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Develop sight word automaticity in an active way! These flash-card type slides add active participation through large-motor movement into a sight word activity. It helps with coordination and vision development. This type of activity encourages development of visual skills necessary for reading. It can be used individually, or in group settings.
Spatial awareness and perception skills are practiced while participating in this activity. Letter/word reversals are common for young children, but making an effort to include activities that develop an understanding of these concepts can provide your students with the necessary skills to become a fluent reader.
Using a line on the floor (a ruler, masking tape, rhythm stick, pencil, string, or just the line between tiles on the floor), the children jump with both feet to make their body match the location of the word. The children are encouraged to say the word as it appears, and jump. If the word is on the same side as the previous image, jumping up and back down once in the same place is the expected response. You can practice saying “right” and “left”, without saying the words, as well.
The file contains leveled slide shows for each of the Dolch sight word lists. The images are shown for 1, 2, 3, 4, and 10 seconds to allow for development of the skill. Clicking at any time will advance to the next image.
Although large-motor involvement using both feet is likely most effective, the activity can be adapted to be used in classrooms with limited space by encouraging “tapping” on the desk, table, or floor with hands to match the location of the word. Tapping with alternating feet is also an option.