Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekend Warriors: Sight Words

Sight words is a topic I could go on and on about. It is also something that I love reading about and grabbing new ideas....so this linky is sure to be a good one!

So I am going to share 2 of my favorite sight word tips... and I have to be honest...these tips came from two older posts I have on sight words that gives even more ideas and info...so I will leave you links to them too.

But here we go.....

This is my favorite. It is a game to use to practice sight words. I introduce this in a small group and will fine tune the words to the needs of that particular level of students.

The main reason I love this game is that it is easy to prep....Sometimes you don't have time to color print, laminate, and cut out some cards to make the cutest sight word game ever! Right? Don't get me wrong, I am all about cute, but sometimes I am all about doing it FAST and meeting the exact needs of my kids.

So...first up... Gobble Gobble Sight Word Game:

Target Dollar Spot is my BFF. That is where I got the felt turkey purse/container thing .... then I used my school's die cut machine to die cut turkeys.

In this case I used the top 10 Fry words... and then 3 cards say, "Gobble, gobble."
 Here are my little ones playing it:
Here's what you do. A group of 3-5 kids can play at once:

1. Pull out one turkey. Read the word.
2. If you can't read the word then have a friend help you read it.
3. If you read the word on your own, keep the card. Otherwise, put it back in the turkey purse.
4. If you draw, "Gobble, gobble!" you have to say, "Gobble, gobble" in your best turkey voice...and sadly lose all of your cards you have collected from previous turns.

The winner is the person to have the most cards when the purse is empty... but to be honest, this little game can last a long time with those "gobble gobble" cards in there.

One reason I don't laminate the cards is because these words were chosen for this year's class... or maybe just this reading group - sometimes different groups have their own words.... So these aren't for use year after year after year... because I have no idea what levels those kids will be.

The best part is that I re-use this game for many many months.....
In October I use ghosts and it is called the "Boo Game" ... In December we play the same game called the "Ho, Ho, Ho Game".....In January with snowmen we play the "Brrr!!!!! Game."

The kids don't realize this is the same game and really enjoy it! You can see my original post HERE for a few more pictures and details

This next idea came from a post with oodles and oodles of ideas that you can find HERE.

I like to use these "magic tubes" (they are test tubes I order from Steve Spangler Science). I've seen other teachers do this same concept with sand instead of water. Can you "see" the word "see"? Why is there glitter floating in that water? It's a short answer: because glitter is fun!

 I sort the letter beads in a box I got from Michaels. There are 2 letters per section, although I will say that putting "E" and "F" together wasn't the best choice I've made:
So I will have between 5-10 tubes out at a time and the kids get to go to this center to just figure out which words are on display.

{P.S. This is also a super fun idea to use with their names at the beginning of the year too, but that is different post}

Lastly, I like to have the parents help me in teaching their children sight words. I have lists I send home throughout the school year. You can check those out here:

Now it's time to check out all these other great sight word ideas:

6 comments:

  1. Christy! How simple.....yet BRILLIANT! "Gobble, Gobble" is ON for this November!!! WOO HOO! Thanks so much for sharing that with me!

    Mrs. DiBenedetto's First Grade Critter Cafe

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  2. I love this idea! It really is versatile and you don't have to teach a new activity all the time. Love it!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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  3. Glitter and sight words....I don't think my students will think there is anything more magical. I am going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love the Gobble, Gobble game idea! My kids are going to love it!
    Crystal
    www.crystalclearteaching.com

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  5. Gobble, Gobble is SO cute! Love that you change it for each month. Thanks for sharing!
    Andrea
    Always Kindergarten

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