Sunday, April 11, 2010

Our Week with Sight Words...

As I mentioned, we are doing lots of sight word activities! Here are a few we did this week:

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At the beginning of the week I put a list of sight words on the kitchen easel. They included: the, is, and, me, you, go, he, my, she, was. I had no idea how long it would take us to master these ten words, but I had to pick a starting point! Throughout the week we focused on these words. When we were in the kitchen I would ask Ryan to try to read the list; I most frequently presented it as 'Hey, do you know any of those words?' He took it more as a fun challenge than a rote task. When he mastered a word (which we measured by him being able to read it several different times in a day, find it in a book, and spell the word out loud) he got to circle it. For some reason, Ryan LOVED this process!

I made a set of cards by writing each word on 5 cards. We played a bunch of different games with our cards.
  • Sight Word Slap-Deal the entire deck out to the players. Take turns flipping your cards onto a pile. Be sure to read the words as you flip them! If the word added to the pile matches the word already on top, it's a race to slap the pile. The first person to slap the pile takes the cards and adds them to the bottom of their own pile. The last player to still have cards remaining is the winner!
  • Go Fish- Yup, just the classic game with sight words!
  • Bean Bag Toss- We spread some of the cards on the floor, stood back and tried to toss a beanbag to land on the words!
  • Hide & Seek- We took turns hiding cards around the house and finding them.
  • Race to Find- Sitting in front of a bookshelf, we picked a card from the pile and then each grabbed a book and tried to be the first to find the word! Players kept the card for any race they won and we counted them at the end.
The goal of all of these games was to familiarize Ryan with the words and help him to recognize them. As we master these words,  I'll  add new words. As we tire of these games we'll move on to making these words on our own (spelling & writing)- in fun ways of course!


  1. I just found your blog through the Curriculum Clean Out. We live outside of Sac as well. I can not wait to see what other local things you come up with. We just moved to CA about 7 months ago and love to explore and combine it with our learning time.

  2. Those are great ideas for site words. I'm going to try a few of them next week. Thanks, I'm always looking for ways to make school fun.