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


A great way to start your kindergarteners off is with some color word practice. These are sight words that are seen often and your students will have some of them in their sight word bank already. These are fun activities that help your kiddos feel successful while they're 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! With these printables, not only are they practicing writing the word correctly, but they also have to use the word in a sentence and draw a picture to match. That means they have to actually know what word they are working on, not just mindless tracing ;)

 We are BIG fans of songs and chants in my classroom! During transitions or down times, we love singing our sight word chant. I hold up a sight word flashcard, or write a word up on the easel, and then we practice the word altogether. Whole body learning and total physical response all the way with this little ditty! {you can download this chant here!}


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 getting the chance to be the author and illustrator of their own stories as well!






One of my students most favorite way to practice sight word spelling is 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!?

Sight word task cards are also fun little activities to set up in your writing center. Lots and lots of fun and engaging ways to practice those all important words!
Later on in the year, as our sight word knowledge grows, we are able to integrate our sight words into our learning. My students love to roll the sight word dice and use it in a sentence. We practice our writing conventions, remembering our uppercase letters and punctuation. Plus, notice that fabulous finger spacing ;) {you can grab this recording sheet free here}

We also love to 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! #teachertricks

I am always changing it up and keeping it interesting when it comes to practicing our sight words. I would love to hear any ideas you have! Please leave me a comment if you have a fun way to teach sight words!

You can grab all the activities pictured above in my TpT store. I recently posted a Sight Word Mega Bundle which houses ALL of my sight word resources in one easy download! I will for sure be adding to it as the year progresses since I love creating sight word activities. You can grab it by clicking the picture below. The bundle is discounted 20% off the total value of the products and is an additional $10 off this week as a special introductory price!
If you own some of my sight word resources but would like to switch out for the bundle, email me! misskindergarten@hotmail.com

Happy New Year friends!



13 comments

  1. Great ideas and activities. Thanks for sharing :-)

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

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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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

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

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  7. 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.

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  9. 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

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  10. Where did you get those adorable things that the task cards are in??

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  11. 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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    1. Hi Catherine! I don't have an editable version of that sight word page, but I do in this resource! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/See-Stamp-AugustSeptember-1968554

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