight words for handwriting activities. Children trace over the words with the whiteboard pen.

15. Order the sight word cards alphabetically.

Sight word cards can be used for so much more than just look and say sessions. Keep a laminated set of words as part of your essential teacher resources. I have used them for impromptu lessons, as well as planned and sight word games have always been a part of my weekly language group planning.

Grab your set of sight words and have fun!
About the Author
Donna is a retired early years teacher with a passion for creating hands-on quality educational resources. Check out 86 more ideas for sight word games and general hands-on printable teacher resources at her early years Teacher Resources website.
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