Below are some fun activities to familiarize your child with sight words and help him or her to better remember them. The games are intended for use with Child1st's stylized sight words, each of which includes a picture embedded into the plain word. Many of the games also require a chart to display the sight words. They may be played with kindergartners and beyond. For information on Child1st's sight words or to purchase a pocket chart, visit www.child-1st.com. Enjoy the learning experience with your children using these activities!
INTRODUCING NEW WORDS:
Choose 1-5 sight word cards...display in pocket chart.
Talk about each picture as it relates to the word it depicts. Let the children share what they see.
Do the body motion together found on the reverse side of the cards.
Use the word in the sentence provided.
Identify the sounds in the word, whether single letter spellings, or multi-letter spellings, such as "ow" or a two-vowel spelling such as "ai."
After introducing each word, check to be sure the children correctly read each word while looking at the fronts of the cards. "POP UP" GAME:
With the class near you, explain that you are going to play a game in which they will "pop up" when they hear their name, and will come up to the pocket chart to choose a word they can correctly read.
This game works best when the pocket chart is full of words, rather than displaying only a handful of words.
Encourage children to be selecting a word when it is not their turn so they are ready to pop up quickly when their name is called.
Do not use this activity for teaching; rather keep it moving quickly so that no child gets bored. Stop the game as soon as interest begins to wander.
Display a group of words in the pocket chart.
Call one word at a time, saying, "Where's?"
Children will take turns trying to quickly point out the word called by the teacher.
Do not use this as a teaching time, but rather as a review activity.
WHICH IS WHICH?
With the children in two teams in front of you.
Line the teams up so that the two children in the front of the line compete first.
Hold up two cards at a time, asking "Which one is [say one of the words]?"
When the pair of children have answered, they go to the end of the line.
Give the teams points for calling out the correct word.
AROUND THE WORLD:
Display one card to a child for him to identify.
That student will read the word, then choose a word card to display to another child.
Continue through the group until all the words have been reviewed.
This activity may be concluded by turning the cards to the back so that the children are reading the plain dolch sight words.
Have students vote on which words, one at a time, they think they can recognize without using the picture.
Flip those words over as they are voted on so that the plain word is displayed on the reverse.
Take five minutes to review all the words per day.
Limit the number of words flipped over to a couple of day depending on your group and their progress in recognition of the plain words.
The goal to keep in mind when using the stylized sight words is to use the visual, motion and language as learning tools, then to progress to the plain side of the card as soon as possible.
You may determine what is helping each child learn their words by asking "How did you remember that?" when they correctly and instantly read a word unstylized. Some will say they can still "see" the picture in their minds, some will remember because of the motion they have come to relate to the word. Asking your children this question frequently will guide them into learning about how they learn best.
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