My students love playing Bingo. With these game boards, students have extra incentive to write, spell, and read!!!
When I first introduce this game, I provide a WRITTEN list of about 20 words (usually sight words at the beginning of the year). From that list, students get to choose 16 (or NOT choose 4) and write them in any empty square. Once all students game boards are filled, play Bingo as usual. Four in a row (or diagonal) wins! The 20 words need to be written on small pieces of paper so they can be drawn out of a container or bag during game play. I usually play this version with a slightly different list each time until all sight words have been used a few times.
Just before winter break, I will begin only saying the words and students will write them. As I call a word during game play, I will write it on the board. If a student has spelled the word incorrectly, he/she must fix it before a marker can be placed on that square.
Around February, I begin using CVC words (instead of sight words) -- first from a written list, then by only saying the word (as done previously with sight words).
I hope your students enjoy learning as they play, as much as my students do!