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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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15 of the BEST Sight Words Activities

  • 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. ❤️

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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. ?

Written by: Janessa Fletcher

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  • Mar 27, 2023
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10 Engaging Activities and Games for Teaching Sight Words

Updated: May 30, 2023

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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!

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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!

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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.

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Teaching sight words is often thought of as something done in the primary grades as students are learning to read. However, they should not be overlooked in the upper elementary classroom.  Here’s why sight words are important in the upper elementary classroom and some fun, easy ways to teach them.

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Build Reading Fluency and Comprehension

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The 1,000 words on the Fry Sight Word List is comprised of the 1,000 most commonly found words in reading material at a 3rd – 9th grade reading level.  These sight words are also referred to as high frequency words due to the fact that they are the most frequently used words in the English language.

If a student can read all 1,000 words on the Fry Sight Word List, then they will be about to read approximately 90% of the words in a typical book, newspaper or website.  If they fluently read 90% of all the words then they are well on their way to excellent reading fluency and comprehension .

Make sight words a daily part of your reading instruction.  Teach the grade level appropriate words to the class, or differentiate instruction based on the words students need to learn and teach them in small groups.

Better Spelling Skills

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Make sight words part of your weekly spelling list.  Sight words don’t have to make up the entire spelling list, although they could.  But by adding 2-5 sight words to each week’s spelling list students will be mastering the spelling of the most commonly used words in the English language.  This will help their writing and reading skills.

Build Strong Vocabulary Skills

The 1,000 words on the Fry Sight Word List are comprised of words from all different parts of speech.  Knowing the meaning of these words and how to properly use them will help students in both reading and writing.  If students are able to fluently read and understand these words, then they are better able to use context clues and inferencing to focus on the words they do not know.

Similarly, knowing the meaning of these words allows students to use them in their writing to better express their thoughts and ideas.  As students are learning to form more complex sentences, sight words and high frequency words will play a big part in the developmental process.

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Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

It’s important for students to not only be exposed to the sight words and high frequency words, but to also have learning tools in place for using them.  These sight word cards are a versatile tool that can be used in a variety of ways to support sight word instruction.

Sight Word Cards for Fry Sight Word List

1. Build Sight Word Instruction into Your Daily Schedule

Introducing new sight words or practicing sight words does not have to take a long time.  In fact, it can be done in just a couple minutes a day.

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  • Display a Word of the Day in the front of the room.  In 5 minutes or less students can practice reading, spelling and discussing the meaning of the word.  At the end of the day add the word to word wall.
  • Project a page or 2 of flash cards and have students read them together.
  • Set a timer for 1 minute and see how many words the class can read.  Project the cards and go through each page until the time runs out.

2. Add Sight Words to Your Word Wall

These cards are the perfect size for adding to your classroom word wall. Have these words displayed on the word wall gives students a classroom tool they can use as needed.  You can also give copies of the cards to your students and allow them to create a personal sight word dictionary in a notebook.  This creates a personal learning tool they can use any time they need help spelling a word or determining its meaning.

sight word notebook helps students with reading spelling and vocabulary

3.  Use for Games

These sight word cards are great for using in classroom games too.  Simply add these cards to any game and students can practice reading, spelling, or defining the words.  You choose the focus based on what students are learning or where they need additional practice.  This also makes an easy way to differentiate a game for students at different reading levels.

4. Sight Word Hunt

Display the cards for the words the class is working on.  Encourage students to hunt for these words in books, the newspaper or other places they find written words.  As students find the words in use, have them take a picture of the word or make a copy.  Display the word card with pictures of the words in context on a bulletin board.  Not only will this help reinforce the learning of the words, but this will help students connect their learning to their everyday lives.

word detective bulletin board to find sight words in everyday life

5. Writing Challenge

Project sight word cards that the class is learning or has previously learned.  Challenge the class to write a story using all of the words that are listed.  This is a great way to informally assess a students knowledge of the word and its meaning.  Students can write about any topic but must find a way to weave these words into their story.  Not only do students like the challenge of including the words, but it is a great way to practice using the spelling and vocabulary aspects in a real world application.

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

sight word activities for upper grades

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 .

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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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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!

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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?

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December 14, 2021 at 2:14 pm

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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!

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You’re very welcome, Tammy! 🙂

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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

And more kindergarten sight word practice sheets here:

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

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

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

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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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20 Sight Word Games, Activities, and Reading Ideas

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If your child is learning to read, then you know that sight words are high-frequency words common in most text, words like the , and, they , or she . Knowing these words at a glance makes reading easier. Here you’ll find sight word games, apps, multi-sensory activities, and reading ideas. I recommend trying multiple approaches to engage your child’s different modalities of learning these words.

Also, it’s important to note that schools generally use either the Dolch or the Fry Sight Word lists. The lists are slightly different so make sure you know which one to use.

Games bring an element of fun and playfulness to learning. Since many of these games ask for sight word playing cards, make your own using index cards or download free printable cards here for the Dolch list and here for the Fry list.

Memory Make your own card deck with two of each sight word. Shuffle. Place the cards face down in rows. When it’s your turn, turn over two cards and try to get a matching pair. If you don’t have a match, turn the cards back over. The winner is the player with the most pairs. (See example on Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails .)

Bingo Download premade bingo cards grouped by levels of sight words here . Or, make your own bingo cards with the specific group of words your child is learning.

Scavenger Hunt Make a list of sight words and a corresponding sticky note for each word on the list. Have your child find the sticky note somewhere in your house and match the word with the corresponding word on the master list.

Go Fish We played this game a lot when my youngest learned her words. Make a set of sight word pairs (or make four like the original game) for each word. You’ll probably want at least 30 cards. Deal out five cards to each player. Play using the Go Fish rules — either looking for two or four cards to make a set.

Ukloo We love this store-bought treasure hunt because it helps kids practice reading sight words. The game clues come in three levels, each has clues written primarily with sight words. We made it inexpensive by finding the silliest “treasures” we could find such as a gum wrapper or paper clip.

Zingo!  Kids won’t even care they’re practicing sight words because this Bingo game makes practice such a blast.

Technology often motivates kids to learn, which is why sight word apps can be a helpful tool. Try these learning apps and see which one your child enjoys most.

Bob Books Reading Magic Sight Words Read the highlighted word in a sentence and practice writing by dragging the letters to the spaces at the bottom.

Gappy Learns Reading Fill in the missing letter or letters to make bridges for the rabbit to cross and get home. Includes both three letter words and sight words.

The Sight Word Adventure 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 My kids loved the cute monsters in this entertaining Bingo game that uses the Dolch words.

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We have many senses other than our visual and auditory senses that can be engaged for optimum learning. These activities add in movement and touch.

Chants With these chants, your child will work to learn the words while moving and acting like an animal.

Play Dough Mats Using play dough and a sight word mat, make the letters of each sight word. Then write the words below.

Magnet Letters Make your sight words on a magnetic surface using magnetic letters.

Wikki Stix or Pipe Cleaners Build your sight words using Wikki Stix or pipe cleaners.

Beads Practice your words by threading letter beads onto pipe cleaners to make each one.

Flash Cards You’ll want a list of the words your child needs to learn so that you can make your own flash cards or buy them. Then tackle a few each day. When your child has learned a word, post it on a wall to celebrate. Soon you’ll have a wall filled with words they can read!

Bob Books Bob Books are short leveled books that help children learn a few words at a time, practice those words in the books, and then move on to reading more. We found them to be a very helpful resource.

Sentence Cards These are printable cards with a sight word and the sight word used in a short sentence. They don’t just increase a child’s sight word bank, they also improve reading skills too.

Printable Leveled Booklets These are short, printable books that you can download for free or for a small price that are text controlled. In other words, you can choose the appropriate reading level with what specific sight words your child needs to learn.

Have other tips for how to help kids learn sight words? Share in the comments below.

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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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Try our new Sight Words easy crossword puzzle ! Students will complete each sentence with a sight word, then write the sight word again in the puzzle. Fun practice!

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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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These hands on sight word activities are effective and fun. They can be done at home with pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade. These affordable educational activities make practicing sight words fun!

Teaching kids to read is so much easier (and fun!) with hands-on activities like these sight word games.

Before my children were born I was a kindergarten teacher in a public classroom.  Teaching little ones to read was a huge part of my job. 

I loved it!  I was blessed with an administrator that was happy to let me teach how I saw fit – which was mostly through hands-on guided play. I spent quite a bit of time putting together games with sight words for kindergarten.

At any given time one group of kids was purposely moving around the classroom for an activity, another was sitting on the carpet with me for direct instruction, and another group was sitting at their table quietly working on a hands-on activity. They were all working on improving their reading skills.

It is amazing what children can learn while they are playing .

Years later, I began doing these hands-on sight word activities with my own children while teaching them to read.  I believe that a balanced reading program includes phonics and sight words.  Phonics teach letter sounds while sight words are high-frequency words, some of the most common words for kids to memorize. 

The sight word folder technique is a great way to work on memorizing sight words, but these hands-on sight word activities are some of the best ways to make it fun.

Quick and Easy Sight Word Games and Activities

These hands on sight word activities are effective and fun. They can be done at home with pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade. These affordable educational activities make practicing sight words fun!

1. Find letters to build the words in a sensory table or tub

This is one of my favorite sight word activities because you only need to set it up once for the entire year (or longer!).  The set up is incredibly simple too:

  • Choose a lidded bin to act as a portable sensory table.
  • Fill the bin with a sensory filler such as rice, dry pasta, or dry beans. Dying rice and noodles can make the sight word sensory bin more appealing, but isn’t necessary.
  • Add letter tiles.  The Dollar Store or the Target Dollar Spot are great places to find inexpensive alphabet letters.  You will need multiples of each letter, so you might need to buy several packs.
  • Set up a list of sight words to build next to the new sight word sensory bin. There is a sign-up box further down to receive a complete list of Dolch sight words.

Kids dig through the sensory bin to find the letters needed to build the sight word.

2. Cotton ball toss

This was always one of my son’s favorite sight word activities.  Throwing something inside the house seemed to ramp up the appeal.  This can be a fun way to practice sight words when kids need to get some wiggles out.

A muffin tin usually has 12 spots, making this a great game for sight word review.

  • Write one sight word on each muffin tin paper liner .
  • Kids toss a cotton ball (or balled up sock, mini eraser, small plush animal – anything that will fit in the hole without breaking or bouncing out) into the muffin tin.
  • They read the sight word on that muffin tin liner.
  • Repeat until all of the sight words are read or interest is gone.

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3. Sight word hunt around the house

A sight word hunt is a great way to get kids moving. Active lessons have even been shown to increase learning . It is a fun activity that keeps kids interested in learning.

  • Write sight words on post it notes and hide them around the house.  You can practice as many sight words as you would like, but only put one sight word on each post it note.
  • Give the child a clip board , a list of the hidden sight words, and a pencil.
  • Kids search for the hidden sight words.  When they find a word on their list, they write it next to that word.

This can be done in just about any space – one room, whole house, even outdoors.  Switching up the location and hiding spots keeps this activity fun.

4. Sight Word Fishing

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Young children will enjoy fishing for sight words. Lay the fish out on the floor or in a container. Kids use the fishing pole to catch a fish. Magnets will help the fish stick to the pole. Once a child has caught a fish they can try to read the word.

If they can read it, they can keep the fish. If they can not read the word, then a parent reminds them of the sight word, they toss the fish back, and try again.

5. Building sight words with magnetic letters

Sometimes the simplest activities are the best.  This hands-on sight word practice only requires a list of sight words, magnetic letters, and a magnetic surface.

I liked to keep this sight word center available at all times when my children were little.  The letters and a few cards at a time lived on our refrigerator.  This gave my kids something educational to do while I was cooking or cleaning up the kitchen – which felt like all the time!

  • Put magnetic letters on the work surface (refrigerator, dishwasher, baking tray, or magnetic white board all work well)
  • Put a few sight words on the work surface.   Magnetic business cards work well for turning note cards into magnets.  Sometimes I just wrote the sight words on index cards, but other times I used themed notepads . The themed notepads always caught their attention if they were becoming ‘activity blind’ and ignoring this sight word activity.
  • Kids build the sight words with the magnetic letters.

6. Swat the sight word

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This activity can really be customized.  It can be done alone or in a small group or two.  It can be quiet at the table or active outside.

The only necessary items are a fly swatter  and sight words.

  • Write the sight words wherever you want to play.  This can be done with sidewalk chalk outside or on note cards at a table.
  • Hand the child a fly swatter and ask them to swat the word that you are about to read.
  • Read a sight word.
  • The child finds the correct sight word and taps it with the fly swatter.  If playing in teams, the first team to correctly swat the word gets the point.

This fun game was always popular in my kindergarten class. I would write the words on a plastic shower curtain liner from the dollar store so that it was big enough for multiple kids to find words at one time.

7. Stamp the words

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There is just something about spelling with stamps that makes it more fun than just using a pencil. My kindergarten students liked this sight word activity when they were ready to sit down for a few quiet minutes.

  • Set out a list of sight words, blank paper, alphabet stamps , and ink pads.
  • Kids will stamp the words.

If you want to practice vowels and consonants, just ask your kids to use a different color for vowels.

Kids can also build sight words using letter beads .

8. Write the sight words in shaving cream

My kids write words in shaving cream to practice handwriting all of the time.  It is such a simple activity, but they always enjoy it.  This activity can be used to practice sight words too.

  • Give each child a dollop of shaving cream on a baking tray.  I just use whatever shaving cream is cheapest.  A baking tray helps keep the mess contained and makes for easier clean up.
  • Either place a sight word list at the table for your child to copy or read a sight word aloud for your child to spell.  Remembering how to spell the word is usually a little more challenging than simply copying from sight word cards.

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9. Sight word play dough

Play dough is a great tool for practicing sight words because most preschool and elementary homes have this common craft supply.

Kids can roll the play dough into thin ropes and form the words.

I used this sight word activity pretty frequently when I was a kindergarten teacher.

10. Sticky notes matching

This sight word game is quick and easy to set up. All you need is a piece of paper (or white board) with a few sight words written and a few sticky notes with the same sight words.

Kids will read the sight word off the paper and match it with the sticky note.

11. Toy car knock down

This sight word activity is sure to appeal to any child who loves knocking things down.

To play this game you will need sight words written on paper cups (or on note cards taped to blocks) and a toy car. A remote control car would be really fun, but regular toy cars will work too.

Place the sight word cups or blocks around the area. When your child reads the word they get to use the toy car to knock down the word.

12. Sight word bingo

Sight word bingo can be a great way to reinforce previously learned sight words. All of the kindergarten teachers I worked with kept a few bingo games on hand at all times because they are a great way to quietly focus kids on a quick task.

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Welcome! My name is Jennifer. I am a teacher at heart. Before my children were born I was a public school teacher. Now, I am a homeschooling mom of two.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful sight word activities . It’s been several years since I’ve taught Kindergarten and you’ve reminded me of some things I’ve used in the past, as well as, given me some fun and practical new ideas. Thanks! A few more tasks that my students enjoyed were: writing words using stencils, rolling out words using playdough and dialing their sights words on an old phone (they had to write the phone number for the word).

Those are great ideas!

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

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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 !

Elementary Sight Word Lists & Checklists (for 3rd-5th grades) - This Reading Mama

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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.

learner reading sight words in column from first grade word list

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.}

taking notes on the sight word checklist

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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Enjoy teaching! ~Becky

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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

This pencil secret code word puzzle is a fun way to learn sight words, spelling words, names and more! Perfect for literacy centers in kindergarten, first grade and even second grade.

Free Printable Pencil Secret Code Word Puzzles for Word Work

These free editable my home word building mats are perfect literacy centers during an all about me theme or my family theme. Use them for names, word work, sight words, spelling words and more!

Editable My Home Word Building Activity Mats Printable

This editable 4th of July board game is so much fun! Use it to teach sight words, letter identification, letter sounds, math facts and more!

Editable 4th Of July Board Game Printable

This editable dragon board game is a fun literacy activity for your fairy tale theme or just for fun.

Free Printable Editable Dragon Board Game

Use these Easter secret code word cards to work on spelling words, sight words, CVC words and more!

Easter Secret Code Word Cards for High Frequency Words

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Editable Easter Board Game Free Printable

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Easter Secret Code Puzzles for Word Work

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Editable Unicorn Board Game Free Printable

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Editable Rain Cloud Feed Me Sight Words Activity Printables

This editable St. Patrick's Day board game is a fun way to learn sight words and other literacy skills this spring!

Editable St. Patrick’s Day Board Game Free Printable

These rainbow secret code words cards are editable and so much fun for kids in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

Rainbow Secret Code Word Cards Editable Printable

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Valentine’s Day Secret Code Words for High Frequency Words

Editable Valentine's Day board game for math and literacy centers.

Editable Valentine’s Day Board Game Free Printable

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Editable Penguin Board Game Printable

A fun editable board game for winter math and literacy centers in kindergarten, preschool, first grade and second grade.

Editable Snowman Board Game Free Printable

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Editable Gingerbread Board Game Free Printable

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Editable Fall Board Game Free Printable

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Pumpkin Editable Board Game Free Printable

This editable race car sight word game will make learning sight words or spelling words a blast!

Editable Race Car Sight Word Game Printable

Editable word games for phonics and decodable words, high frequency words and more. Fun word work games for kids in kindergarten and first grade.

20 Editable Word Work Games to Make Learning Fun!

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Editable Flower Word Building Printable Activity for Spring

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Sight Word Activities that Your Kids Will Love!

Building words with ping pong balls is a fun way for kids to learn sight words, CVC words and other spelling words!

Building Words with Ping Pong Balls is Super Fun!

These family word puzzles are a great way for kids to learn to spell words. The pictures are the perfect guide and can even be used by toddlers or preschoolers.

Family Word Puzzle Activity

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Alphabet Sensory Bag

These sight word pockets are a hands-on and effective way to teach kids to identify and spell sight words. It can even be used as a word wall.

Sight Word Pockets Activity

This frog sight word game is a great way for preschool and kindergarten students to practice reading sight words in a fun and active way! A great gross motor activity as well!

Frog Hop Sight Word Game

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Robot Alphabet Card Games and Activities

Easter egg sight word sort activity. A hands-on sight word activity for young kids and preschoolers.

Easter Egg Sight Word Sort

I have, Who has? card game for young kids to teach sight words, alphabet letters, shapes and more!

I Have Who Has Card Game

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Play Dough and Alphabet Beads Activity

Spelling and reading sight words with a fun magnetic letter activity. Teach sight words with this hands-on approach.

Spelling Sight Words with Magnetic Letters

Sight word ice excavation activity. A fun, hands-on way to learn sight words.

Sight Word Ice Excavation

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Sight Words with Alphabet Stamps

LEGO sight word towers making learning sight words fun and hands-on! A cool literacy activity for kids!

LEGO Duplo Sight Word Towers

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Snowball Toss Sight Word Game

Learn sight words with this fun, hands-on activity that uses blocks. Includes a printable sheets!

Building Sight Words Activity

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Easter Egg Puzzles for Teaching Letters and Sight Words

Get the editable sight word games bundle today.

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Want to make learning sight words even more fun? Then you will LOVE our editable sight word games bundle ! It is our best-seller and teachers have given it rave reviews.

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Editable Sight Word Games Bundle

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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.

sight word activities for upper grades

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!

sight word activities for upper grades

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 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!

And, check out even more  word work activities here.

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Engaging Editable Sight Word Games for First Grade and Kindergarten Practice and 5 Reasons to Use Them

Editable activities for primary  auto fill from any list:    letters, sight words, cvc words, phonemes, math items & more  differentiate.

Pictures of editable games and clip art of children playing the games.

Make Learning Fun: Editable Sight Word Games are like magical word puzzles that teachers can create just for a particular group of students! They help them learn sight words in a super fun way!  You can use the color versions to laminate for repeated classroom use OR Use the blackline versions to create motivating homework or summer work for your students.

  • Games for Everyone: You can make games of different levels, so everyone in the class can play and learn at their own pace. It’s like having customized games for everyone in your classroom!

3. Let the Fun Begin: Playing sight word games is exciting and makes learning feel like a big adventure. Your students will be so motivated to learn when it feels like they’re playing a game!

4.  Remembering Made Easy: Games help students remember sight words better because they get to practice them over and over again in a really fun way. The more they play, the more they’ll remember!

5.  Change it Up: You can make new games or update the existing ones whenever students are ready to learn more. That means you’ll always have something fresh and exciting for your students.

So get ready for a world of editable sight word games! They’ll make learning fun, help your students become sight word pros, and bring smiles to their faces while they’re at it!

I have sets of matching games that allow you to match upper and lowercase letters, sight words, numbers to number words, synonyms, antonyms…. the possibilities are endless!  

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Sight Words Activities for First and Second Grade

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Knowing sight words is incredibly important for students who are learning to read. It’s not often that we want our students to simply memorize something, but sight words are the exception. They need to know these words immediately, on sight. Imagine asking your firsties to sit and memorize a word list… definitely NOT the most effective way to teach. But, using sight words activities to get them up and moving is something they’ll enjoy. For more ideas, check out this earlier post.

Image of a group of children enjoying reading together.

Sight Words Activities

Students don’t need to be up and physically moving around the room. Being highly engaged in what they’re doing counts as being “active.” The activities here will keep them engaged and make learning those sight words painless!

You’ll need to have several sets of sight words flashcards, with 15 – 20 words in each set. Once you have these ready your prep work is basically done!

Sight Word “Go Fish”

This is the Go Fish card game that we all know and love. But you’ll be using your flashcards instead.

Start by shuffling the cards. Each partner gets 5 to start. Put the rest in a pile to draw from. The first student looks at their cards and chooses one, then asks their partner if they have it.

If the partner has the card, they hand it over. If not, the “asker” draws a card.

When they have a match, they say the word and then lay it down. When all the cards have been matched, they count how many pairs each has.

Sight Word “Cup Stacking Challenge”

This is a fun game that your students will love!

You’ll need your sight words flashcards as well as some Solo cups. Use a Sharpie to write a sight word on each cup.

Arrange the cups so that they can all be seen, and place all the cards in a pile.

The kids will take turns drawing a card and then finding the matching cup. They’ll use the cups to make a tower! Challenge them to build the highest or widest tower!

Sight Word “Concentration”

Another common game that can be used to practice sight words!

Take two sets of flashcards and mix them all up. Spread them out in a grid.

Students take turns turning over 2 cards and reading them. If they match, they keep them. If not they turn them back over.

Take turns until all the matches have been found. The winner is the one with the most pairs.

“I Spy” Sight Words Activities and Centers

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These NO PREP  I Spy Sight Words and Vocabulary Activities   provide an excellent opportunity for  reading sight words  and basic vocabulary. Students will use a magnifying glass to search for the words hidden in the picture. Just print and go! Using a  magnifying glass  is such a fun way for your students to  practice vocabulary while also working on hand eye coordination.  Let your kindergarten, first, and second grade students play the role of detective and make learning exciting!

I Spy Sight Words Activities and Centers includes:

  • 24 color pictures with hidden sight words and vocabulary
  • Recording sheets for students
  • Answer keys are sited directly after student response sheets to allow for back-back printing and therefore student self-checking

I would suggest that you laminate for durability. The only supply you need with this resource is a magnifying glass or two!

Do you have some fun ways to practice sight words? Please share!

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