Ways to Practice Sight Words

Sight Word Cup Game
B brought a list of sight words home from school that he is supposed to practice each night. I knew we needed ways to practice sight words besides just reading the list. I made these games (using his word list) to make practicing the words more fun.
ways to practice sight words
Game 1 – Sight Word Sticks
Write the sight words on popsicle sticks. I also included a few “wild” sticks with Superhero names written on them (I chose Superheroes because that is what B is really interested in right now). Take turns drawing a stick and reading a word. If you can read the word, keep the stick. If you get a Superhero stick, keep it and go again. When the sticks are all drawn, the game is over. The person with the most sticks wins.
ways to practice sight words
Game 2 – Sight Word Flip
Write the sight words on the front of the pancakes. (Printable Pancake Template) On the back of some of the pancakes I drew a small star. Pick any pancake and read the word. If you read the word correctly, use the spatula and flip it over. If you see a star, go again. Keep the pancakes that you read and flip. The person with the most pancakes at the end, wins.
ways to practice sight words
Game 3 – Sight Word Tower
Write the sight words on small paper cups. Put the cups in a stack. Read the word on the top cup. If you read it correctly, use it to build your tower. Work together to read words and build as tall of a tower as you can without knocking it over.
ways to practice sight words
Game 4 – Sight Word Powerpoint

Put each sight word into a slide on a powerpoint presentation. I included a few sentences on the last slides just for a “bonus” round. Your child reads each word and pushes “enter” to get to the next word. This is a quick review that is similar to just reading the list, but includes a technology twist. B loves to use the computer so this was a fun challenge for him.

What I like about these games is that I can just keep adding to them each time a different list comes home. That way we are working on new words and still reviewing the ones he already knows.

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  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    JDaniel would love the Power Point.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Hannah @ Making Boys Men

    We’re just starting out with sight words, so thanks for some easy, but fun inspiration!

    October 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Jackie Higgins

    Great ideas. I love the sticks and how you integrated the superheroes. Richard Gentry actually talks about that in his book, Raising Confident Readers, his example is to use sports figures names (but he says use whatever your child is interested in). He suggests that kids are already learning to read those on sight anyway and later can use those words to learn about syllables, chunks, rhymes, etc. My son is more into superheroes like yours so I’m going to give this a go!

    October 5, 2012 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Anna J

    Where did you get the multi colored tongue depressors? Thank you for terrific ideas!

    March 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    Anna, I got them at Hobby Lobby. They have so many types of craft sticks.

    March 4, 2013 at 2:12 am
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