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Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

If you will make it, they will play it and they will learn it!  Sometimes you just need some easy, low prep activities, but ones the students will enjoy and be engaged in so learning takes place and not just play.

Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

My students in summer school did this sight word activity.  It is so easy to differentiate.  Whatever words the student is working on is their list.  They work on 5- 10 words at a time building them in the small pocket chart.  This pocket chart is on the side of my desk.  Great way to use space that is not being used!  The key is the student needs to read out loud the word as they build it and then to read the whole list after building the entire list.  It won't help to just match up letters.  They can have a peer come listen to them read the list or the teacher can come check them.


Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

Another fun and engaging way to learn sight words is with Heidi Songs sight word dvds.  I have Heidi's sight words dvds volume 1 and 2.  Kids love to sing and they love to move!  Most children learn more quickly and easier if it is in a song and if there is movement to go along with it.  Heidi is using both in her dvds.  Kids love to sing and move along with her and I have even sent the dvd home for a parent to work with their child who was really struggling to learn sight words.  You can click Heidi's picture above or you can click here to be taken to Heidi's site to check out her sight word resources!

Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

Another really quick and easy way to get in some sight word practice is to use the iPad or other tablet.  My students LOVE any reason to get to use the iPads.  This app is Magnetic ABC Lite.  Students just need their word list and then can build their words right on the iPad.  Again, every time they build a word, they need to be reading it out loud.

Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

I use these cubes all the time!  They are so great for so many different activities.  I got mine on Amazon, but they can be found at teaching stores too.  I use them for ABC activities, fluency, and phonics activities.  But this is a super simple easy prep activity that you could use pre-printed sight words or just write them yourself.  Then just roll, say the word and write it.  It's all designed to get those words to be automatically read and written.

Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

Anything with a swatter is going to get kids' attention!  They can just scatter out their word cards on some bulletin paper.  You wouldn't even have to use the paper, but it does give them a boundary so the cards are not all over the room.  Then another student calls out a word for the swatter to find and swat.  Popular game!  Be sure to go over expectations for that swatter!  :)

Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

Sight Word Monster is a very popular game in my room!  I use it a lot during RTI time.  All the word cards face out and a monster or other type of card is hidden behind one of the cards.

Low Prep Fun Sight Word Activities

Students choose and read a card that they think the monster might be hiding behind.  The card is pulled to see if he is hiding behind there or not.  My students would literally play this game over and over if they could!

Sight Word Activity Pages and Review Cards for Literacy Centers

Sight Word Activity Pages and Review Cards for Literacy Centers

Sight Word Activity Pages and Review Cards for Literacy Centers

Sight Word Activity Pages and Review Cards for Literacy Centers

Students have fun reading the themed review cards and using letter beads to build the words in centers!

Sight Word Activity Pages and Review Cards for Literacy Centers

These Dolch Sight Word Activity Pages are a fun and engaging way to learn sight words.  There is also a review of past sight words on each page.  


Today I am guest posting over at A Spark of Inspiration!  Go check out my post about how to manage differentiating sight word learning!  If you have missed it in the past, it is about how I use file folders to help differentiate and accelerate student learning.  


You may want to check out this cvc intervention binder by clicking the pictures below.

                 






Reading ~ It's Epic!

Using Epic ebooks in the classroom

We all need new resources, right?  I know I am always needing/wanting new books for my classroom.  But sometimes those can be hard to come by.  Well, I discovered EPIC for the iPad this summer.  My kids just LOVE it!!  And guess what!  It's free for teachers and librarians!  Don't you just love when a company recognizes that we need resources for our students and is willing to help us out?  And this is not a paid promotion for them either.  I just really enjoyed their product.

Using Epic ebooks in the classroom

Each profile you set up has stats that are kept on what the student reads.  Books finished, time spent reading, their reading log, etc...  I like in the reading log you can see the books they read and the time spent on each book.  I can tell if the student just flipped through the book or actually spent some time reading it.  That is a nice feature.

Using Epic ebooks in the classroom

Some days I had my students read the books to themselves.  You can choose the levels and the type of books they can then choose what interests them.  But then on some days, I had them listen as the book was read TO them.  That was a great option.  Some students really enjoyed reading themselves and some enjoyed having it read to them.  I like that they can listen to a fluent reading from time to time.

Using Epic ebooks in the classroom

Epic has lots of books to choose from including fiction and informational books.  Scaredy Squirrel was a popular choice!  Students adapted so quickly to reading on the iPad and it was engaging for them.  After the book is completed, the students get to have a voice by rating how much they enjoyed the book.  My students looked forward to that option at the end of each story because everyone likes to have their voice heard on what they enjoy and what they don't!

New Resources

Using Context Clues acivities

Context Clues Task Cards:  My students struggle with this skill.  They can have fun building their vocabulary with words like malarkey and knickerbockers while practicing their context clues skills.

Context Clues Activities

Then the same task cards can be used for students to record what words were clues to determine the meanings.  This is particularly difficult for my readers. 

ABC Activities

Roll It, Say It, Write It:  I've used these cubes a lot!  They are great for my young students to practice the letters in their names and the ABCs.  

ABC Letters Activities

Students can practice letter pairs.

ABC Letter Activites

Or capitals or lower case letters too.  You can click the pictures to see the resources.  


Free Resources