What Are Sight Words?
The importance of learning sight words is that it will help your child’s reading accuracy and fluency. Sight words are the most common words found in reading. They appear on almost every page in a book; especially in early reader books.
It is important for beginning readers to practice reading sight words. They usually don’t follow any phonics rules which means that kids will not be able to “sound them out”.Having this instant or automatic recall of sight words helps early or beginning readers develop into smooth and efficient readers.
The fun part of teaching sight words is that kids can learn the words by playing a variety of games. The more exposures to the words the quicker they will learn them and be able to identify them in books. All you need is a list of sight words, some dedicated parent/child time to review and some activities to make the learning fun.
9 Sight Word Games for Kids
Fly Swatter Game – Using a blank BINGO card, add some of the sight words. Give your child a fly swatter (or something similar) and when you read a sight word, have them “swat” the word. Parent advisory, kids are going to really hit the word, so stand back and try not to laugh! When I taught Kindergarten and first grade, I played a variation of this game where 2 children raced to “swat” the word on the whiteboard. Flying fly swatters!
Roll a Sight Word – Child rolls a die and then finds a word from the master list of sight words with the same number of letters that came up on the die. Child can write the word on a piece of paper or just say the word. Add some fun to the activity by allowing the child to say the word with some voice changes (yell, whisper) or allow them to do an action (stand up, turn around) while they tell you the word Be creative and have fun.
Sight Word Writing – Draw the sight word in play dough, sand or salt with a pencil, spoon or a finger. Young children love to “sweep” the word away with a small paintbrush. Another variation is to write the words on a blackboard with a paintbrush using water. After writing the words they can be brushed away or will evaporate (a Science lesson too!)
Sight Word Magnet Race – Cut out the sight words and add a paperclip. Spread the sight words on different surfaces and use a magnet under the surface to move the sight words. Two people can race to move a sight word across the paper to a finish line.
Memory– Make 2 copies of the sight words, cut them out and choose 10-12 words. Taking both copies off the word, turn them over and have your child keep turning over cards until a sight word match is made. This can be done taking turns or the child can do the game by themselves.
Sight Word Jars – Make 1 copy of the sight words and cut them into slips ad put them in a jar or dish. Choose a word and ask your child to find the word and say the name aloud.
Find the Sight Word -When reading with your child, have them find sight words in the book. Once they notice the word, they can make a special movement (touch nose, hand up) Finding sight words in books helps kids see the connection between reading and oral language. I
Sight Word Basketball – Ask your child to read a certain number of sight words (# is your choice). When they read the words then allow then to shoot a basket. No, you don’t have a real hoop. Anything that is unusual will do. Throwing a pair of socks into a laundry basket works great.
Simple Sight Word Bingo – Create sight word BINGO cards by adding sight words to the BINGO card template (DLTK’s Custom Bingo Cards). Print out sight word BINGO cards by using the word list below and the DLTK site and you have free, simple to make cards that can be randomized for multiple cards. B-I-N-G-O !
Dolch Sight Word List has them all!
The Dolch Sight word list includes the most common 220 words and 95 nouns encountered in children’s books. The Dolch word list resource below is organized a few different ways: Alphabetically by grade, by frequency by grade, and in some cases by frequency combined. This provides you with several different ways to conduct Dolch word list practice in your classroom or at home. The Dolch Website has many activities to use in your classroom or at home.
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