Sight Word games can be played with a whole group in a pocket chart, partners or independently in literacy corners. Copy on cardstock, laminate and cut apart. I store them in large plastic popcorn holders from Target, Walmart or the dollar store.
1. Traditional memory – use twenty cards at a time. Turn them upside down and children take turns turning over two at a time until they find a matching pair.
2. What’s Missing – begin with four cards. Tell children to close their eyes and remove one of the words and ask, “What’s Missing?” Add more cards to make it more challenging.
3. Musical Sight Words – put chairs in a circle around the room with one card on each chair. Have students walk/dance around the chairs to music carrying a white board and dry erase marker. When the music stops students write the word on the chair in front of them. After every three words tell them to turn to a partner and read the words on their boards.
4. Hand up/ Pair Up - Pass out one sight word card to each child and have them walk around the room to music. When the music stops put hand up and pair up with a partner. Say the word on the card and/or use it in a sentence. Switch cards and start music again.
Common Core Standard:
Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).