Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

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Sight Word Practice Box

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

I am so excited to share this with you all. I created it this weekend after feeling disorganized with the “system” we were using to help my son practice his sight words.  I feel like we have a great collection of ideas, but keeping them all at the forefront of our minds just wasn’t happening. I wanted to create something that “contained” all our favorite activities, the words (current and past) themselves and anything else we might need for practice. I also wanted something that could be stored easily. So this is what I came up with…

Sight Word Practice Box

I still had a few pizza boxes left from making our pizza box drying rack a few weeks ago so I decided that the pizza box would be the base or station and everything else would fit inside.

Materials:Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

  • a pizza box
  • envelopes
  • paper
  • computer and printer
  • scissors
  • glue
  • word list
  • contact paper or laminator

How to Create a Sight Word Practice Box:

• I created labels on my computer for the four envelopes I was going to use and printed them on colored paper.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

• I then created 4 envelopes using a template I found online.  You can easily use store bought envelopes as well. I used the Basic Envelope Template from Earth Mother Crafts.

• I cut out and glued the labels to the envelopes and then glued the envelopes in place inside the pizza box.  I put the “this week’s sight words” and “practice ideas” on the top portion of the box and “past words” and “extra cards for games” on the lower portion of the box. See photo below.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

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Then I set to creating the cards for each envelope.

This Week’s Sight Words contains the cards with the words my son is currently working on. There are two cards for each word.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

Past Sight Words contains all the sight words we have worked on prior to this week.  There is only one card for each word in this envelope. I used the same template as above.

Practice Ideas contains a set of cards and on each card is an activity that can be done using the materials in the box.  I have my son choose a card each time we sit down to practice his words.

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Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

Extra Cards for Games contains a second set of all the sight words we have already worked on for games that require two of each word (ie Memory or Go Fish).

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After all the cards were created, cut and put inside the correct envelopes, I gathered all our favorite sight word practice games and printed one copy of each for the box.  These have been laminated so we can use them over and over again with whiteboard markers.  Here are some of the activities I included in the box:

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe

Two Blank Game Boards

Roll a Sight Word Alien  (from Playdough to Plato)

Sight Word Parking Lot (from Juggling With Kids)

Also in the box:

  • whiteboard markers for the games
  • a die and playing pieces for the board games
  • a sight word die for Roll a Sight Word Alien (see link for directions)

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

Helpful Links

Making your own dice:

Other Ideas for Sight Word Practice:

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49 thoughts on “Teacher Mama: Sight Word Practice Box

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  4. Just bought and downloaded. Looks great! But, I think I’m missing something…where do I find instructions for each of the activities (practice choice cards…eg.beach ball toss, word hunt, word walk, etc.) Am I not seeing it? Please help. Would love to get this started.

  5. Hi,Stephanie:

    I LOVE your ideas and generous sharing!!
    I’m a EFL teacher in Taiwan and find tons of great teaching ideas in your blog.
    I wonder that is it welcome to share your article with a photo and direct link back here with my friends in a FB page. Sincerely, wish to get your permission to share this fabulous article with others~

    BTW: One of the bottom hyperlink “10 Great Ideas of Teaching Sight Words” is misleading to another article in you blog. You might like to revise that.

    Best
    Kate

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  15. This is a comprehensive approach and you will be ready in a moment’s notice to work with words in a child friendly way. You have also helped others to organize appropriate materials for learning to read. Thank you so much! Carolyn

  16. You SHOULD be proud of this post and the bunch of sight word ideas you just shared. This is fantastic! Miss Possum is only new to reading (well, kind of) and some of these activities look like so much fun. I know what I’ll be doing on my day off tomorrow.

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