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January 25, 2016 Learning Sight Words the Fun Way! By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Sight words are high-frequency words. They are often called “popcorn” words because they “POP UP!” frequently in reading and writing. Most of these words (regardless of what you call them) are learned by sight and cannot be easily sounded out. By eliminating the need to decode these words, the reader is able to focus on those that are more difficult or less familiar. These engaging activities will help reinforce the recognition of these words, make your students better readers, and bring lots of fun and smiles to your classroom!

     

    Tic-Tac-Toe

    Here's a fun take on the old Tic-Tac-Toe game using sight words. To play, each student has to choose a sight word and repeatedly write the word in a tic-tac-toe grid. Each time they write the word, they have to read it too. The first person to write down and read three in a row is the winner! Use this Tic-Tac-Toe template to start the fun in your classroom!

     

    Scavenger Hunt

    This is a super-quick activity that two can play together. To play the Scavenger Hunt game, prepare a template with twelve sight words written on it. Next, write the same words on twelve sticky notes and attach each note on top of the matching word. Taking turns and working in pairs, one child takes the clipboard and hides the sticky note words around the class. When finished, the hider hands the clipboard with just the word template to the partner who then hunts for the words. As the sight words are found, they are placed directly on top of the matching word. When the hunter is finished, the clipboard is ready to go for the next team.

    Remind the students to say the word at the time they find it. I like that students work in pairs because if one student doesn’t recognize a word, the other can help. Please feel free to use my Scavenger Hunt template with your students.

     

    Shaving Cream

    This one has to be the easiest game of them all! The added bonus: your classroom will be clean and smell wonderful when the kids are done! Put a little shaving cream in front of each student and have them practice spelling their sight words on the table or desk with the shaving cream. This works well in a small group or center, doesn’t require any prep, and is easy on the wallet. 

     

    Building Towers

    The Towers game is simple and easy, and what child doesn’t love building? To prepare, write sight words with a black Sharpie or print labels with sight words and then tape each word to a plastic cup. The students build towers with the cups as they read each word. When they are done playing (or when the cups crash), have them read each sight word again as they stack and put away the cups.

     

    Star Wars Smash

    Everyone loves a superhero! When these guys show up in your classroom, the kids are going to be so excited!! To get started, write sight words on folded index cards or cardstock. When the kids come to this center, they will need to place all of the cards on a table and pick a superhero of their liking. Each child takes a turn reading a sight word and then, if they are correct, they get to “SMASH” it with their superhero figurine. After they have smashed a word, they get to keep the card and at the end of the game, the student who has smashed the most words wins! 

     

    Word Wall

    A Word Wall is a must in the classroom, regardless of grade. The Word Wall serves as an anchor for the sight words students learn throughout the year. In my classroom, I introduce two or three words a week. We do lots of activities with our new words and practice writing them all week long. At the end of the week, we “graduate” these sight words to our Word Wall where they will remain for the students to access them for the rest of the year. We go back to, and read and review our Word Wall words often.

    In writing, I have one very important rule: if the word is up on the Word Wall, my students must spell it correctly in their writing. We talk a lot about the tools we have in our classroom that can help us be better readers and writers, and our Word Wall is by far, one of the most important and frequently used tool that we have. And my favorite tool to create all of my Word Wall words is right here at the Word Workshop.

     

    Reading Sight Words in Text

    Sight Word Readers is an excellent resource for kids to build reading skills and gain confidence to become better readers. This set of books teaches the 50 most commonly used words in print, and my students absolutely LOVE them! When we finish our sight word activities, I pass out a stack of these books to each table, and the kids have so much fun (and feel so proud) as they independently read. When they are done with their storybooks, they just put their copy back into the center of the table and grab another title to read. Sight Word Readers are on sale right now and you can add 25 new books to your classroom library for only $14.29.

     

    Instant Sight Word Centers

    File Folder Games in Color: Sight Words offers an engaging and fun way to reinforce the learning of sight words in your classroom. There are ten ready-to-go games, and all you have to do is cut and paste into file folders for instant fun and learning. What I love best about these games is that the kids are having so much fun playing, that they don’t even realize they are learning. These games are also a wonderful resource to have your volunteers use when they are helping out in your classroom. 

    Please read my fellow Top Teaching bloggers' posts for more ideas on teaching sight words:

    "Tips for Teaching High Frequency and Sight Words"

    "Tips for Teaching Sight Words and High-Frequency Words"

    I’d love to hear all about your favorite sight word activities. Please take a moment to comment and share photos for all to learn from and enjoy. Thank you so much! :)

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your kiddos, and I’ll see you here next time!

    Hugs,

    Shari 

    Some of the products in this blog post were provided to the blogger by Scholastic for her review and suggested use.

     

     

     

     

    Sight words are high-frequency words. They are often called “popcorn” words because they “POP UP!” frequently in reading and writing. Most of these words (regardless of what you call them) are learned by sight and cannot be easily sounded out. By eliminating the need to decode these words, the reader is able to focus on those that are more difficult or less familiar. These engaging activities will help reinforce the recognition of these words, make your students better readers, and bring lots of fun and smiles to your classroom!

     

    Tic-Tac-Toe

    Here's a fun take on the old Tic-Tac-Toe game using sight words. To play, each student has to choose a sight word and repeatedly write the word in a tic-tac-toe grid. Each time they write the word, they have to read it too. The first person to write down and read three in a row is the winner! Use this Tic-Tac-Toe template to start the fun in your classroom!

     

    Scavenger Hunt

    This is a super-quick activity that two can play together. To play the Scavenger Hunt game, prepare a template with twelve sight words written on it. Next, write the same words on twelve sticky notes and attach each note on top of the matching word. Taking turns and working in pairs, one child takes the clipboard and hides the sticky note words around the class. When finished, the hider hands the clipboard with just the word template to the partner who then hunts for the words. As the sight words are found, they are placed directly on top of the matching word. When the hunter is finished, the clipboard is ready to go for the next team.

    Remind the students to say the word at the time they find it. I like that students work in pairs because if one student doesn’t recognize a word, the other can help. Please feel free to use my Scavenger Hunt template with your students.

     

    Shaving Cream

    This one has to be the easiest game of them all! The added bonus: your classroom will be clean and smell wonderful when the kids are done! Put a little shaving cream in front of each student and have them practice spelling their sight words on the table or desk with the shaving cream. This works well in a small group or center, doesn’t require any prep, and is easy on the wallet. 

     

    Building Towers

    The Towers game is simple and easy, and what child doesn’t love building? To prepare, write sight words with a black Sharpie or print labels with sight words and then tape each word to a plastic cup. The students build towers with the cups as they read each word. When they are done playing (or when the cups crash), have them read each sight word again as they stack and put away the cups.

     

    Star Wars Smash

    Everyone loves a superhero! When these guys show up in your classroom, the kids are going to be so excited!! To get started, write sight words on folded index cards or cardstock. When the kids come to this center, they will need to place all of the cards on a table and pick a superhero of their liking. Each child takes a turn reading a sight word and then, if they are correct, they get to “SMASH” it with their superhero figurine. After they have smashed a word, they get to keep the card and at the end of the game, the student who has smashed the most words wins! 

     

    Word Wall

    A Word Wall is a must in the classroom, regardless of grade. The Word Wall serves as an anchor for the sight words students learn throughout the year. In my classroom, I introduce two or three words a week. We do lots of activities with our new words and practice writing them all week long. At the end of the week, we “graduate” these sight words to our Word Wall where they will remain for the students to access them for the rest of the year. We go back to, and read and review our Word Wall words often.

    In writing, I have one very important rule: if the word is up on the Word Wall, my students must spell it correctly in their writing. We talk a lot about the tools we have in our classroom that can help us be better readers and writers, and our Word Wall is by far, one of the most important and frequently used tool that we have. And my favorite tool to create all of my Word Wall words is right here at the Word Workshop.

     

    Reading Sight Words in Text

    Sight Word Readers is an excellent resource for kids to build reading skills and gain confidence to become better readers. This set of books teaches the 50 most commonly used words in print, and my students absolutely LOVE them! When we finish our sight word activities, I pass out a stack of these books to each table, and the kids have so much fun (and feel so proud) as they independently read. When they are done with their storybooks, they just put their copy back into the center of the table and grab another title to read. Sight Word Readers are on sale right now and you can add 25 new books to your classroom library for only $14.29.

     

    Instant Sight Word Centers

    File Folder Games in Color: Sight Words offers an engaging and fun way to reinforce the learning of sight words in your classroom. There are ten ready-to-go games, and all you have to do is cut and paste into file folders for instant fun and learning. What I love best about these games is that the kids are having so much fun playing, that they don’t even realize they are learning. These games are also a wonderful resource to have your volunteers use when they are helping out in your classroom. 

    Please read my fellow Top Teaching bloggers' posts for more ideas on teaching sight words:

    "Tips for Teaching High Frequency and Sight Words"

    "Tips for Teaching Sight Words and High-Frequency Words"

    I’d love to hear all about your favorite sight word activities. Please take a moment to comment and share photos for all to learn from and enjoy. Thank you so much! :)

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your kiddos, and I’ll see you here next time!

    Hugs,

    Shari 

    Some of the products in this blog post were provided to the blogger by Scholastic for her review and suggested use.

     

     

     

     

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