As I am planning for all the fun winter activities ahead, I am reminded of those sight words. Kids seem to get tired of them so quickly, probably because we spend so much time on them. One thing that seems to get kids reengaged with sight words is offering them in a different theme (yes, we all know the snowman picture or picture of a Christmas tree does peak the interest).
I recently created a set of winter themed Pre Primer, Primer, and Grade 1 “flash cards” and am brainstorming some of the ways I am going to use them in my classroom. Here are 8 ways I might use them!
1. Flash cards on a ring- good old strategy- nothing new. I print them on cardstock, attach them to a ring and give the “focus” ones to students who need practice. What I also like to do is give them a sticker on the back of the card for each day they read it correctly. I buy those shiny star stickers that are cheap and easy to use. Once they have read the word enough times to have one of each color star (there are 5 colors), I add a new word. Again, introducing the winter theme ones seems to re-excite them about this process!
2.Word Wall- If you choose to use a “sight word” word wall, this would be a great place to use these words.
3.Sight Word Match!- When I made these cards I used 6 different designs with an even number of pages, meaning you can print (preferably on cardstock and laminate) the set right for your students, and play a memory game. Read the sight words, and if the pictures match, you keep the pair! This is great for a center game!
4.Sight Word Walk- Print (preferably on cardstock) laminate, and hang around the room. Students walk around with their paper and a clipboard and write all the words they can find/read
5.Sight Word Scavenger Hunt- Print and hang the cards around the room (just like for sight word walk). Give students a particular job when recording words. For example: find words that have an a in them. This activity also helps students look through words, and gives them lots of exposure to sight word reading. You can also change the “finding” job to get students completing this activity again and again! These are some of my favorite center or even morning work tasks.
6.Sight Word Race- Give each student a different card, or have students choose a card. They then read their “just right” books and tally each time they see the word. This center gets them really noticing these sight words in text and is useful for students to do again and again. As a class, you can even graph or keep track of how many times each word was found over time.
7.Type it!- Provide the stack of sight word cards, have students choose a card, and type the word on the card. This can be done with an old keyboard not attached to a computer, or if computers are available you can open a basic word processor.
8.Read it Make it!- This is one of my students’ favorites! Read the word, then make the word either with pipe cleaners, wiki sticks, or playdough. Super fun, creative, and gets them noticing the letters in each of the sight words.
Check out the sight word cards I created and get the game directions/ recording sheets for activities here!