Sight words make up anywhere from 50-75% of words in children’s books. By helping students learn sight words, it build confidence in their reading. Sight words are meant to be learned and read with automaticity so students do not have to stop and try to decode that word when reading. Below are 10 strategies that I used in my classroom to help students get repeated practice with sight words.
I found these keyboards at The Dollar Tree a few years ago and instantly knew I needed them! Students simply draw out a sight word card and type the word. This gives them practice with keyboard skills as well.
Do you get any of the Scholastic magazines? These are a great way for students to “hunt” for sight words. I let them use a Sharpie marker, which of course makes everything more fun!
I love the idea of the game hangman, but I didn’t want to call it that in class. Instead, we played “build a flower”, “build a pumpkin”, “build a snowman”, etc. We played this game whole group, small group, and with partners sometimes. Students had fun trying to come up with a harder sight word that will trick their friends. 🙂
Have you heard of the game SPLAT? You say a sight word and the students have to smack the word with a flyswatter. I found this GIANT flyswatter at The Dollar Tree to make this more fun! Let 2 kids compete to find the word the fastest, for added excitement.