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.
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.
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.
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.
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.