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Strategies to help your child with sight words Magic Word- Materials needed: Sight word flashcards Tape Directions: In our classroom we have a magic word that the student must read to enter the room. You can place sight words in different areas of your home and have the student read them. Some suggested areas- the refrigerator, beside the family room or where ever your t.v. might be. Around the World- Materials needed: Sight Word flash cards Directions: Place the sight word flash cards face up in a circle. Pick a word to be the starting point. Have the students walk beside the the words and read them. The purpose of the game is to get all the way around the world. Sight Word Search Materials needed: Magazines or newspapers Yellow marker or crayon Directions: Students search for sight words in newspaper stories. The student highlights the word with the crayon. Snowball Fight* (only for the very brave) This is a great activity for days when winter weather keeps children indoors . Write sight words on pieces of white paper. Crumple the papers up to look like snowballs. Divide the family into 2 teams and have the teams line up on opposite sides of the room. When you blow a whistle teams throw the snowballs back and forth. Blow the whistle again after about 20 seconds and have everyone pick up one snowball. Children should read the words on their snowballs. Call on people from each team to read. If they can read their words, their team earns points Crash* Crash cars blackline master Print sight words on car shaped paper. On some cars print the word CRASH. Spread all cars out on the table. Students take turns choosing words. If the student can read the word, he or she may keep it and continue drawing until he or she doesn’t know a word or gets a CRASH card. Students also keep CRASH cards. At the end of the game, the student with the most cards is the winner. Rotten Bananas * Rotten bananas cards pg 1 Rotten bananas cards pg 2 Cut bananas out of yellow paper. Print a sight word on each. Color some bananas brown on one side instead of writing a word. Put all bananas in a can. Pass the can. Students take turns reading drawing a card and reading the word. If they get it right they may keep it. The can moves to the next person even if they get it right. Game continues until someone gets a rotten banana. Then everyone counts his or her cards. The person with the most is the winner. Football * (black line masters included--page (black line masters included--page2) This game was originally created this game to help a fourth grade student with multiplication facts. However, it could be used for addition, subtraction, letters, sight words, etc. It is played very much the same as Rotten Banana. Print a sight word on each of the football cards. Print out one (or more) sheets of the whistle/touchdown/tackle cards. Put all cards in a can. To play, pass the can. Students take turns drawing a card and reading the word/solving the problem. If they get it right they may keep the card. The can moves to the next person even if they get it right. If someone draws a tackle card, he may take one card from another player. If he gets the touchdown card, all players must give him their cards. Game continues until someone gets a touchdown card. Then everyone counts his or her cards. The person with the most is the winner.***You will need to delete the math problems and type in sight words. Shooting Stars* (black line masters included) To make this game you will need to purchase star shaped beads (or some other type of small plastic stars in various colors). Place the stars in a container. Print the shooting stars game boards and glue to cardstock. One side should have the blank game board and the other side should have the color words game board. This game can be played several ways: 1. Color words: Create color word cards that correspond to the colors of stars. Each child takes a turn choosing a card. He read the color word and checks his game board to see if he needs that color. If he does, he uses the tweezers to place a star bead on that color word on his game board. The first player to fill his game board wins. For a shorter game, play like BINGO…the first to get 3 in a row wins. 2. Generic game board: Create word cards (or other concept cards). Each child chooses a card and read the word/letter/problem. If he gets it correct, he rolls the dice and chooses that number of star beads to place on his game board. He may choose ANY color of stars. This game has 2 winners: 1.) The first person to fill his card wins and 2.) After all cards are filled, the teacher will choose a winning color by drawing one color word card. The player with the most beads of this color wins. Pop* (black line master included) Print a letter on each balloon. Make some pop cards. This game is played exactly like Crash except that it uses letters instead of sight words. Spread all cards face down on the table. Students take turns choosing words. If the student can say the letter name or sound, he or she may keep it and continue drawing until he or she doesn’t know a letter or gets a POP card. Students also keep POP cards. At the end of the game, the student with the most cards is the winner Crazy Carrots* (black line masters included--page (black line masters included--page2) Cut carrots out of sturdy paper. Print a letter on each. Be sure to make “crazy carrot” and “bunny steal” cards. Put all cards in a can. Pass the can. Students take turns reading drawing a card and identifying the letter/sound. If they get it right they may keep it. The can moves to the next person even if they get it right. Game continues until someone gets a crazy carrot. Then everyone counts his or her cards. The person with the most is the winner. Rainbow Writing- Materials needed: Paper Crayons, Markers or Color Pencils Directions: Write the sight words on a piece of paper. The students will trace over the word. The students need to start with the lightest color first and then each time they write they will choose a darker color. The students need to say each letter aloud as they trace the word. Sidewalk Chalk Materials needed: Sidewalk chalk or paint sidewalk or driveway Directions: Students write the sight words on the driveway or sidewalk. Sight Word Concentration Materials needed: Sight word flash cards 2 of each word Directions: The flash cards are placed face down on the playing surface. The student turns over 2 cards. If the two cards are a match, the student takes the cards and then has another turn. If the cards are not a match, then the cards are turned over and the next player takes a turn. Play dough Sight Words Materials needed: Play dough and sight word flash cards. Directions: The students will form the letters of the sight words with the play dough. Parents can either call out the words or the students can use flash cards. Sight Word Hopscotch Materials: Sidewalk chalk and a driveway. Directions: An adult will need to draw the hopscotch board on the driveway or sidewalk. Instead of writing numbers, sight words will be written in the boxes. Spotlight- Materials needed: Sight word flash cards Flash light Directions: Place the sight word flash cards face up on the floor. Dim the lights. Call out a word and have the student shine the light on the word. The games with this symbol * from a great website called Kelly's Kindergarten.
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