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Meaningful Way to Learn Sight Words
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Does anyone have an other ways to have students learn/retain sight words besides the common flash cards, etc...? I'm looking for daily activities I can do with my students to help them learn their words in more ways then just repitition.


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If you google Carl's Corner there are a lot of fun sight word games to play with your students.
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One thing that I'm going to try is a digital frame to display words. I got the idea from Teacher Tipster dot com . He used plastic magnetic letters and made words with them. Then he took a picture. Next he put the camera card into the digital frame and had a slide show of all the words for that week running so that kids could practice saying them. It's just one more way to get vocabulary words out there.
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Some things that I use in my classroom:

*Ideas from teachertipster.com:
Write the sight words on the bottom of paper cups and place in empty Pringles can. Kids read the words and then stack the cups to make a tower.
Play "BANG" or "Snap", etc. where you write the words on craft sticks and place in a container. Write BANG on 2-3 sticks. Kids play in a small group. Each child picks a stick and if he/she can read the word, they keep it, if not, they put it back. Play continues around the group...if someone pulls a BANG stick, they have to put all their sticks back. (Kids LOVE this game!)

*The following book from Scholastic has poetry pages that use the word repeatedly in the poem. They are practicing writing it as well as reading it in context:

Sight Word Poetry Pages: 100 Fill-in-the-Blank Practice Pages That Help Kids Really Learn the Top High-Frequency Words

I also created the worksheet below and I use it for various words (sight words, new vocabulary, spelling words,etc.) It has the children write the word and then create a sentence using the word.

Hope these ideas help!
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games mostly. I made a game using the popcorn cutouts from the teacher store and plastic popcorn container (3 for $1/dollar tree) to make a game called POP. Play it just like Bang but when the draw the kernal Pop they have to put all their words back.

I also bought checkers games at the dollar tree and wrote sight words on the red squares. Play like checkers but they have to read the word they land on each time. I wrote the words on the red squares and wrote the words twice on each so they could read it no matter which side they sat on. Just be sure they put the checkers on the red tiles instead of black.

I made powerpoints for each list of Dolch words and use it as a center. I have them stamp their sight words, spell them with foam or magnet letters on cookie sheets, and do text word hunts often in our weekly story.


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Old 07-21-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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I have students write them in a sand tray or in shaving cream with and adult helper I also use the magnetic letters and use word wall cheers (I got from Christina Bainbridge's site).
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http://www.theschoolbell.com/Links/Dolch/Contents.html
has an entire program using the Dolch words.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Carl's Corner like suggested
I taught my first graders Sparkle last year they LOVED it and begged to play
Bingo
Writing them in ways like suggested (sand, shaving cream)- we do it often on the white board (IWB) so they can choose the color etc.
Magna Doodles

My colleague and I are going to try the Heide Songs(just google Heide Songs) this year. I tried some when I taught Kindg. and the kids really liked them and learned the words.
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I just posted the same ideas on another post, but here are a few quick ideas:

1 Make two sets of words and play Concentration (Memory).
2 Write them on popsicle sticks so students can play pick-up sticks with them (students only get to keep the stick if they say the word right AND don’t wiggle surrounding sticks)
3 Play the spelling game Sparkle! Or Bang! (google if you need directions)
4 Create sight word chants for reviewing words/adding new words (growingkinders . blogspot.com has a good chant list)
5 Write-Stamp-Decorate sheets with weekly word lists
6 Have a word of the week or day - keep it on your white board with magnet letters - sometimes scramble it and have students fix it
7 Have kids keep their own student dictionaries and add new words each week (and reference during writing time)
8 Make a new sight word your “password” of the day to get in the door to the classroom.
9Write the new word - write a sentence using that word - highlight the word in your sentence.
10. Play "your pile - my pile"
11. Popcorn words and activity ideas on mrsmorrowskindergarteners blogspot
12 firstgraderatlast blogspot - lots of word work ideas
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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Use yarn or shoe laces and have students make the letters and words on the floor. They love this!


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Learning Sight Words
Old 07-21-2011, 05:29 PM
 
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My students do sight word centers weekly. Some activities my students do are:
  • stamp a sight word
  • build a sight word I(with tiles)
  • Roll a word (a new one for me this past year - great success)
  • I Spy (look for sight words in books)
Each of these centers they go to have response sheets. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to share.

I must give credit to my wonderful PT friends who over the years have either given me ideas or inspired me to create these. Love you all!

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Thanks for the bainbridge recommendation. I bought 8 documents from teacher oasis.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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I love the bang game! My kiddos last year were so into the game they groaned when they had to put it up.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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On the Whole Brain Teaching website there is a Manual called Biffytoons. They have assigned an action for the first 48 sight words. The students have fun learning an action for each sight words and the actions are a great prompt for the weaker students. It really works.
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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is Great!!!! My students love all of his activities.
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This site has everything made for you. It is a great place to start!
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