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Sight Words Practice: Making Sight Words Fun!!

One of my all time favorite things about teaching kindergarten is the awesome growth you see all year long! I just love the confident little learners that my students are becoming. We work really hard in kindergarten, but we also have a lot of fun.

I truly believe that having fun is the main ingredient behind building life-long, confident learners! So what’s my secret behind teaching sight words? Making them fun, of course!

Here are 8 engaging, hands-on ideas to practice sight words in your classroom:

Introducing Sight Words

A great way to start your kindergartners off with sight words practice is by introducing color words. These are sight words that are seen often and your students will have some of them in their sight word bank already. This is a great way to introduce sight word practice to your kiddos while also helping them feel successful in their learning!

We also LOVE the novelty of using dry-erase markers to practice writing our sight words, and we’re saving paper along the way! Stick the printable pages into a sheet protector or try these reuseable dry-erase pockets. These sight word practice pages give your students an opportunity to practice spelling and writing the sight word, as well as using the word in a sentence.

Using Songs to Practice Sight Words

We are BIG fans of songs and chants in the classroom! During transitions or when we have a little extra time, we love to sing our sight word chant.

Hold up a sight word flashcard, or write the word up on the board, then practice the word in all of the different ways. This chant incorporates whole body learning and total physical response which is a wonderful way to reach ALL of your learners. Grab this sight word chant over here!

Hands-on Sight Word Practice

We also love using stamps to practice our sight words. This is great because your students have to use what they know about letter formation to find the correct letter stamp, and the reluctant writers love the stamps because it gives their fingers a little break from writing.

Sometimes we even make stamping booklets! We focus on one sight word per book to complete our little stories. My students love keeping their sight word booklets in their desks and being able to read them all on their own!

We also love, love, love to practice building sight words with play-doh! I seriously could have this center out allll year and they would never, ever tire of it! I totally get it though, who doesn’t love learning with play-doh!?

Using Sight Words in Writing

These sight word spelling task cards are great to set up in your writing center. They give your students lots of opportunities to practice those all important words, including rainbow writing, ABC order, and a class favorite: fancy writing!

Later on in the year, as our sight word knowledge grows, we are able to integrate our sight words into our learning. I found these wonderful sight word dice at the Dollar Tree, but you can also use sight word cards or spinners if you can’t find these!

My students love to roll the sight word dice and then use the word in a sentence. We practice our writing conventions, remembering our uppercase letters and punctuation. Plus, notice that fabulous finger spacing.

Finally, we also love to use our cut apart sentences and glue them in the correct order. We usually make silly sentences before gluing the sentence down which results in endless laughter, but what my students don’t realize is that they are reading the words solely on sight and not relying on the context clues to get them through the sentence! #teacherhack 😉

Sight Word MEGA Bundle!

If you’re looking for new ways to practice sight words with your students, you can grab all the activities I shared above AND MORE in my Sight Word Mega Bundle! It includes ALL of the sight word resources in my shop in one easy download!

This is also an endless bundle meaning, as I continue to add more sight word practice to my shop, you will be able to access all of the new resources in this bundle! You can check out the discounted bundle below!

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13 Comments

  1. LOVE all your sight word ideas. So fun for the lil kiddos and so crucial in their reading foundation. Great stuff!
    ~Christy & Tammy

  2. I love all of these ideas. My group this year is really struggling with sight words so we will be beefing up the sight word instruction and practice when we get back from break.

    I don't think the link for the chant is working? Or it could be my computer, but when I click it it just opens a blank window and nothing downloaded. I was hoping to download a copy.

    Amanda
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  3. I really like your ideas – especially the folder over the page for using the dry erase markers – I had tried plastic pockets but they wrinkled – this is a much better idea!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jenny
    Miss Jenny's Classroom

  4. These are great – thank you! We just wrapped up testing and starting to see a big gap between our above & below performers. Sight words are SO important in closing the gap. I've been meaning to purchase the stamps, too! Thanks again, Jen

  5. My kids love sight word stamps! I also would like the chant but I can't get the link to work 🙁

  6. I am also a teacher at Phoenix kindergarten and before that I was employed to teach at per-nursery classes. I don't find any difference among students of kindergarten and pre-nursery. Therefore, I used to teach them in similar manner.

  7. It is amazing to see how kindergarten students blossom over the Christmas break! The come back in January and they are reading and growing in amazing ways. We call it the Christmas miracle! Julie
    Green Apple Lessons

  8. Hi! My students love, love to stamp. I was wondering if you had an editable version of the sight word stamping activity. Thanks!

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