If you are teaching a primary grade or special education, I believe that sight word routines should be included in your daily routines. Some of our students, especially students with disabilities, need repeated exposure to allow them to master recognizing sight words quickly. Below, you will find six ways that I practice sight words with my students every day!
Daily Oral Practice
I strongly believe that this one routine is the number one reason that my students have made progress with sight words this year. One of my daily routines in SO many of my groups includes orally reading words from flashcards together. We say the word, spell the word, and say it again. We spend 2-4 minutes of our group time each day with this quick activity. Most of the time we read ALL sight words, but other days, we only have time for a few.
Sight Word Bingo
After reading the words orally, I use the flash cards to play Sight Word Bingo. It is a fun and simple way to allow your students to see and hear the words repeatedly. They hear me say and spell the word again as they search their own Bingo board for the same word. It is a great way to practice visually matching words and noticing differences between words.
Sight Word Roll & Read
My students really love playing Roll & Read! To be honest, they love anything with dice. It is simple. They roll the dice and read the line next to that number. We repeat this for 3-5 minutes in our small groups.
Sight Word Race
Ahhhh! Sight Word Races are so much fun! I have my students play in groups of 2-3. They roll one dice and move that many spaces on the board as they race to the end. I have them read the words after they move their monster.
Each player chooses a side on the board and they must race to connect four words together in a straight or diagonal line. To be honest, my kids just like using the spinner! It’s hard to see in this picture, but there is a clear plastic piece with a spinner attached that my students use to spin a word. It is simple and something that my students look forward to doing. You can find them on Amazon here!
Sight Word Bump!
Bump is an exciting game that gives everyone a fair shot at winning. You can be in the lead and then BUMP! You suddenly find yourself in last place. Students roll the customized dice and use their colored marker to cover the word. If your partner rolls the same word, they can BUMP you off. But, if you roll the same word two times, you can double up your markers and make it impossible to be bumped of off that particular word. It’s total luck and a whole lot of fun!
I found these M&M containers at a gas station and had to make them into a center. Using a circle cutter, I made 1 inch circles to use for M&Ms. I hand wrote words that I knew some of my first and second graders were really struggling to master. I needed a fun way to get them reading those words on a regular basis.
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Sight Word Folders
I have four things that I do with my students each day with their Sight Word Folders. First, I begin by checking in with each student to see what words they remember from the previous day. If you’re interested, I have a video of this routine for you to see it in action. After each student has FOUR words that they are ready to practice, we play three quick and easy games that are differentiated just for them! I also have a video of our sight words games. I’d love for you to watch to see them! You can also find my Sight Word Folders on TpT.
Be sure to click the image above to purchase the sight word centers featured in this post from my TpT store!