These cards were originally designed to be used as a way for students to practice learning Dolch sight words, both noun and non-noun lists. Overtime, and with suggestions from others, I have figured out how to utilize these cards in different ways.
In my classroom, I use these cards for simple drill work, as well as with other activities such as “sort the sounds” and “build-a-sentence”. When using these cards for “sort the sounds”, I have each student sort through the cards to find cards that have their assigned sound. For example, if I have a child targeting the /r/ phoneme, I’ll have them look through and find all of the cards that have an /r/ sound somewhere in the word. When using these cards for “build-a-sentence” I’ll usually choose 1 or 2 non-noun flashcards and 1 noun flashcard and then have the student create their own sentence using the selected sight words. For example, I might choose the words “jump” and “look” as my non-noun words, from the Pre-Primer list, and the word “house” from the noun list. The student would then take these 3 words and create a sentence such as, “When I jump high on my trampoline, I can look over my house”.
For duration and multi-purpose use, I recommend printing on cardstock and laminating before you use these cards in your classroom. When I originally printed these cards, I decided to print each section on a different color cardstock. I also printed all noun cards on plain white cardstock, using the rainbow colored words. I have included both color and black/white copies of the noun words, so you can choose how you print.