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55 Fun Sight Word Activities That Work

It’s a myth that blindly memorizing every letter in a sight word is the only way to learn it.

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Teachers are always on the hunt for great sight word activities. Sight words are any words readers recognize automatically “by sight”—for fluent readers, that’s almost all words! High-frequency words, the most commonly occurring words in written English, like those on the Dolch list , are often thought of as the most crucial sight words.

It’s a myth that blindly memorizing every letter in a sight word is the only way to learn it. The science of reading tells us that linking sounds and letters is the most effective way for kids’ brains to learn any word. Many common words are easy to tackle using beginning phonics skills (like “at,” “can,” “him,” etc.), so staying true to a strong phonics curriculum is one way to support kids’ sight word learning. Even irregularly spelled words have decodable parts, e.g., kids can use the sounds of “s” and “d” to help with “said,” even if the “ai” is unexpected. Experts often call these words “heart words” to call out for kids that they should learn the unexpected word parts “by heart.” (If all this is unfamiliar to you, it can feel overwhelming, but you’ve got this! Check out teaching guru Jillian Starr’s explanation for more help.)

Read: What Are Sight Words?

Check out these low-prep and engaging sight word activities for both teaching and practicing words.

Sight Word Activities for Introducing Words

These activities are great when you are introducing new words or when students need a reminder of the letters and patterns that make up each word.

1. Map it and drive it

Toy truck on a lego board under the word have as an example of sight word activities

@droppinknowledgewithheidi/LEGO sight word activity via Instagram

This is a genius way to introduce words with appealing materials: Say the word, represent each sound with a LEGO brick, write letters for each sound, and “drive” to read it.

Learn more: @droppinknowledgewithheidi

2. Smush play dough for each sound

Template for tapping and mapping words with play dough as an example of sight word activities

@playdough2plato/Sound mapping activity via Instagram

Set up a routine that works for any word. Play dough squishing for each sound is the ultimate multi-sensory component.

Learn more: @playdough2plato

3. Map words with a magnet wand

Template for mapping sight words with a magnet want and magnetic dot markers as an example of sight word activities

@warriorsforliteracy/Heart word activity via Instagram

It is so super-satisfying to drag those magnetic dots around! Watch the video below for lots of tips on introducing a word using this process.

Learn more: @warriorsforliteracy

4. Make a mini book

Mini book for learning the word the as an example of sight word activities

@hughesheartforfirst/Sight word activity via Instagram

Create a mini-book they can take home with them to read on their own.

Learn more: @hughesheartforfirst

5. Tap it, pop it, learn it!

Template for tapping and popping sight words as an example of sight word activities

@hellojenjones/Pop-It sight word activity via Instagram

Hardwire those words in kids’ brains with this comprehensive word intro routine. (You had us with the Pop-Its !)

Source: @hellojenjones

Sight Word Activities for Practicing Words

Once students have learned a word, it’s all about practice, practice, practice! These activities will help students learn words by “heart.”

6. Find and swat words

Sight word cards laid out in a grid pattern with a red fly swatter as an example of sight word activities for the classroom

@kids_play_laugh_learn/Sight word activity via Instagram

An oldie but such a goodie. Find a word in an array and whack! Swat it with a fly swatter!

Learn more: @kids_play_learn_laugh

7. Flip word pancakes

paper pancakes with sight words on them for students to flip

Playdough to Plato/Sight word pancakes via playdoughtoplato.com

Serve up sight word pancakes while practicing spelling them aloud.

Learn more: Playdough to Plato

8. Wear heart word bracelets

Event bracelets with sight words as an example of sight word activities

@teachingmore/Sight word bracelets via Instagram

Make kids feel like sight word VIPs and keep sight word review on hand.

Learn more: @teachingmoore

9. Search for sight word balls

Small multicolored plastic ball pit balls with sight words written in chalk marker

@preschoolforyou/Sight word ball activity via Instagram

Write sight words on ball pit balls with a chalk marker or dry-erase marker. Kids can race around hunting for balls to read and toss in a basket, or hunt through a big tub of balls for a certain word.

Learn more: @preschoolforyou

10. Start a sight word band

A teacher holding a wooden spoon in front of sticky notes with sight words stuck to various pots and pans and other metal objects

@earlyyears_withmrsg/Sight word band via Instagram

Loud but oh-so fun! Feel the rhythm while tapping and reading sight words stuck to homemade percussion instruments.

Learn more: @earlyyears_withmrsg

11. Drive on a sight word path

Child's hand driving a toy car over a path of magnetic tiles with sight words written on them

@travisntyler/sight word car activity via Instagram

This is one of many fun ways to use magnetic tiles for learning! Kids love “knocking down” word tiles with a toy car as they read each one.

Learn more: @travisntyler

12. Use sticky notes to inspire sight word sentences

Sticky note with the sight word "said" stuck to a pink child's bike helmet

@kinneypodlearning/sticky note sentence activity via Instagram

Have kids stick words on items that give them ideas for sentences. “My Mom said to wear a helmet!” = so good!

Learn more: @kinneypodlearning

13. Write words on a sensory bag

A zip-top bag with blue paint inside with the word

@make.it.multisensory/Gel bag activity via Instagram

So easy: Fill a zip-top bag with a small amount of kid-safe paint, seal well, and have kids practice “writing” sight words with their finger or a cotton swab.

Learn more: @makeitmultisensory

14. Wear a sight word crown

Paper crown headbands printed with rightwards

@mrsjonescreationstation/Sight word hats via Instagram

Wear your word proudly and practice reading others’ words. Fun in person or virtually.

Learn more: @mrsjonescreationstation

15. Play a magnetic-tile board game

Magnetic tiles with sight words arranged in a board game maze as an example of sight word activities

@twotolove_bairantwins/Sight word racetrack via Instagram

We love new ideas for ways to use magnetic tiles for sight word activities. Easy to set up and fun to play.

Learn more: @twotolove_bairantwins

16. Spell words to a familiar tune

Spell Words to a familiar tune

@builditbre/Sight word song via Instagram

Get sight words stuck in everyone’s head, in a good way. We’d add a line for chanting the sounds in the word!

Learn more: @builditbre

17. Feed a word monster

Feed A Word Monster sight word activities

@ecplayandlearn/Sight word monster via Instagram

Nom, nom, nom.

Learn more: @ecplayandlearn

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18. Search for the pom-pom under sight word cups

Search for pom poms under sight word cups

@la.la.learning/Sight word cup game via Instagram

Read all the words as you try to find the cup that hides the prize.

Learn more: @la.la.learning

19. Play sight word Kaboom!

Play sight word kaboom

@essentiallykinder/Sight word game via Instagram

This classroom classic is perfect for sight words. If you need a refresher on the rules, Jillian Starr covers them.

Learn more: @essentiallykinder

20. Roll and write words

Roll and write words for sight word activities

@mylittlepandamonium/Sight word dice roll game via Instagram

Roll, write, repeat.

Learn more: @mylittlepandamonium

21. Write words with rainbow colors

Write words with rainbow colors

@mylittlepandamonium/Sight word rainbow writing via Instagram

Bonus points for aromatic markers.

22. Trace words with flashlights

Trace words with flashlights

@giggleswithgerg/Sight word flashlight writing via Instagram

Stock up on batteries because kids never get tired of this!

Learn more: @giggleswithgerg

23. Find words in plastic eggs

Find words in a sensory bin

@blooming_tots1/Sight word hunt via Instagram

Give kids a checklist of words to find as they open each egg.

Learn more: @blooming_tots1

24. Spy words around the classroom

Spy words around the classrom

@readingcorneronline/I Spy sight words activity via Instagram

Just add a magnifying glass and clipboard to make kids feel like supersleuths!

Learn more: @readingcorneronline

25. Find words in the morning message

Spy words in the morning message

@tales_of_a_kinder_classroom/Morning meeting sight words via Instagram

Don’t forget about old standbys! This is one of our favorite ways to get kids to recognize sight words in connected text.

Learn more: @tales_of_a_kinder_classroom

26. Build words with bricks

lego bricks with sight words on them

The Printable Princess/Sight words with bricks via theprintableprincess.com

Such a great use of extra building bricks!

Learn more: The Printable Princess

27. Write words in sand

Write words in individual sandboxes

@teacherhacks_/Sand writing via Instagram

Easy-peasy to set up and keep neat if you use plastic pencil boxes.

Learn more: @teacherhacks

28. Spell words on a construction site

Make a word construction site

@planningplaytime/Construction site sight words via Instagram

Bulldozing over each word to read it is the best part!

Learn more: @planningplaytime

29. Spell words with toy cars

Spell words with toy cars

@lozlovesprep/Car sight word activity via Instagram

Drive on over!

Learn more: @lozlovesprep

30. Park in a sight word “parking lot”

Park words in a sight words parking lot

@msbendersclassroom/Parking lot sight word activity via Instagram

This one is easy to modify based on whatever toys are available in the classroom or at home.

Learn more: @msbendersclassroom

31. “Plant” words in play dough

Plant words in play dough

@planningplaytime/Sight word play dough activity via Instagram

Watch those reading skills grow!

32. Build words in a sensory tub

Build words in a sensory tub

@coffeeandspitup/Sight word tub activity via Instagram

Because spelling is just more fun when your hands are covered in beans!

Learn more: @coffeeandspitup

33. Write words on a magnetic drawing board

Write words on a magnetic drawing board

@moffattgirls/Sight word magnetic writing via Instagram

That eraser track makes for a perfect word card holder!

Learn more: @moffattgirls

34. Or write words on the window!

Write sight words on the window

@kindergarten_matters/Word writing activity via Instagram

Everyone wants a turn to write on the window!

Learn more: @kindergarten_matters

35. Shhh! Discover words written in invisible ink

Discover secret words written in invisible ink

@teachstarter/Invisible ink words via Instagram

Write words in white crayon and reveal them with watercolors on top!

Learn more: @teachstarter

36. Dot-paint words with a cotton swab

dot paint words with a cotton swab

@sightwordactivities/Sight word painting via Instagram

Calming and effective.

Learn more: @sightwordactivities

37. “Type” words on a keyboard

type words on a keyboard cover

@lifebetweensummers/Sight word keyboarding via Instagram

Busy day at the sight word office! Use a keyboard cover or any old keyboard.

Learn more: @lifebetweensummers

38. Read words before heading through the door

Read words before heading out the door

@msrowe.kinder/Sight words on doors via Instagram

The line leader can double as the word pointer during transitions.

Learn more: @ms.rowekinder

39. Read the word the teacher’s wearing!

Read the word the teacher is wearing

@libblyklinnerteaching/Sight word teacher activity via Instagram

Wait, is there something on my shirt?

Learn more: @theprimarypartner

40. Take a sight word cakewalk

Take a sight word cake walk

@joyfulinkinder/Sight word walk via Instagram

Choose a winning word when the music stops!

Learn more: @joyfulinkinder

41. Play sight word hopscotch

Play sight word hopscotch outdors

@wheretheliteracygrows/Sight word hop scotch via Instagram

If you can’t get outdoors, tape on the floor works just as well.

Learn more: @wheretheliteracygrows

42. Play tic-tac-toe

sight word tic tac toe game

Boy Mama Teacher Mama/Sight word tic-tac-toe via boymamateachermama.com

I’ll be team “look.”

Learn more: Boy Mama Teacher Mama

43. Go sight word bowling

Bowl those words right over

@thecreativeteacher_/Sight word bowling via Instagram

No bowling pins? Use half-filled plastic water bottles instead.

Learn more: @thecreativeteacher_

44. Ready, aim, read

Hit words with foam darts

@laurens_lil_learners/Sight word target via Instagram

Just throw a beanbag at a word target if foam darts are a no-go.

Learn more: @laurens_lil_learners

45. Play muffin tin ball toss

Toss a ball and read the word it lands on

@fun_with_lynda/Sight word muffin tin activity via Instagram

Toss a ball or pom-pom into the muffin tin and read the word. It’s easy to use colored muffin cups to prep different sets of words.

Learn more: @fun_with_lynda

46. DIY sentence flash cards

Sight word sentences on flash cards as an example of sight word activities

@teachertipsandtales/Sentence writing via Instagram

Authentic use of words in context for the win.

Learn more: @teachertipsandtales

47. Play sight word checkers

Sight words checkers

@sightwordactivities/Sight word checkers via Instagram

King me! If kids don’t have a partner available, they can “play” with a stuffed animal and get double practice.

48. Play sight word Guess Who?

Sight words guess who

@rebekahpoeteaching/Sight word Guess Who? game via Instagram

Set up this game once and use it forever.

Learn more: @RebekahPoeTeaching

49. Sight word jars

sight word jars example

No Time for Flash Cards/Sight word jars via notimeforflashcards.com

Students organize a big jar of letters into words and pack them into smaller jars. Or put the letters you need for each word into a jar and students pour out the letters, then spell.

Learn more: No Time for Flash Cards

50. Sight word fishing

sight word fishing game

A Teachable Teacher/Sight word fishing via ateachableteacher.com

Put paper clips on notecards with sight words written on them, and have students go fishing.

Learn more: A Teachable Teacher

51. Sight word balloon toss

Sight word water balloon toss

No Time for Flash Cards/Sight word toss via notimeforflashcards.com

On those hot days, take students outside and write sight words on the pavement. Fill water balloons and have kids toss them at the words they read.

52. Sight words on the menu

student serving sight words putting letters onto a plate

The Kindergarten Connection/Sight word cafe via thekindergartenconnection.com

Put sight words in the pretend-play center and have students request, and then be served, sight words.

Learn more: The Kindergarten Connection

53. Sight word dominoes

example of sight word dominos

No Time for Flash Cards/Sight word dominoes via notimeforflashcards.com

Create sight word dominoes out of note cards and have students play dominoes, matching sight word with sight word.

54. Sight word caterpillar

bottle caps with letters on sight word caterpillars

This Reading Mama/Caterpillar sight words via thisreadingmama.com

Write letters on bottle caps and have students build sight words by adding letters to the caterpillar’s body.

Learn more: This Reading Mama

55. Sight word rubbings

raised sight words and rubbings using crayon

The OT Toolbox/Sight word rubbings via theottoolbox.com

Create raised sight words using a glue gun. When the glue is dry, students can use the cards to color over and see sight word rubbings.

Learn more: The OT Toolbox

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10 Engaging Activities and Games for Teaching Sight Words

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sight word activities for upper grades

As an experienced teacher, I know the importance of teaching sight words to young children. When I was working with my own son, he would easily become disinterested and disengaged in the learning process. To keep him engaged while he was learning these important words, I came up with some fun activities that provided an enjoyable way to practice.

With that in mind, I'd like to share some of these activities and games with you as a tool for teaching your kids. This blog post will provide 10 inventive ideas for parents to help their children learn sight words more efficiently and enjoyably. From flashcards and worksheets to physical games, there are plenty of options for teaching sight words through play instead of the same old memorization and repetition.

What Site Words are and Why They are Important

Never underestimate the power of sight words when it comes to reading. The top 100 sight words make up about 50% of all text written in English! By learning these words, kids will be well on their way to reading any text. These are words that young readers need to recognize on sight to read and understand written material fluently. They are essential because they allow children to easily understand more extensive texts, building confidence and their love for reading.

Some sight words are particularly tricky because they don’t follow the typical phonics rules. Words like “one,” “write,”

sight word activities for upper grades

and “said” can be particularly confusing. By learning these high-frequency words by sight, kids become more fluent readers with greater confidence and less frustration.

As a parent or educator, you can help make learning sight words fun with engaging activities. Download this free printable if you don't already have a list of the top 100 sight words. You can also check out my favorite set of Sight Word flash cards on Amazon here . Let's build a strong foundation for our young readers and watch them soar!

Activity 1 - Memory Match!

Memory match is a fun and interactive game that can help students practice recognizing and remembering sight words. You can cut out your own set to create the game, or purchase a ready-made set . It is a great activity for children to develop their reading skills as they work on finding matching pairs of cards.

Not only can kids learn sight words through this game, but they will also improve their memory skills as they try to remember which cards they have already seen before. The game is easily adaptable and can be used with any sight word list or vocabulary set. Plus, it is adaptable for all age groups, making it an ideal game for the whole family to enjoy together!

Here are the instructions for Sight Word Memory Match:

1. Set Up the Board - Place sight word cards on a flat surface. Choose about 10 sight words to match.

2. Take Turns Matching - Invite students to take turns flipping two cards at a time and trying to find matching sight words.

3. Reward Correct Matches - If students find two cards with matching words, they can keep them and get the point or reward.

4. Repeat - The game ends when all pairs have been found, and all players have had equal turns.

This educational activity encourages students to use their problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills as they search for matches among the cards. Children also get to practice visual discrimination by closely examining each card before flipping them over in search of its pair. As they play the game more often, students will become more familiar with the sight words and gain confidence when reading them out loud.

Through repetition, they will eventually be able to recognize these words without having to sound them out or rely heavily on spelling strategies.

With some creativity and imagination, you can make a unique version of this game with different themes or topics like animals or geography—endless possibilities!

Activity 2 - Sight Word Bingo

sight word activities for upper grades

We all remember playing Bingo in elementary school for all kinds of reviews. The classic game can be used to teach sight words! This activity is a great way to help children build sight word recognition and recall in the classroom and beyond.

Here are the instructions for playing Sight Word Bingo:

1. Create Bingo Cards - Make bingo cards with different sight words, either with the same set of terms or a different set for each card. You can also purchase my printable with 35 Bingo cards here !

2. Call Out Words - As you call out the words, have students call out words from the list as they mark them off their bingo cards.

3. Get Five in a Row - The first student to get five in a row is the winner!

4. Play again if you want to keep going!

Sight Word Bingo is an engaging, enjoyable way for young learners to improve their reading skills. Watching others succeed when called upon can boost confidence levels, too. Plus, it’s easy to adapt this game to any skill level - use more complex word lists for older grades or add other activities like synonym matching or definition-finding to make things more challenging.

If you want something extra fun, try mixing up how kids can win each round! For example, you could award prizes for completing ‘blackout’ (filling every space on their card) or ‘diagonal’ (five words in a diagonal line). By changing up the rules each time, your students will stay engaged and motivated while they continue practicing their skills.

Activity 3 - Sight Word Scavenger Hunt!

sight word activities for upper grades

This activity will surely excite your students about literacy while also getting some physical activity. Here's what you'll need to do.

Here are the instructions for a Sight Word Scavenger Hunt:

1. Choose the Sight Word Cards you want your child to focus on.

2. Hide the Cards - Hide the cards around your classroom, living room, or outdoor space.

3. Read Aloud - Invite the students to search for the sight word cards; when they find one, have them read it aloud.

4. Keep Going - The scavenger hunt is over once the cards are found!

Note: You can make it even more engaging by creating clues as to where each sight word is hidden

This activity will help your students build confidence in recognizing and remembering sight words as they search high and low for each card. Not only that, but it's also a great way for them to get up and be active during their learning session! Your students will love this exciting game, so what are you waiting for? Gather those sight word cards and get ready to explore!

Activity 4 - Sight Word Timed Challenge

sight word activities for upper grades

Are you ready to sharpen your sight words? Once your kiddo has several down, you can play a Sight Word Timed Challenge! With this activity, your students can practice their reading skills while enjoying the excitement of competition. Get ready for some fast-paced literacy training!

Here are the instructions for Sight Word Timed Challenge:

1. Prepare a List - Create a list of sight words you want your students to practice and ensure they can read them all.

2. Set a Timer - Set the timer to one minute (or longer or shorter, depending on the student's level).

3. Read & Race - Instruct your student to race against the clock, reading as many sight words as possible in the given time limit.

4. Repeat! - Enjoy watching your student improve their literacy skills with this timed challenge!

In this challenge, children should compete against themselves rather than against each other. By doing this, they'll recognize their progress over time and be more motivated to read the sight words even faster. Encourage your students by praising their efforts when they improve their reading speed and accuracy.

Activity 5 - Sight Word Storytelling

Sight word storytelling is an engaging and fun way to help

sight word activities for upper grades

your students get comfortable with recognizing and remembering sight words. It's also a great opportunity for them to practice their creative expression.

Here are some simple steps to get started with this activity:

1. Choose a set of sight words your students should know before beginning the activity (depending on their age and level). These can come from any curriculum you are currently using, or you can create your list.

2. Create a story that incorporates these sight words. The story can utilize just as many sight words as you would like.

3. Speak aloud or write down the sight word story.

4. As a bonus, you can have each student read the story aloud or act it out as if they are in a play or movie scene, emphasizing the various sight words within it. This will help them understand how these words appear in context and increase their familiarity with them.

By providing this dynamic environment for learning, your students will gain confidence in both recognizing and understanding sight words while having fun along the way!

Activity 6 - Sight Word Go Fish

Are you looking for an exciting and educational way to engage your kids in reading? Look no further than Sight Word Go Fish! This fun game will have everyone asking for more. Here's how to get started:

1. Gather Materials - To play, you need 2-4 site word sets . If you don’t have more than one set, you can download a free printable here and print as many copies as you need!

2. Form Groups - Split the players up into groups of four and give each group its own set of sight word cards; ensure each player has the same number of cards

3. Instructions - Take turns to ask for particular cards from other players (eg. "Do you have the word 'go'?"); whoever collects the most sets wins!

4. Have Fun! – Sight Word Go Fish provides an entertaining way for children to practice their reading skills while having fun with family and friends.

Note: Be selective with the sight words for this game. 5-10 sight words are recommended. You could also have students match similar words, such as words that start with a same level, etc.

With Sight Word Go Fish, your children will learn to recognize and read sight words. They'll be engaging in friendly competition and honing their literacy skills all at the same time! So grab your cards and prepare for exciting family fun with Sight Word Go Fish!

Activity 7 - Sight Word Hopscotch:

sight word activities for upper grades

Do you have active kids who want to have a blast while learning sight words? Then, let them find their way to literacy success with this fun sight word hopscotch activity.

Here are the instructions for Sight Word Hopscotch:

Set Up the Board - Using chalk or a sidewalk marker, write sight words in each square of the hopscotch board.

1. Take Turns Hopping & Reading - Encourage your students to take turns hopping and reading the sight word that they land on before making their way to the next one.

2. Enjoy! - Let them find their way to literacy success with this fun activity.

3. For added fun, you can also add in an extra step, like clapping or spinning around before they jump each time.

This activity can be particularly helpful for tricky sight words because they’ll repeatedly focus on the same words as they play. It can also be great for practicing specific sounds; for example, I filled the entire hopscotch board with “th” words so my son could focus on getting those down.

Activity 8 - Sight Word Charades

Inspire your students to become sight word pros with an exciting game of charades!

Here’s how to play:

1. Write a selection of sight words on small slips of paper or use your deck of sight word flash cards .

2. Place the slips in a bowl or hat.

3. Have students draw a slip from the bowl or hat.

4. Students must then act out the word for their classmates to guess.

Note: It is recommended to be selective about the sight words in this game. A word like “been” might be hard to act out. Words like “no,” “what,” and “time” are perfect.

This fun activity helps students practice recognizing and creatively remembering sight words. Encourage your kids to use big gestures and exaggerated facial expressions while they act out the words to make it more entertaining for everyone.

Activity 9 - Create a Sight Word Karaoke Video

Creating a sight word karaoke video is an engaging and educational way to help your students practice recognizing and remembering sight words. This activity is especially effective for those who thrive with musical learning methods.

Here are the steps for getting started:

1. Choose some common sight words you want to include in the video.

2. Create a sing-along video of the sight words by adding music to it. You can find plenty of royalty-free music online, so you don't have to worry about copyright infringement.

3. Record yourself singing each word so your children can see and follow along with you while watching the video. Make sure to record at least one round of each word you include in the video so they'll have multiple chances to practice each one!

4. Finally, upload your karaoke video so your students can access it easily! It could be on YouTube, Google Classroom, or some other streaming platform of your choice. You can make the video unlisted or password protected if you don’t want it to be something anyone can access.

With this fun activity, your students can practice their sight words creatively while having lots of musical fun!

Activity 10 - Sight Word Obstacle Course

sight word activities for upper grades

This sight word obstacle course is the perfect activity to strengthen their word recognition skills while having fun.

Here are the steps you need to follow to set up your obstacle course:

1. Start by writing a list of sight words your students need more practice with or use sight word cards . These will be placed at different stations throughout the obstacle course.

2. Gather supplies for each station, such as cardboard boxes, hula hoops, jump ropes, beanbags, or any other items you have on hand that might be fun for the students to use during the activity.

3. Set up each station in different spots around the room or outside and label them with the corresponding sight word(s).

4. Instruct your students to go from one station to another and read out loud each word they see before attempting any challenge at that station (for example, hopping on one foot three times or completing an agility course).

5. Once they’ve completed all stations successfully, let them know they’ve conquered the obstacle course! Celebrate their success with lots of cheers and applause!

This activity will surely be a hit among your little learners as it combines physical activity with cognitive learning engagingly – all while keeping them entertained and motivated! You can adjust it according to their skill level each time they do it so that they stay challenged and interested in learning new words every time.

Final Thoughts

Teaching sight words is critical in helping young students develop their reading skills. By incorporating fun and engaging activities into the learning process, teachers and parents can make this task much more enjoyable and effective for their students. From playing memory games to singing karaoke, there are countless creative ways to help students recognize and remember sight words.

Students can develop the skills to become confident and fluent readers by using these activities to teach sight words. So, try out these 10 fun and memorable ways to teach sight words and help your students take the first step towards a lifetime of reading enjoyment. I hope you find them as helpful as they were for my son and me!

If you want to check out more reading game ideas for kids of all ages, check out 13 Fun Reading Games for Kids !

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  • Janessa Fletcher
  • December 1, 2020

I am constantly looking for Sight Words Activities to use in my small groups, independent centers, and as homework.  I use sight words in my vocabulary and word work centers.  Certain sight words are taught in small groups to help students better read their leveled readers.  And as added practice, I send those same sight words home to practice as well.  I like to use a mix of paper pencil and hands-on activities to practice sight words. ❤️

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Education to the Core has been busily creating NO PREP Sight Word Activities that you can use in your classroom IMMEDIATELY!  We have resources with sight word practice in isolation, as well as sight words embedded within fluency practice.

And as an added bonus… we have also included some really fun sight word activities that don’t require worksheets. ?

No Prep Sight Words Printables

sight word activities for upper grades

This resource includes no prep printables for the first 300 words on the Fry’s Word List.  Students can practice each word through 7 different activities.

  • Find and Circle
  • Write the Word
  • Box the Word
  • Draw the Word
  • Count the Syllables
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Use the Word in a Sentence

Monster Munch

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With your child/students, create a monster out of construction paper and an empty tissue box.  The students can be as imaginative as they wish, using pipe cleaners, google eyes, etc to create their monster. Then write the sight words they need to practice on small pieces of paper.  As the student/child reads the sight word, they get to “feed ” it to the monster.  See how full you can make the monster’s belly. ?

Poppin’ Sight Words

sight word activities for upper grades

Students have so much fun “dabbing” their sight words with bingo daubers.  Or, if you want to reuse each page, the words can be covered with colored counting chips.  We also have this sight word activity in digital format .

STEM Sight Words Construction

sight word activities for upper grades

My son, the builder, absolutely LOVES this sight word practice activity.  Grab some popsicle/craft sticks and write sight words on them. I like to write the same word on 2-3 sticks. Also grab some modeling clay or a small container of Play-doh.  Then your child/students will grab a stick and say the word aloud. If they read the word correctly, they get to keep the stick for construction, if not, correct them and it goes back into the “building” pile.  Once they’ve earned a few sticks, they can start using Play-doh or clay to create a building.  I love to see the neat structures they think of.  And the best part is that they are learning and having fun at the same time. In the end, they didn’t realize we were working on sight words.

Sight Words Practice Menus

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These Sight Word Menus allow students to practice a word in 8 different ways. They are able to work on fine motor strength, letter formation and recognition, and sight word identification and spelling.  Each page has 4 different activities on it, so you can print front to back, or do 4 for a couple of days and the other 4 later in the week. Some teachers are having students cut the cards apart and keep them in an envelope to bring out during independent work time. There are many possibilities and it also happens to be NO PREP for you! ?

“Magic” Words

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Give each kiddo a white piece of paper and ask them to fold it into a specified number of sections, usually 6, 8, or 10.  They will need to write a sight word in each section with a white crayon. Once they’ve written all of the words you want them to practice, they are going to color over the sections with markers.  The sight words are going to “magically” appear on the page. For the more adventurous teachers, you can also have them watercolor paint over the words to make them “appear”.

Sight Words Centers

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We have a variety of Sight Word Centers that can be used during your literacy block to help students practice sight words. These are hands-on activities/games that engage students in sight word identification. My students love “Fishin’ For Sight Words”. ?

Paint a Word

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This activity isn’t as messy as it sounds. LOL Fill a ziplock back with paint, leaving a little bit of air, and make sure to tape the top after sealing. (I prefer to use packing tape to seal the top. ?)  Then give your students a Q-tip,  eraser end of a pencil or their finger. They will write their sight word on the bag and watch it appear in the paint. This is a fun activity for those who want to finger paint, but not get messy. If you would rather skip the paint altogether, you can put sand, sugar, or salt in a tray and students can use the same tools to write sight words in as well.  Same concept, without the concern of a paint mess.

Sight Word Sentence Mats

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Our Sight Word Sentence Mats come in both printable and digital format. The digital set even takes it a step further and has students match the word to the image, working on phonics skills as well.  Both formats are great for small group centers because they are no prep. The printable mats are literally Print and Done.

Hide-and-Seek Sight Words

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Grab some small Dixie cups and write the sight words you want to practice on the outside. Using a small object; toy, snack, block, etc. place that object underneath one of the cups. (Make sure the student has their eyes closed and isn’t cheating.) The goal is for the student to find the hidden object, but in order to check under the cup, they have to read the sight word written on the outside. It’s a class favorite!

Sign Language Practice

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Students LOVE signing their sight words to each other! This center activity comes with a variety of sight word mats that students can use to sign back and forth while they spell and read their sight words. And this is a center that your students could do in pairs while still maintaining social distancing. It is also available in digital format . ?

Caterpillar Words

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I always think about garage sales when I see those multi-colored circular stickers. Well, I have found a new use for them besides price tags. ? Give your students a sheet or two and their list of sight words for the week. They will draw a face on one sticker and then spell the sight words one letter at a time to create the body of the caterpillar. Once they have written all of the letters, they stick them to a piece of paper to create the “caterpillar”. If you want to make it a little more difficult, you could record yourself saying the sight words and the students then have to spell them out without being able to see the word.

Sight Word Passages

sight word activities for upper grades

We have listened to the needs of our teachers and created simple sight word passages with comprehension questions. Each passage contains a certain set of sight words, so students can practice reading them in isolation and then within the text. Each passage comes with simple comprehension questions (multiple-choice, fill in the blank, and short answer with a sentence starter). Even your low readers can work on the first few passages in this bundle, as the text is very repetitive.

Target Practice

sight word activities for upper grades

My oldest son thinks that this activity is the coolest! He is an avid baseball player and I have gotten on him more than once about throwing a ball in the house. Well, I finally decided to take his “lack of following the rules” and turn it into an academic positive. Grab some paper plates and write sight words on them. Tape them to a wall or door (spread out a little if you can). Then give your kiddo a softball – I prefer a hacky sack or soft stress ball. Your child/student will read aloud one of the sight words on the plates and then try and hit that plate with the ball. So much fun and keeps them entertained for awhile.

Sight Word Foldable Books

sight word activities for upper grades

For the youngest of readers, these sight word foldable books are perfect. Each book focuses on a specific sight word. With fun illustrations within the short story, students will be better able to read the text. There are also added activities, such as writing the word and drawing a picture that corresponds to a given sentence. Along with the books, are passages for students to practice the story without rebus images. This will help build their fluency as time goes on.

There are so many creative sight word activities out there. These are just a few of my favorites, along with some BRAND NEW and TRIED AND TRUE sight words resources from Education to the Core. If you have a sight word activity that your students love, please post a picture in the comments below. I am always looking for new ways to spice up my word work center. ?

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100+ Best Sight Word Activities: Games, Printables & Hands-On Fun

Inside: A big list of engaging sight word activities – includes games, printables and plenty of hands-on fun.

Some children take to reading like fish to water, for others it is a slower process with many moving parts to master. One of these important moving parts is learning to identify sight words at a glance, or on ‘first sight.’

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How important are sight words? You may be wondering, what are sight words and how important are they? Sight words are words that fluent readers can identify ‘on sight.’ They are words that appear frequently in written text and are often irregularly spelled and therefore difficult for early or beginning readers to sound out phonetically. For example, consider the word ‘was.’ An attempt to sound it out – w-a-s – would more likely sound like a word that rhymes with gas.

Sight words are important as being able to automatically recall a word assist children to read more fluently, and fluency assists children to understand, or comprehend, the text they are reading. Children who have to stop frequently as they struggle to recall, or to phonetically decode, a word are more likely to lose track of the meaning of what they have already read as they focus on the individual word that they are struggling with.

How do I teach my child sight words? Typically, when children begin to learn to identify sight words they start with small subsets or lists of 5-10 new words at a time, moving on to a new set of words once each previous set is mastered. In order for these words to be recalled automatically, children need to be exposed to them frequently and have multiple opportunities to read and write the words. The trick to getting your child to want to practice their sight words is by making it fun and appealing.

How do you learn sight words in a fun way? Game playing and hands-on sight word learning activities, like those listed below, are super engaging for children, making sight word learning much more fun than learning by simply reciting the word from flashcards or a paper based list – simply use the words that a child is currently learning with the activity. These activities are suitable for children who are learning sight words in kindergarten and first through to third grades.

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When I taught I used to do a chart a day with the children. I would write what we were going to do that day and use the same words over and over again. I had a couple of children who actually were reading the charts themselves by the end of the year.

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Sight words worksheets

Below you will find all the sight words worksheets and printables from around Planes&Balloons. Whether you have a preschooler at home who is just starting to read their first words or a beginner reader in kindergarten or first grade, sight words are a great way to encourage their efforts!

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Teaching sight words helps promote literacy as well as reading and spelling fluency in later grades. The majority of worksheets and activities below are designed around the Dolch sight words list , which includes the most common 315 words in the English language (220 “service” words and 95 nouns).

Sight words are divided into groups for each grade, so children can build their high frequency words vocabulary continuously.

So far, I’ve created activities and sight words worksheets for grades pre-k to grade 1. And I keep making new ones, so make sure to come back and get more of my free printables.

Sight word list

Download the free printable Dolch sight word list for pre-k, kindergarten, and grade 1 below. I also designed Fry’s first 100 words list for your convenience.

Dolch sight word list pre-k

Preschool Sight Words Worksheets

My preschool sight words worksheets include all 40 so-called pre-primer sight words. Children will play the find & color games, learn with sight word flash cards, or make art with sight word coloring pages.

Pre-primer sight words checklist

Pre-primer sight words checklist and memory game – a fun way to work on sight words in preschool

pre-primer sight words flash cards eight cards per page

Pre-primer sight word flash cards – great for quick sight words activity with your preschoolers

Dry's first 100 sight words flashcards page 1

Sight word flash cards PDF – flashcards of all sight words from Dolch’s list and 200 high-frequency words from Fry’s list

pre-primer sight word sentences - a picture of a cat and dog

Pre-primer sight word sentences – read the first sentences with sight words

"the" sight word coloring page

Dolch pre-primer sight words coloring pages – make fun art with these large printable sight words

Pre primer sight words worksheets

Do a dot preschool sight words worksheets – spot and dot sight words activity

Dolch pre-primer sight words worksheets

Preschool sight words matching – let’s see if your students can spot the same sight words in each column

Kindergarten Sight Words Worksheets

These kindergarten sight words worksheets include activities such as sight word search, spot, and color sight words, sight words scramble, and more. Kindergarten students will practice their 52 sight words from the Dolch list.

Sight word "do" coloring page

Free sight word coloring pages – all 52 Dolch sight words to color or decorate with your students. Easily make a sight word wall!

Kindergarten sight words spot and dot worksheet

Spot and dot sight words – a fun kindergarten activity to practice reading Dolch sight words.

100 sight words bookmarks page 1

100 first sight words bookmarks – learn the first 100 words with these colorful bookmarks

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C ut and paste sight words – read the sight words and match them

Sentences to read for kindergarten 4 per one page

Simple sentences to read – read first sentences with sight words and CVC words combined

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Kindergarten sight words scramble – unscramble the sight words with these fun worksheets

Christmas sight words

Christmas words activity pages – practice most traditional Christmas words with these holiday worksheets

And more kindergarten sight word practice sheets here:

summer sight words

Tracing and writing sight words and first sight word search for the very young learners:

Sight words no and now worksheet for kindergarten

Sight word practice – read, trace, write and find all the sight words

dolch sight words search kindergarten

Sight words search for kindergarten – find and cross out sight words in this word search for kindergarten

Dolch sight words tracing

Dolch sight words tracing – a great way to practice sight words and writing all in one activity

First Grade Sight Words Worksheets

I have only recently added 1st grade worksheets to this site, so expect my list of grade 1 sight words to grow in the future. For now, here are a few Dolch sight words activities for first grade (41 sight words).

Sight word word search worksheet

For tips and tricks on how to teach sight words to young learners, read this on-point Scholastic article .

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100+ Free Sight Word Activities and Games for Kids

These free sight word activities and sight word games require very little prep and are super easy to differentiate for any level. Better yet, the kids will beg to play them!

Most are editable so you can use them for any high frequency words or heart words you are teaching.

Editable Word Work Games and Activities for Kids

Sight Word Activities and Games

If you are looking for sight word games and activities that will make learning fun and exciting, then look no further.

Whether you are looking for printable activities or digital paperless activities , I have got you covered.

These high frequency word resources are going to make differentiation super easy for you!

Sight word games and activities for kids.

Fun Sight Word Games

These word work activities are perfect for kids who are learning to read and need fun, hands-on ways to learn to read and spell words.

Forget the flash cards and the quizzing and give these digital and printable activities a try. You won’t regret it.

My kids beg to play these sight word games and activities and we are able to use them to work on a large variety of skills.

Most of the games are editable which means you can also type in CVC words , blend words, word with digraphs or vowel teams, and lots of different phonics skills .

Differentiated Word Work

Because most of them are editable, you can easily change out the words whenever you need to.

Changing the words on the games can be done in a matter of a minute or two. It couldn't be any easier!

Fun sight word activities and games for kids to learn sight words in engaging, hands-on ways.

High Frequency Words Activities for All Themes

These sight word activities and games come in a large variety of themes, so you can find activities for any season and many of the different themes you use in your classroom.

There are resources for fall, winter, spring and even summer as well as activities for most of the major holidays.

Plus, there are sight word activities for lots of fun themes like unicorns, robots, dinosaurs, and more!

Check out the list of sight word resources below!

Free printable pumpkin theme editable bingo game for reading practice in kindergarten and first grade.

Editable Pumpkin Theme BINGO Game

Editable apple theme bingo game for teaching phonics skills and reading fluency.

Editable Apple Theme Bingo Game

Free printable caterpillar word work mats for spring literacy centers in kindergarten and first grade.

Editable Caterpillar Word Work Mats Free Printable

Easter bunny editable word work mats for kids who are learning to read and write in kindergarten and first grade.

Editable Easter Bunny Word Work Mats

Editable name tracing and spelling printables. Type each name once and all of the pages are filled in for you! Perfect for preschool name learning.

Free Editable Name Tracing Printable Worksheets for Name Practice

Free printable spider literacy center activity for learning letters, CVC words, phonics skills and high frequency words.

Free Printable Spider Word Work Mats

Free printable apple theme word work activity for kids.

Editable Apple Spin & Build Mats

Back to school word work activity for kids.

Free Printable Back to School Spin and Build Word Work Mats

Back to school four in a row game for kids who are learning letters, numbers, sight words, phonics skill and more!

Editable Back to School Four in a Row Printable Game

Free printable ocean theme word work activity for kids in kindergarten, first grade and even preschool.

Editable Feed the Fish Spin and Build Mats Printable

A free printable flower theme editable word work activity for kids in kindergarten and first grade.

Editable Flower Bump Game Printable for Word Work

A fun frog theme word work activity for kids.

Editable Frog Spin and Build Mats Word Work Printable

Feed the frog digital word work activity for kids to learn sight words, CVC words, high frequency words and more.

Digital Frog Feed Me Word Work Mats for Kindergarten

Digital St. Patrick's Day word work activity for kids.

Digital St. Patrick’s Day Feed Me Words Activity for Kindergarten

A free printable St. Patrick's Day learning activity for kids.

Editable Shamrock Spin and Build Mats Free Printable

Community helpers word work activity for kids.

Editable Mailbox Spin and Build Mats Word Work Printable

Valentine's Day editable word work learning activity for kids.

Editable Valentine’s Day Spin and Build Word Work Mats

Feed the valentine word work mats for kids.

Digital Feed the Heart Words Activity for Kindergarten

Valentine's Day theme fun learning activity for kids.

Editable Valentine’s Day Four in a Row Printable Literacy Game

Free printable Groundhog Day editable board game for kids.

Groundhog Day Free Printable Editable Board Game

Digital Groundhog Day word work learning activity for kids.

Free Digital Feed the Groundhog Words Activity

Printable Groundhog Day learning activity for kids.

Editable Groundhog Spin and Build Word Work Mats

A fun editable winter theme bump game for word work practice.

Editable Winter Bump Game Printable for Word Work

Snowman write the room editable word work activity.

Editable Snowman Write the Room Printable Activity

Feed the snowman word work activity for fun and learning this winter.

Digital Feed the Snowman Words Activity for Kindergarten

Gingerbread theme fun learning game for word work.

Editable Gingerbread Bump Game for Word Work Printable

A fun editable gingerbread word work activity for kids.

Editable Gingerbread Spin and Build Word Work Mats Printable

A printable Christmas game for fun and learning this holiday season.

Editable Christmas Tree Four in a Row Literacy Printable

Free editable Christmas board games.

Free Printable Christmas Editable Board Game

Turkey literacy activity for word work.

Turkey Find and Cover the Word Free Printable Mats

Editable turkey word work mats for literacy and math centers.

Editable Turkey Spin and Build Word Work Printable Mats

Scarecrow theme editable word work mats.

Editable Scarecrow Spin and Build Word Work Printable Mats

Pumpkin word work mats for Google Slides and Seesaw.

Digital Pumpkin Feed Me Words Activity for Kindergarten

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Editable Pumpkin Bump Game for Word Work in Kindergarten

Apple theme find and cover sight word game.

Apple Tree Sight Word Find and Cover Printable for Kindergarten

Editable bump game with a fall apple theme.

Editable Apple Bump Game for Word Work in Kindergarten

Apple theme word work activity for fall literacy centers at back to school time.

Digital Apple Feed Me Word Work Activity

Editable back to school write the room activity for literacy centers.

Editable Back to School Write the Room Free Printable

A free printable sight word bump game for back to school season.

Editable Pencil Bump Game for Word Work Printable

Back to school theme sight word activity.

Digital Back to School Feed Me Words Activity

Ocean theme word work activity.

Editable Ocean Word Building Mats Free Printable

Ocean theme word work mats for Slides and Seesaw.

Digital Ocean Word Work Mats for Preschool and Kindergarten

Editable word work worksheets for sight words and more!

Editable Sight Word Worksheets – Editable Word Work Printables

A space theme editable board game activity that is print and play!

Editable Space Theme Board Game Free Printable

Butterfly word building mats for Google Slides and Seesaw.

Digital Butterfly Word Building Mats for Preschool and Kindergarten

Free editable insect theme board game.

Editable Insect Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Printable flower word work activity.

Editable Flower Word Building Printable Mats

Flower word building activity for learning sight words.

Digital Flower Word Building Word Work Activity

Easter word work activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Editable Easter Word Building Digital Word Work Activity

Free printable Easter sight word building activity for literacy centers.

Editable Easter Word Building Mats for Preschool and Kindergarten

Free spring sight word write the room activity.

Editable Flower Sight Word Write the Room Free Printable

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Editable Spring Sight Word Activities

A fun one player board game that is editable and fun!

Editable Race and Trace Board Game for Word Work

Free paperless rainbow theme word building mats for Google Slides and Seesaw.

Editable Rainbow Word Building Digital Word Work Activity

Third grade sight word worksheets.

Free Printable Third Grade Sight Word Worksheets

Sight word worksheets for second grade sight word list.

Free Printable Second Grade Sight Word Worksheets

Paperless Valentine's Day word building activity.

Editable Valentine’s Day Word Building Digital Word Work Activity

Free first grade sight word worksheets.

Free Printable First Grade Sight Word Worksheets

Pre-K sight word worksheets for the pre-primer level.

Free Printable Pre-K Sight Word Worksheets

Free kindergarten sight word worksheets.

Free Printable Kindergarten Sight Word Worksheets

Superhero sight word mats for Google Slides and Seesaw.

Awesome Superhero Sight Word Mats for Google Slides and Seesaw

A fun snowman theme editable four in a row game for winter.

Editable Snowman Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Snowman word building activity that is editable and paperless.

Editable Snowman Word Building Digital Word Work Activity

Gingerbread word building activity for literacy centers.

Editable Gingerbread Word Building Mats Free Printable

Christmas stocking word work activity for Seesaw and Google Slides.

Editable Stocking Word Building Digital Activity

Digital fall leaves word building mats that are editable.

Editable Fall Word Building Digital Word Work Activity

Free printable farm theme board game.

Farm Theme Editable Board Game Free Printable

Sight word games and activities for Google Slides, Seesaw and Boom. Fun paperless ways to learn sight words!

Paperless Sight Word Activities for Google Slides and Seesaw

Fall 4 in a Row Game

Editable Fall Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Paperless pumpkin word building activity.

Digital and Editable Pumpkin Sight Word Building Mats

Editable and paperless word building mats for Seesaw and Google Slides.

Digital Apple Sight Word Building Mats That You Can Edit

Pet theme editable board game.

Free Printable Pet Theme Editable Board Game

Free printable word building mats for back to school.

Editable Back to School Word Building Mats

A fun back to school theme sight word activity.

Back to School Sight Word Building Mats for Google Slides and Seesaw

Spring flower theme digital sight word mats.

Digital Spring Sight Word Mats for Google Slides and Seesaw

A fun superhero editable board game for kindergarten, first grade, second grade.

Editable Superhero Board Game Free Printable

Free editable printable 4 in a row game for kids.

Editable Flower Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Printable flower theme board game that is editable so you can type words into it.

Editable Flower Word Work Board Game

Free printable robot board game to teach sight words, alphabet, math facts and more!

Editable Robot Board Game Free Printable

Rainbow sight word puzzle game

Rainbow Secret Code Word Puzzles Editable Printable

Rainbow 4 in a row game that is editable. Perfect for learning sight words and phonics in spring literacy centers.

Editable Rainbow Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Valentine's theme editable spinner board game.

Editable Valentine’s Day Word Work Board Game Printable

A free printable write the room activity for Valentine's Day.

Editable Valentine’s Day Sight Word Write the Room Printable

A fun dental health theme activity.

Dental Health Editable Tracing Cards Printable

A fun editable four in a row game with a penguin theme for winter math and literacy centers.

Editable Penguin Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Snowman word building activity for word work centers this winter.

Free Printable Snowman Word Building Mats for Winter

A fun editable snowman theme board game.

Editable Snowman Word Work Board Game Free Printable

A free printable write the room activity for Christmas. This editable write the room activity is perfect for Christmas literacy centers.

Editable Gingerbread Sight Word Write the Room Printables

Fall word building mats for kindergarten, first grade, or second grade.

Free Printable Fall Word Building Mats

The kids will love this editable pumpkin sight word write the room activity! It is perfect for pumpkin literacy centers in kindergarten or first grade this fall. Teach sight words, CVC words, spelling words and more!

Editable Pumpkin Sight Word Write the Room Printables

These pumpkin word building mats are perfect for literacy centers during your pumpkin theme. Teach names, sight words, spelling words and more this fall with this fun pumpkin activity.

Editable Pumpkin Word Building Activity Mats Printable

The kids will love this editable apple sight word write the room activity! It is perfect for fall literacy centers in kindergarten or first grade.

Editable Apple Sight Word Write the Room Printables

Apple word building mats for word work in your literacy centers this fall. Teach sight words, spelling words, and even names!

Editable Apple Word Building Activity Mats Printable

This low-prep roll and write your name activity makes learning to write your name a fun, hands-on experience. So skip the name worksheets and try this!

Printable Roll and Write Your Name Activity for Back to School

This no-prep spin and write your name activity makes learning to write your name a fun, hands-on experience. So skip the name worksheets and try this!

Printable Spin and Write Your Name Activity for Back to School

This editable my home board game is perfect for your all about me theme! Use it to teach sight words, letter identification, letter sounds, math facts and more!

Editable My Home Printable Board Game

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Anyone (of any age!) who’s interested in increasing their English vocabulary or literacy skills needs to be familiar with sight words—what they are, how they work in the English language, and which words are considered sight words!

One effective way to master sight words is by playing games. Science shows that high-quality educational games can be effective tools to help you learn new concepts and skills. And hey—who doesn’t want to have fun while learning?

To help you choose sight word games that are proven to be effective at increasing vocabulary and enhancing literacy skills, we’ve compiled a full guide to sight word games and activities for you. Included in this article are:

  • A definition of what sight words are and why they’re important
  • Three do-it-yourself sight word games
  • Three physical sight word games
  • Three digital sight word games and sight word apps

So by the end of this post, you’ll have nine sight word games and activities that can help you improve both your vocabulary and reading skills!

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What Sight Words Are (and Why They’re Important)

Here’s one way to define “sight words”: sight words are words in the English language that you need to be able to recognize the meaning of right when you see them . That’s why they’re called sight words: you need to be able to recognize them and know what they mean on sight. 

But how is this type of word different from other words that you read? Don’t we recognize the meaning of all words when we look at them? Well, not exactly. We recognize the meaning of most words in the English language through a process called decoding . As we learn to read, we get the hang of letter-sound relationships and letter patterns, which allows us to pronounce words correctly and begin recognizing words we haven’t seen before. 

Kinda cool, right?

Most people learn how to decode words through phonics instruction in school. But, here’s how sight words are different from all those other words that we learn to decode through phonics: sight words defy standard phonetic patterns and must be memorized. Memorizing sight words is important because sight words account for around 75% of beginning reading material . For children and adults who struggle to recognize sight words, learning to read is going to be a challenging process. 

When we’re able to recognize sight words, we can focus instead on meaning and comprehension while reading, instead of having to decode every single word. You can actually find several lists of common sight words online, but it’s important to know that U.S. schools usually use the Dolch or Fry Sight Word lists. Most often, children begin learning sight words in kindergarten in the United States, but many, many people learn English or acquire full, functional literacy at a much later age in the U.S. as well. 

But what do games and sight word activities have to do with memorizing all of these words? A lot, actually. Literacy learners of all ages are able to memorize sight words more quickly through repeated practice, but reviewing the same material over and over can become tedious or stressful for language learners. Gamifying literacy learning can help learners who struggle with memorization learn more quickly, be more attentive while they practice, and increase their confidence in their ability to learn to read. 

Now that you know what sight words are and why they’re so important to literacy learning, let’s look at nine different sight word games that you can play to increase your knowledge of sight words!

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Do-It-Yourself Sight Word Games

If you’re looking for an affordable way to help someone memorize sight words, there are plenty of inexpensive sight word activities that you can put together on your own! Here are three tried and true, do-it-yourself sight word activities for people of all ages. 

DIY Flash Cards

  • Cost: Free if you’re already stocked up on blank paper and a marker!
  • Best For: All ages 

While there are definitely sight word flash cards that you could buy pre-made online, you can also make flash cards using your own materials at home. To create your own sight word flash cards, all you’ll need is a pen or marker and blank notecards! 

Sight word flash cards are good for children and adults working on their English literacy and vocabulary. Working through flash cards can help you recognize sight words more quickly and memorize them. You can also use flash cards for practice in the following ways: 

  • Practice saying the word aloud when you see it on the flash card
  • Practice saying the word aloud, then spelling it aloud
  • Practice reading the word, writing it yourself, then saying it aloud

Making flash cards is an especially good activity for kids. They’ll have fun decorating their cards, which has an added bonus of sneaking in some extra study time, too. 

To create sets of sight word flash cards, you’ll probably want to use the Dolch and/or Fry Sight Word Lists, since these lists correspond with those used by teachers in school. Luckily, those are available online for free at the links above. You can use flash cards to study at school, work, or home, or take them on the road for practice as well!

Put Together a Word Search

  • Cost: Free if you’ve got paper and pen on hand already!
  • Best For: Kindergarten and up 

Creating and/or completing a word search that includes several sight words can be an excellent way to practice picking out sight words quickly. Creating a word search is pretty easy! All you need is a piece of paper, a pen, and a list of sight words that you can incorporate into the word search. For a tutorial on creating your own word search, check out this resource . 

If you have a friend, classmate, or fellow parent who is learning sight words or helping someone else learn sight words, you can create word searches and exchange them with each other. Not only will you get in extra practice, you’ll also make friends with a study partner who can help you practice your words. 

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You can repurpose an old Candy Land game and turn it into a sight word extravaganza...for free!

Sight Words Book Land

  • Cost: Free, if you already have all the materials, o r about $13 for a Candy Land board game on Amazon
  • Best For: People ages 5 and up 

We’re going to get into some board games you can purchase to practice learning sight words in the next section, but did you know you can also create your own sight word board games with materials you have at home? Sight Words Book Land is one DIY board game option, if you’re feeling a little crafty! 

Sight Words Book Land is modeled after the popular kids’ game, Candy Land, and provides a fun, engaging format for sight word repetition. The game can accommodate two to four players, which is great for family learning. 

To create your own version of the game, you’ll need the following materials: 

  • Book Land Board, which you can download here
  • Book Land Cards, which you can download here
  • A color printer, or access to one
  • Game pieces of some kind

Alternatively, if you don’t want to print out your own game board and cards, you can repurpose an old Candy Land game for Sight Words Book Land. If you use a list of sight words online, you can write them on the old Candy Land game cards yourself!

To play, each player starts with their game piece on the “start” arrow, then takes turns drawing cards and attempting to successfully read the word printed on the card aloud. When a player reads the word on a card correctly, they move their game piece forward according to the colored dots on the card they drew. The first player who gets to the end of the board wins! 

If you're not the crafty type, there are plenty of sight word games you can buy, too.  

Physical Sight Word Games

When we say “physical” sight word games, we mean word games that use physical materials, like board games or card games. (Don’t worry: we’ll talk about digital games and apps a little later.)

For many learners, having a tactile learning experience can help them memorize sight words more effectively. We’ve listed four physical sight word games that you can purchase in stores or online to help you practice learning sight words by heart.

Key Education Sight Word Space Station Game

  • Cost: About $20 on Amazon
  • Best For: Kindergarteners to second graders

If you’re looking specifically for kindergarten sight words games, Sight Word Space Station could be a great choice! This multiplayer board game can be ordered online and includes all the materials children need to practice reading and memorizing sight words.

This game is designed for kindergarten through second graders to help this age group practice reading and memory skills by identifying pairs of sight words. Up to eight players can participate in this concentration-style game, which includes 96 game cards total, and 48 color-coded, high- frequency sight word cards. As an added bonus, you can limit the number of card pairs that are in play to make the reading tasks less overwhelming for stressed or reluctant readers. 

Oh, and here’s where the space theme comes in: as matched cards are removed from the game board, an alien space station is slowly revealed. Past parent purchasers tout this feature as a major point of interest for their youngsters!

Sight Words Four in a Row

  • Cost: About $7 on Amazon Prime for the Connect Four game, and an additional $3 for sight word flash cards
  • Best For: Kindergarten and up

Sight Words Four In A Row uses materials from the familiar game Connect Four in order to build learners’ confidence with sight words through repetition and quick reading. To recreate this sight word activity, you need a Connect Four board, Connect Four pieces, and a stack of sight word flash cards. 

Now, here’s how you play Sight Words Four In A Row: get two players together, place the Connect Four board between them, and take turns drawing a flash card from the stack and attempting to read the corresponding sight word aloud. Each time a player reads the sight word on a flash card aloud correctly during their turn, that player gets to drop a game piece into one of the Connect Four board slots . The first player to place four game pieces in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally wins! 

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Sight Word Bingo

  • Cost: About $7 on Amazon
  • Best For: People ages 5 and up

Another classic sight words kindergarten game is Sight Word Bingo. Like several of the board games and card games we’ve mentioned, you could make your own sight word bingo at home, but if you don’t have the time or interest, there are Sight Words Bingo games out there that you can purchase online and have delivered to your doorstep!

Sight words bingo works pretty much exactly like regular bingo. The caller calls out the word on a card or shows the card, then players search their cards for a match. If they find the sight word on their playing mat, they cover it with a chip. Learners get practice reading 46 words, increase their vocabulary and word recognition, and build reading and spelling skills. 

There are many variations of sight word bingo games that you could purchase, but most versions comes with 35+ playing cards, 260+ playing chips, calling cards, caller’s mat, answer guide, and a storage box. They also come in different difficulty levels: we’ve linked to an easier game, but don’t be afraid to bump up the challenge. 

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There are some great apps out there that can help you take your studying on the go! 

Digital Sight Word Games and Sight Word Apps

The last category of sight word activities we want to give you some options for is sight word apps and sight word games online. We’ve selected games that you can play on desktop or mobile so that you can have sight word games with you wherever you go. 

Learn Sight Words

  • Cost: Free! 

Learn Sight Words is an iPhone and iPad app designed for children. The 300+ sight word flash cards are based on the Dolch Word List (which we linked to above) and can be used for various forms of sight word practice. Reviewers say that if you’re looking for a sight words kindergarten game that’s compatible with what children are learning in school, Learn Sight Words is a great choice!

Children can use the app themselves to read sight words, listen to sight words, practice with app-generated mixes of 25 sight words per day, flag difficult words for extra practice, and view words in alphabetical or random order based on their grade level (the app has settings for pre-k through third grade). As an added bonus, the app’s “read aloud” feature can be temporarily turned off so children can practice saying the words aloud all on their own!

This sight words app doesn’t have a lot of fancy bells and whistles, but it’s easy for children to use for straightforward practice with sight words. 

The Sight Word Adventure

  • Cost: About $3

If you’re looking for a more immersive sight word game experience, The Sight Word Adventure is a great pick. This app offers seven different sight word games based on games children will likely be familiar with already —like bingo and whack-a-mole—and features a friendly kangaroo as a guide through the different games. 

The app allows you to select a level, ranging from pre-k to third grade, and tailors the sight word games to the designated learning level. The games are also structured into two categories: reading games and writing games. The reading games help learners recognize complete sight words, and the writing games test their ability to reproduce the words on their own. 

Parents might be interested to know that the app is customizable: you can include new sight words or prioritize specific words based on your child’s progress, which is trackable through the app’s parental dashboard. Finally, The Sight Word Adventure app is Voice-Over compatible, making it accessible to learners with disabilities. 

E ducation.com Sight Words Games

  • Cost: Free!

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for sight words kindergarten games, check out the various online games provided by Education.com. Their repository of free sight word games includes everything from puzzles, to time-based challenges, to digital card games—and they’re paired with lively narration and engaging sound effects. 

Each game in the Education.com collection is prefaced by a one-paragraph description of the skills children will learn and practice, which age group the game is ideal for, and the option to view which state or national learning standards the game aligns with. The variety of types of sight word games available on this single site will keep children interested in learning sight words!

The only caveat here is that you’ll need to create an account with Education.com, and when you set up your account, you’ll be asked to indicate if you’re a parent or teacher. In other words, if you’re interested in using this resource for your own child or your students, you’ll have to do all of the online registration yourself. Additionally, since this is an online portal, you’ll want to supervise your children as they play. (The online-only aspect makes this resource super convenient for adult learners, though!) 

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What’s Next?

If you love learning through games, we have many more recommendations on our blog. Be sure to check out our posts on spelling games , learning games for toddlers , and alphabet games .

If you’re working on your sight words, you may be interested in building some of your other vocabulary skills, too. Here’s an article on the 265 vocab words you should know to help you improve your vocabulary even more.

Vocabulary and literacy go hand-in-hand. To learn more about how to improve your reading comprehension skills, be sure to check out this resource . It’s full of expert advice and helpful tips for young adult and adult learners. 

These recommendations are based solely on our knowledge and experience. If you purchase an item through one of our links, PrepScholar may receive a commission.

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Today I’m sharing some simple sight word activities that you can prepare in minutes!

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So what are sight words, anyway?

Some people will tell you that sight words are words that kids can’t sound out; they just have to learn them by sight . Others tell you that sight words are the high frequency words: the words that kids encounter the most when they read.

But researchers tell us that sight words are words we recognize automatically without needing to sound out or guess.

The real question is … how can we turn high frequency words INTO sight words? 

The number one thing to do is to teach each word explicitly. That’s why I created my set of sight word lessons with decodable books.

Once you’ve taught the words with attention to the spelling patterns ( these sight word worksheets are also great for this), you’re ready for these low prep sight word activities that you can put together in under 15 minutes!

Low prep sight word activities

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1- It takes just 5 minutes to set up Sight Word Sticky Note Match.   Just write the words on sticky notes and have your child cover the words on a dry erase board!

2 – Grab your alphabet stamps and some play dough for this simple sight word activity . 

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3 – Write the words on sticky notes. Then have your child write them in sand .

4 – Teach sight word songs. 

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Just say no to busywork! These high frequency word worksheets are the real deal. They’ll help your students connect the sounds to the letters and finally master those sight words!

5 – Write the words on sticky notes. Then have your child swat each sight word   with a fly swatter as you name it!

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6 – Do fun actions with your sight words with This Reading Mama’s free action cards.

7 –   Write sight words in play dough with a stick or wooden skewer.

8 – Try chanting sight words in a variety of different ways – like a robot, a cheerleader, and more! You can get free sight word chants on TPT here .

HANDS-ON PRACTICE FOR SIGHT WORDS

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Teachers love our practice mats because they’re low-prep and effective. Kids love them because they’re engaging and hands-on!

9 – Make a sight word memory game . Just write each sight word on two different index cards. Then turn the cards over and invite your child to find the matches.

10 – Print these free sight word cards and build the words with letter tiles. When you join This Reading Mama’s free email list, you’ll get lots of free sight word cards! Learn more here .

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11- Learning is always more fun with dice! Grab these free rainbow roll & write pages for a variety of sight words. Kids roll a die, check the key at the top of the page, and write the word in a particular color.

12 – This is such a creative way to practice writing sight words! Find the words with a magnifying glass and write them on the lines. Get the freebie here .

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13 – Are you students learning beginning sight words? Print and play sight word blackout .

14 – Simply write your child’s sight words on a piece of paper and have him stamp them with alphabet stamps.

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15. Grab the play dough, a sheet protector, and a dry erase marker. Your child can build the word with play dough and write it on the lines below. Get the freebie here .

16 – Grab these free color-by-sight-word pages.

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17 – Get some colorful craft sticks and write the words with a permanent marker for some simple sight word puzzles .

18- Sight Word Showdown is both simple and genius! Just grab a stack of index cards and write each word twice. Then follow the directions in this post.

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19 – Write sight words in muffin tin liners and play a simple game of Three in a Row .

20 – Bury magnetic letters in a sensory material. Have children dig out the letters to build words .

21 – Make a sight word parking lot . Draw tiny parking spots on a piece of poster board, and write a sight word in each one. As you name the words, have your child park a toy car in each spot. Learn more here .

22- Practice writing sight words using a dry erase marker on a dry erase board.

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23- Write sight words on craft sticks and provide some magnetic letters for this portable sight word activity.

24 – Where’s the bear? Write the words on paper cups and hide a small bear or other tiny object. Your child guesses where the bear is hiding by naming the word on the cup.

25 – Go on a simple sight word hunt   by matching the sticky note sight words to the words on a clip board. (This one’s a favorite at our house.)

And there you have it! 25 low-prep ways to practice sight words!

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29 comments.

September 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm

I have been teaching for a long time. These are some of the same activities I have used with my students, however, I have not put them in a worksheet format. Thank you for this great website, for sharing these activities.

May 31, 2019 at 4:05 pm

I love the sight word books! It is exactly what I was looking for to help teach them to my 5 year old. I was disappointed to see that there was not a book for the word “like” that I could find. I will definitely be using this site often!

March 16, 2019 at 10:28 am

Great ideas! thank you so much for sharing! Sometimes people like me are not that creative and when you see posts like this, your world improves 🙂

March 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

I’m glad you liked this, Amanda!

Sarah Bartley

December 14, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Good Afternoon,

I purchased “25 low-prep sight word activities” this morning and still have not received it. Are you able to confirm that the purchase went through?

Laura Cherney

December 14, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Hi Sarah! Please check your inbox for an message from Customer Support. Thank you!

September 13, 2018 at 6:16 pm

I just printed your free pre-primer sight words worksheets and am excited about using them with my kindergartner, who is struggling with these. My only disappointment is that the collection did not include all 60 of the Dolch pre-primer words. Any chance they will be available in the future?

September 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Every list I’ve found has 40 preprimer sight words, so that’s what I’ve included in the free preprimer pack in the subscriber library.

Renata Cottone

March 21, 2018 at 6:24 am

Anna, you are amazing! I am a Special Education Resource Teacher and I use so many of your activities on a daily basis! You have inspired me as a teacher and the success is remarkable. Thank you! God bless you!

April 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Thank you SO much for your kind words, Renata!

July 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Very nice !! Thank you!

August 12, 2017 at 8:55 am

You’re welcome, Becki!

February 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

Thank you so much for your wonderful activities and games that you share

Anna Geiger

February 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

You’re very welcome, Mary, and thank you for reading!

February 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

Thank u so much!!!

February 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

You’re welcome, Mai!

February 11, 2017 at 8:13 pm

It is so nice for you to share your games. I was just looking us long vowel games. Your site was a great find. Thanks so much from a teacher in Oklahome.

February 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

You’re very welcome, Mary – I’m so glad you found my site!

February 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and resources. I am always amazed and grateful!

February 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

You’re very welcome, Tammy! 🙂

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Free Editable Sight Word Games

This year, my oldest child started kindergarten, and she LOVES it! Each week she brings home an index card with 5-8 sight words to learn and practice for homework. The teacher doesn’t mind  how we practice her sight words, as long as we’re working on them. Being a teacher mom, I wanted some worksheet-free editable sight word games we could play together.

But there was just one problem…  I needed to have editable sight word games that focused on the words she was currently working on, and those are rapidly changing! 

Well, I took matters into my own hands and made some editable sight word games myself!

4 Reasons We Love Editable Sight Word Games

Whether you’re reading this from the perspective of a teacher or a parent, I think I speak for most of us when I say we LOVE (and need!) no prep activities, right? We need engaging sight word activities that we can customize and prep in just a few minutes.

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#1: You Can Customize the Sight Words

Chances are most of your students are working on different sight words. That’s how I felt with my daughter’s sight words changing every week! I created editable sight word games where all you need to do is type in 5-6 sight words and they will autofill into the game boards! EASY PEASY! We also love playing matching games over here, so I included cards to play memory with up to 18 sight words.

#2: Sight Word Games Ready to Go in Minutes

Time is of the essence. The convenience of being able to print these games and use them immediately in the classroom or at home was incredibly important to how I designed these sight word games. 

#3: Fun Sight Word Themes

Who doesn’t love a fun theme? I know we don’t need 50+ sight word games for one holiday or season, but what if we had 5-6 quick games based on one theme? That sounds manageable and fun, right?

I’ve created small, editable sight word partner games with themes for sweet treats , apples , pumpkins , and gingerbread . Each themed set includes 5 print and go editable sight word games and matching cards for up to 18 words. I also created a bundle of all the themed sets here !

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#4: Kids Want to Play These Sight Word Games

Gone are the days when rote memorization was the primary method for teaching sight words. We have the opportunity to engage students through hands-on and interactive games that make the learning process both enjoyable and effective. Trust me, I played these editable sight word games with my daughter before ever sharing them with all of you! She loved them! I also think I shocked her when she found it that her mom actually  created the games we played. #momwin

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If you’re looking for some upper elementary sight word lists and checklists (for 3rd through 5th grades), here you go!

These lists can help you assess the sight word needs of your learners.

Psst! We also have K-2 sight word lists !

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Printable Elementary Sight Word Lists & Checklists

In this pack, you’ll find sight word lists and checklists for 3rd through 5th grades AND the first 200 most common sight words. They’re super handy to have an idea of the sight words your learners should be held accountable to reading/spelling or that you need to teach.

Where do these sight words come from?

  • The 3rd grade sight words come from Dolch 3rd grade and most of Fry’s third one-hundred words.
  • The 4th grade words come from online fourth grade word lists most of Fry’s fourth one-hundred words.
  • The 5th grade sight words come from online fifth grade word lists most of Fry’s fifth one-hundred words.

The reason I combined high frequency words from various lists is because most sight word lists are copyrighted. Essentially, it’s against the law to use the exact same words from one list. Pulling words from several lists also makes these sight word lists more comprehensive.

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Learners use a scrap piece of paper to cover all but one column of sight words. Learners go through the list and read each word. They uncover each column as they go. The goal is for learners to be able to read the word within one second of seeing it . {This is an example from our K-2 sight word lists, but the idea is the same.}

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Using the Sight Word Checklists:

  • On the sight word checklist, include your learner’s name and the date(s) of the assessment.
  • If learners skip the word or read it incorrectly, do not mark anything in the blank beside that sight word.
  • If learners take longer than one second, but still read the word correctly, place a vertical line ONLY in the blank (-).
  • If learners read the word correctly within one second, place a cross (+) to indicate they have mastered that word.
  • On subsequent assessments, learners can read all the words again, but listen specifically for the words with no marking or just a – in the blank to see if they can become a + this time.

using different pen colors to keep track on the sight word checklist

Helpful Tip: If you use a different colored pen every time you assess (making sure to also write the date in that particular color), you’ll be better able to keep track of WHEN your learners mastered each sight word.

For example, in the image above, I used red ink the first time I assessed. Blue ink was used on the second assessment.

So from my markings, I can tell that the learner read all within one second. About, after, and again  were also read the first time I assessed, but not within one second (hence the red horizontal line). The next time I assessed, the learner got about, after, and again within one second.

In this 3-5 pack, I’ve also included a 200 Common Sight Word list and checklist. It is a quick sight word assessment based on Fry’s first 200 words to get a good idea of your learner’s base line knowledge of sight words.

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If there are any of these words that give the learner trouble, these are the words that you need to start with. When learners miss too many on this extra list, they need to start back with the K-2 sight word lists .

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Once learners have been taught sight words, it’s time to hold them accountable to reading the spelling them. Grab our Elementary Spelling Folder to help you do this with your 3-5 learners.

Be sure to check out 20 EASY ways to practice sight words !

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10 Interactive Online Games to Teach Sight Words to Beginning Readers

Sight words and high frequency words are an important part of teaching new readers. These words have to be memorized, which means they require a lot of repetition and practice. I love using these online games to teach sight words in my classroom.

Sight word instruction can be really challenging in the classroom because you have a classroom filled with students who learn different things in different ways at different paces. 🥴

It requires so much repetition and practice, yet all of our students need those things in different ways.

I tackle sight word instruction from all sides. We read them in sentences , practice them with music and movement, do art projects, and more!

These 10 online games to teach sight words are FREE and super interactive. [Free as of August 2019] They give students the chance to practice identifying, matching and reading sight words, all while playing fun games.

Note: Did you know there is a difference between sight words and high frequency words? I thought they were the same for the longest time. Knowing their differences has helped me with my instruction. Read more about that here!

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Sight Word Bingo

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This classic bingo game from abcya.com is a favorite for all of my students. The little amoeba monster at the top says a word, then the student identifies it and clicks it.

This game words great on a computer or on an interactive white board. I have my students take turns at the SmartBoard in my classroom during a center or we do it whole group when we have a minute to spare.

No matter when we use it, it’s a student favorite. 👍🏼

Sight Word Smash

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Students love this fun, sight word identification game. The computer says a word. Then they use the pointer to find it and smash it.

I like this game because the word is on more than one block so students get the repetition of seeing and identifying the word multiple times!

Sight Word Memory

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There are many, many sight word memory games online but this one is my favorite. I like that the computer says the word as you flip the card, whether it’s a match or not.

Seeing and hearing a word multiple times is perfect for auditory and visual learners. I also appreciate that when they finish a level, they can keep playing with new words!

Sight Words in Space

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Students love this space themed sight word game. A cat says the word they are trying to find. Words float by in power cells and they have to click the right one.

The words are floating up so students have to identify them quickly. Just like in Sight Word Smash, words appear more than one time, too. 👏

Listen & Spell

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I absolutely love this Listen & Spell game! We know that readers struggle with sight words because they do not follow phonics rules or because they are too advanced. We also know that students learn to read and write words at the same time.

This game gives them the chance to spell sight words with a limited number of letters at the bottom. First it says the word, then students use the yellow letters to spell it. The only letters available are letters that are in the word.

Playing this game helps students move on from “identifying” to “creating” on Bloom’s Taxonomy, which we know helps make information stick. Students will gain confidence in writing their sight words as well as reading them!

Sight Word Jigsaw

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This identification game uses the same concepts as matching, except students are able to see all of the words at one time. They click the sound button on one of the yellow pieces to hear the word they are looking for. Then they find the blue word puzzle piece and drag it over.

I like that this game adds the element of looking at several words to find the correct one. It gives students practice at quickly identifying words by their beginning sounds.

Popcorn Words

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Students playing this game are working the popcorn machine at a movie theater. A monkey comes up to the counter and says a sight word. Students click on the correct sight word to give it to the monkey.

Once they have handed out 10 popcorn buckets correctly, they get to play a quick in-between game and then are promoted. Their goal is to become the manager. I’m sure it will not surprise you to hear that my students beg to play this game!

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This silly game is another favorite of my students. They are playing a kitten who bounces from yarn ball to yarn ball. The computer says a sight word. That word is on one of the four yarn balls in front of the one your kitten is on.

Students love this game because they are racing three other kittens. The winner is the one who reaches the couch at the end of the game first. They have to be quick at matching the sight word their hear to the correct ball of year if they want to win!

Note: this game has options at the beginning for choosing a color, a name, etc. You will want to teach your students how to do this quickly (and set that expectation) so that they can do it independently.

Starfall Sight Words

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Though I’ve already included a Memory Sight Word game, who doesn’t love Starfall? In this sight word game, the students need to determine if it is the same sight word by sight alone as it is not read until the match is made. But I love that they have three stars in the upper left corner to show their progress to the next level.

Once the student completes the game, they can move on to Level 2, where the sight words are slightly more difficult. The students love moving up a level to show their achievement!

My Reading Tools

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In My Reading Tools, students see a kangaroo get several tools to become a better reader. The first tool is a flashlight. He uses it to highlight words in a dark cave.

This game is more challenging than the rest because students are asked to finish the sentence with the word spelled correctly. The computer reads the sentence. Then students hover their flashlight around the cave to find the word. 🔦

In this example, I was looking for the word “again.” The other options in the cave were misspelled words “agin,” “agane,” etc. This game is perfect for students who are confidently reading many sight words and are ready for a challenge!

These 10 online games to teach sight words are perfect for giving students extra practice and lots of repetition during centers in my classroom. Did I miss any of your favorites? How do you like to practice sight words? Let me know below! 👇

Digital Sight Word Lessons with Practice

Are you looking for digital ways to teach sight words?

I mean, what’s the point of practicing a word (even with the fun and free sight word games shared above) if a student has not explicitly been taught a sight word? 🤔

For this very reason, I’ve created 150 sight word lessons with practice .

These Google Slides lesson and practice can be used with any free Google accounts and are so easy to assign in Google Classroom!

As you assign words to your students one at a time, they will learn, identify, build, read in context, and master the new sight word. It’s explicit instruction and practice, all in one.

Don’t just take my word for it, watch the lesson in action in the video below. 👇🏽

While the lessons DO have audio, this preview video does not. 🎧 Students can have the words and sentences read to them, if needed.

You can purchase the 150 Digital Sight Word Lessons and Practice (for use with Google Slides™️ on my website or TpT.

Click on the button below to purchase on my website (where you get lifetime access)!

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Sight Word Activities for First Grade

Sight word mastery is one of the BIGGEST things first graders are asked to do. However, word work feels a little stale after a while. We ask our students to drill the same words, the same way, all year long.

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You may be looking for some fresh ways to practice sight words with your students! Today, I have three sight word activity ideas for you to use in your classroom!

Sight Word Practice: Why we need it

It’s no secret that after the primary grades, reading complexity gets tougher! One of the biggest gifts we can give to our K-2 students is to prepare them with all of the tools they need to read complex texts . This includes helping them become fluent with words they can not decode. Boosting mastery in this area will help students access complex texts in upper grades. This is a skill we don’t want them to have to play catch up on later! {Read more about fluency HERE !}

Mystery Word Search

Mystery Word Search is one of my favorite activities to do with my students! To play, students walk around the classroom and “decode” the sounds in each word to determine the sight word. Then, they check their answer with the mystery decoder!

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This activity is themed with my ‘secret agent learning’ series. You can read more about Secret Agent Language Arts in THIS POST.

Fry Sight Word Sentences

One of the most proven ways to develop sight word fluency is through context. This sentence building activity allows students to create sentences using common sight words. Once they have their sentence built, they write it, edit for basic mechanics, and illustrate! This is the perfect way to build automaticity, while also helping students grow in other literacy skills !

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Snapping Sight Words

A great way to work in some fresh word practice is with hands-on activities! Set up a center where students can build words using snap cubes! I have word mats already created, so it’s easy for you to print, laminate, and store for years to come! On the mats, along with the word building, there is space for students to trace and write the word. The extra writing will help deepen the student’s memorization of that spelling , creating more fluency.

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Sight Word Reading

Another great way to give students practice with words, without doing the same drill activities, is to read them! These readers are a low-prep and low-maintenance way to engage your students in sight word reading. Plus, everything is superhero themed, so you know the kids love it!

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Use these ideas in your classroom to boost sight word fluency today! You can read about more activity ideas in this post!

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Use a sight words list to help your early learners soar into reading success! Take a look through this directory. Then select the resources that are most appropriate for your students.  

Remember that these word lists are valuable resources when planning classroom practice exercises and at-home learning activities. Don't miss the flash cards at the bottom of the page.

What are Dolch Sight Words? Read this explanation .

Dolch Sight Words List - By Grade Level

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Kindergarten sight words: A list of preprimer and primer sight words from the Dolch service list, along with several ways to practice the words with your young students. First grade sight words: Printable list of 40 1st grade sight words, along with ideas for practicing these words at home or at school. Second grade sight words:   List of 46 words divided into 3 sections for learning ease.

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Dolch sight words list: Printable list of the Dolch "service" sight words, arranged by grade level. These are essential non-noun words that young readers need to recognize instantly and spell easily.

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Dolch sight word nouns: An alphabetical list of the Dolch nouns. This is a great resource for making your own classroom games, word walls and worksheets. It's easy for kids to draw pictures of these words and use picture clues to help them read the words. Activities to Learn Basic Sight Words! - Try these fun ways for your students to learn sight words!

See this helpful list of tips for Teaching Sight Words .

Flash Cards

Practice your sight words list with a set of these flash cards. We used the Dolch words for these sets.

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Preprimer and primer sight words First grade sight words Second grade sight words Third grade sight words  

Fry's List of 1000 Instant Words 

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Fry's important list of sight words was compiled in order of frequency. Believe it or not, in his research, Dr. Fry found that just 25 words make up about 1/3 of of all printed English text. You'll find these words in Set 1 below.   The first 300 words make up 65% of all written text.  These words are essential for your beginning readers to read instantly and spell easily. Read more about this list at any of these links. Skim the lists to see which words are most appropriate for your learners (or yourself).  Then print and practice!

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Set 1 - First, Second, and Third Hundred words Set 2 - Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Hundred Words Set 3 - Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Hundred Words Sight word card s - Printable flash cards for Fry's First 100 Words

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Please note that we have lots of sight word games and activities to help provide plenty of fun practice with each important sight words list. 

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Did you know that sight words make up more than half of the words we read? So, it only makes sense that they are an important part of teaching kids how to read. Learning to read certainly doesn’t have to be boring though – it is exciting! These 27 awesome sight word activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten provide engaging, hands-on ways to build up sight word knowledge and increase reading skills!

*Pair with our EDITABLE Sight Word Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten !

These 27 awesome sight word activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten provide fun, hands-on ways to build sight word knowledge and reading skills!

Grab some chopsticks and have a blast reviewing words with this  Pick Up Sticks Sight Words Game . // JDaniel 4’s Mom

This  Sight Word Game  is a great way to build up fine motor skills and get in some spelling practice too! // Little Bins for Little Hands

Did somebody say chocolate? This  Chocolate Sight Words Tray  is a sensory-filled good time. // Natural Beach Living

Take your craft sticks and turn them into these easy DIY  Popsicle Stick Sight Word Puzzles . // And Next Comes L

Get up and move with a game of  Sight Words Parking Lot . // And Next Comes L

Recycle your old games and play  Scrabble Sight Words . // Kids Creative Chaos

These sight word activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten offer interactive learning fun.

Build scissor skills and handwriting skills with  Cut and Paste Sight Word Sentences . // The Kindergarten Connection

Popcorn Sight Words  is a fun way to review words with your little ones. // The Preschool Toolbox

Take some notecards and create these simple and fun  DIY Sight Word Puzzles . // 3 Dinosaurs

Print out these  Sight Word Wall Cards  and have words to read at your fingertips.  // 3 Dinosaurs

Serve up some words with this fun Sight Words Cafe  dramatic play center. // The Kindergarten Connection

Use your sticky notes for a fun word review game of  Sticky Note Sight Words . // The Kindergarten Connection

Incorporate fun materials like play dough, chalk, and sticky notes to practice sight words.

Grab some watercolors and make a “magic” rainbow with this  Rainbow Sight Words activity. // The Kindergarten Connection

This  Word Building Travel Kit  is great for on-the-go or as a classroom word work choice.  // I Heart Crafty Things

Another great use for sticky notes – make these fun  Word Towers ! // Planning Playtime

Anything monster themed is a hit with my kids, like this  Monster Munch Sight Word Eater . // The Craft Train

I have craft sticks in abundance, so this  Popsicle Stick Sight Word Game  is perfect for a fun word review. // Teach me Mommy

Have you tried  Playdough Sight Word Writing ? // Fantastic Fun and Learning

Scrabble tiles and popcorn also add tons of fun to sight word practice.

These  Sight Word Printables for any Word List are fun no matter what words you are working on! // The Kindergarten Connection

Grab some chalk and head outdoors for a game of  Sight Word Twister . // A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Stay active and on the move with a fun game of  Sight Word Soccer . // Coffee Cups and Crayons

Save those plastic bottlecaps and build  Caterpillar Sight Words . // This Reading Mama

Have fun with letter beads and try  Sight Word Beading . // In My World

Popsicle sticks and frosting can add an extra layer of hands-on fun to your sight word activities.

These  Simple Tools for Making Words With Playdough  make sight word practice even more fun.  // The Kindergarten Connection

Who knew Nerf Guns helped with learning sight words too? This  Shoot The Sight Words  game is sure to be a hit!  // 1+1+1 Equals One

These crayon  Sight Word Rubbings  are a fun, sensorial way to learn sight words. // Sugar Aunts

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    1. Map it and drive it. @droppinknowledgewithheidi/LEGO sight word activity via Instagram. This is a genius way to introduce words with appealing materials: Say the word, represent each sound with a LEGO brick, write letters for each sound, and "drive" to read it. Learn more: @droppinknowledgewithheidi.

  2. 10 Hands-On Sight Word Activities that Your Students will BEG to do!

    Sight Word Fly Swat. Materials: Two sets of sight words cards and a fly swatter. Set Up: Lay one set of cards out in a grid, face up. Put the second set of cards face down in a stack as a draw pile. Activity: P1 pics up a card from the draw pile and reads the card. P2 finds the word and swats it with the fly swatter.

  3. 10 Engaging Activities and Games for Teaching Sight Words

    Choose about 10 sight words to match. 2. Take Turns Matching - Invite students to take turns flipping two cards at a time and trying to find matching sight words. 3. Reward Correct Matches - If students find two cards with matching words, they can keep them and get the point or reward. 4.

  4. 51 Sight Word Activities and Games at Home or School

    Try these sight word activities to solidify those pesky sight words. Sight Word Drag Racing - Playdough to Plato. Sight Word Salt Tray - Mama Papa Bubba. Sidewalk Sight Words - 123 Homeschool 4 Me. Sight Word Stairs - Hands On As We Grow. Hop on Popcorn Sight Words - ObSEUSSed. Word Garden - Finding the Teachable Moments.

  5. Editable Sight Word Activities For Any List

    Features. Use with any word list (10 words on a sheet) Editable and Autofills. Instantly creates 27 different worksheets. Words can vary 2-10 letters in length. Kid-friendly and highly engaging activities. Enter your words once and it autofills everything in seconds. Huge time saver!

  6. 15 of the BEST Sight Words Activities

    This resource includes no prep printables for the first 300 words on the Fry's Word List. Students can practice each word through 7 different activities. Find and Circle. Write the Word. Box the Word. Draw the Word. Count the Syllables. Fill in the Blank. Use the Word in a Sentence.

  7. 100+ Best Sight Word Activities: Games, Printables & Hands-On Fun

    Get Reading on a Sight Word Reading Treasure Hunt. Sight Word Chatterboxes for Fun Word Play «« Printable. Sight Word Secret Spy Find & Write «« Printable. Sight Words Sensory Bag. Sight Word Hunt. Make Sight Words with Alphabet Rocks. Stamp & Spell Playdough Sight Words.

  8. FREE Sight Words Worksheets & Printables

    So far, I've created activities and sight words worksheets for grades pre-k to grade 1. And I keep making new ones, so make sure to come back and get more of my free printables. Sight word list. Download the free printable Dolch sight word list for pre-k, kindergarten, and grade 1 below. I also designed Fry's first 100 words list for your ...

  9. 20 Sight Word Games, Activities, and Reading Ideas

    Play 10 fun games such as whack-a-mole, letter scramble, and hide-and-seek to practice 320 sight words at five levels. Sight Word Games. With a section for learning and one for playing games, this new app from This Reading Mama gives kids more ways to practice their words, including Hangman and Bingo. Sight Word Bingo.

  10. Sight Words Worksheets, Lists, Practice [FREE Printables!]

    See all of our sight words worksheets and activities for practice and more. Lots of free downloads! Includes 220 Dolch sight words: pre-primer (preschool, pre-K), primer (kindergarten), 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades, and bonus 95 nouns. Includes 1000 Fry sight words: kindergarten/1st grade, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th/5th grades. LIKE OUR RESOURCES? Follow Us on ...

  11. 100+ Free Sight Word Activities and Games for Kids

    100+ Free Sight Word Activities and Games for Kids. February 16, 2023. These free sight word activities and sight word games require very little prep and are super easy to differentiate for any level. Better yet, the kids will beg to play them! Most are editable so you can use them for any high frequency words or heart words you are teaching.

  12. The 9 Best Sight Word Games for Kids and Adults

    Cost: About $7 on Amazon Prime for the Connect Four game, and an additional $3 for sight word flash cards. Best For: Kindergarten and up. Sight Words Four In A Row uses materials from the familiar game Connect Four in order to build learners' confidence with sight words through repetition and quick reading.

  13. 25 low-prep sight word activities

    19 - Write sight words in muffin tin liners and play a simple game of Three in a Row. 20 - Bury magnetic letters in a sensory material. Have children dig out the letters to build words. 21 - Make a sight word parking lot. Draw tiny parking spots on a piece of poster board, and write a sight word in each one.

  14. 23 ENGAGING Sight Word Activities (2024)

    2. On the bag, write several sight words that you are working on or want your child to practice. 3. In the ziplock bag, squirt both hair gels packs inside, drop several drops of food coloring in, place the coin in, and zip the bag shut. 4. Massage the bag, so the food coloring and hair gel get all over the bag!

  15. Sight words: An evidence-based literacy strategy

    Read: How to use this three-part strategy. Objective: Students will increase the number of sight words they can recognize instantly without decoding. Grade levels (with standards): K (Common Core Literacy RF.K.2: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words; RF.K.3.C: Read common high-frequency words by sight)

  16. Free Editable Sight Word Games

    Free Editable Sight Word Game. If you find yourself wanting to try these editable sight words games, I'm sharing a free game below! In the Collect the Cookies sight word board game, you will type 6 sight words and they'll autofill into all the spaces on the board. And don't worry, the blue highlighting won't show up when you go to print!

  17. Elementary Sight Word Lists & Checklists {3rd-5th grade}

    The 5th grade sight words come from online fifth grade word lists most of Fry's fifth one-hundred words. The reason I combined high frequency words from various lists is because most sight word lists are copyrighted. Essentially, it's against the law to use the exact same words from one list. Pulling words from several lists also makes ...

  18. 10 Interactive Online Games to Teach Sight Words to Beginning Readers

    Students love this space themed sight word game. A cat says the word they are trying to find. Words float by in power cells and they have to click the right one. The words are floating up so students have to identify them quickly. Just like in Sight Word Smash, words appear more than one time, too. 👏.

  19. Sight Word Activities for First Grade

    Mystery Word Search is one of my favorite activities to do with my students! To play, students walk around the classroom and "decode" the sounds in each word to determine the sight word. Then, they check their answer with the mystery decoder! This activity is themed with my 'secret agent learning' series. You can read more about Secret ...

  20. 15 Fun Kindergarten Sight Words Activities (Free File)

    Sound Wall Activities. 3. Cheer the Sight Words. Having a sound wall is fantastic, but unless you use it, it is just wallpaper. As kindergarten students work on learning sight words, we add physical activity! These are so much fun and offer a multisensory activity.

  21. A Sight Words List for Every Primary Grade and Sight Word Activities

    Dolch Sight Words List - By Grade Level. Kindergarten sight words: A list of preprimer and primer sight words from the Dolch service list, along with several ways to practice the words with your young students. First grade sight words: Printable list of 40 1st grade sight words, along with ideas for practicing these words at home or at school.

  22. 24 Sight Word Games and Activities for Kindergarten

    These activities are simple and fairly self explanitory! #16 Write the sight words on top of the plastic cups. Then play a little "shell game" with your students (without the gambling.) You can also use small paper cups for this activity. #17 Shaving cream is ALWAYS a good idea!

  23. 27 Awesome Sight Word Activities

    Get up and move with a game of Sight Words Parking Lot. // And Next Comes L. Recycle your old games and play Scrabble Sight Words. // Kids Creative Chaos. Build scissor skills and handwriting skills with Cut and Paste Sight Word Sentences. // The Kindergarten Connection. Popcorn Sight Words is a fun way to review words with your little ones.