Teacher Mama: 10 Great Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

I have never done anything like this before, but I thought I would give it a try. I asked over 50 of my fellow bloggers to share their favorite activities for teaching sight words to their children/students.  I read through each and every post and chose my 10 favorites. While chosing, I tried to gather a variety of activities- some that get kids moving, some that get them creating, some to get them thinking and even some that get them writing.  I hope there is something here for everyone. Here they are in no particular order. 🙂

Kinetic Sight Word Activity…With a Beach Ball

As I have said before, sometimes simple is the best. I love this idea from the Kid’s Activities Blog because it get  kids moving WHILE they are learning. So important for the brains of young boys.

Taking the Word Wall Beyond the Wall

Traditional sight words are very important for creating readers and writers. But if you want those readers and writers to be excited and motivated to read and write– give them the words that are meaningful and interesting to read and spell. This post from Teach Preschool shares how to take the words and integrate them successfully throughout the other content in your classroom.

Boy Mama: Simple, but Smart: Sight Word Ring

This idea from Boy Mama Teacher Mama comes in handy when you are on the go. Put all your child’s words on a binder ring and practice them in the car, at the grocery store or while waiting at the doctor’s office.

Monster Truck Sight Word Mash

This idea from Train Up a Child is perfect for boys who love to crash their cars into, well, anything! This takes some advance preparation, but is sure to be a “hit” with you young learners.

Word Walk

My Buddies and I shares this clever way to practice sight words (and other words such as colors and names)– walk on them! This is also a great space saving and transportable activity.

Sight Words and Activities

If you are looking for some quality pen and paper (and magazines and stickers and magnetic letters….) ways to practice sight words for your older child or one that learn’s best that way, check out this post from Learning 4 Kids. So many ideas with great visuals so you can really see each activity.

Let’s Make Sight Word Flash Cards

Often the first thing I think when I hear “flashcards” is BORING, but not these flash cards from Paint on the Ceiling. I can honestly say these flashcards are not only useful, but beautiful!

Learning Through Play: Sight Word Twister

Who doesn’t love Twister?  If you have a Twister board in the house or if you are feeling REALLY crafty and want to create your own, try this “twist” on the game.  Your little learners will be moving, bending, twisting and laughing AND learning their sight words at the same time.

Roll a Sight Word Alien

I love Playdough to Plato’s version of the “Beetle” game which is ALWAYS a huge hit with children.  Using a die, some sight words, paper and pen, your child can roll his way to learning his sight words while creating this really cool alien.

Real World Word Search

Take your learning to the streets with this idea from Boy Mama Teacher Mama. Grab your camera and your learner, walk around town and take pictures of all the words he can read.

Want more sight word ideas?  Take a look at these posts.

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12 thoughts on “Teacher Mama: 10 Great Ideas for Teaching Sight Words

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  3. Yay for tons of great ideas! I love these! Thanks for sharing this last week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! You are a featured favorite this weekend! Look forward to seeing what you share this weekend!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  4. You know what else is pretty cool for sight words instruction, Sight Words with Samson. My son’s teacher uses it and the kids love it. You have to pay for it but it’s pretty affordable.

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