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Subject: sight words-update
Date Posted: 1/16/2009 10:28 AM ET
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Does anyone have any games to teach sight words?  PLEASE.  Thanks

I used all these ideas (esp the link) and he is doing GREAT!!  These things really work!

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Date Posted: 1/16/2009 8:14 PM ET
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Do you mean formal, board games, sit down games, games in the car or in line (sparklers), or games that require moving around the room or house, or outdoor, running games?
Are you a teacher (school based games) or a parent (home based games). Related to that question, how many playing - one kid and one adult, two to four kids with no, one or two adults, one teacher and 32 kids - ect, ect.
Here are a couple of suggestions:
*At home, moving around the house - make up sight word cards for nouns. Tape them around the house - in the wrong place. Put the word chair on the refridgrator, the word table on the books in the bookshelf, the word book on the cupboard, the word sink on the toilet, ect. Have the child walk around moving the cards to the right place.
*A memory game can be made with one card being the sight word, one being an approprate picture. I often buy used memory games at goodwill, without worry if they match, and use the cards, glueing on new pics. they are the right thickness, the right weight, and the best size, and have matching backs. what could be better?
*If you can get your hands on a solid color, light colored ball, you can make a 'sight word' ball, emphasize right from left at the same time. Use an indelible marker (then let it dry for 2 or 3, or 4, days, before using) to cover the ball with a spider web of lines, dividing the ball into 20 or 30 or 45 sections, about half dollar size. then write a sight word in each section. As one child tosses the ball to another child, they yell out a finger. (Right thumb! Left pinkie!) and the name of the child they are tossing at. When the child catches (or picks up the dripped ball), they read the word under that finger. Make the lines around each section nice, strait sides on a shapes with differing number of sides and you can have the children identify the shapes, too. (Triangle. pentagon. hexigon. octagon.)
The thing with the ball can be used for every subject and topic known to man, btw.
* Some great car games include site word car bingo, sight word searches and spelling bees. Also practicing with word part identification so that they can use Mad libs soon :).
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 11:27 PM ET
Member Since: 11/22/2008
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This isn't a game....more of a hands-on activity.

Make a set of sight word cards for each child in the group.  I'd target 10 - 12 words.   Use oaktag / tagboard since it is sturdier.  Place a small magnet on the back of each card.  (I found an awesome product - Stickels - nickel size self-adhesive magnets!!!)  Magnet strips cut into small pieces is less expensive and works ok also.

Each child holds a metal spatula......(I learned to carry a magnet in my purse to test the spatula before buying!!!)

Activity:  Children have cards spread out in front of them.  Teacher says a word.  Each child searches for that word....places it on the spatula....and holds it up to "show" the teacher the word.  They LOVE it!!!  

Subject: thanks
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 11:23 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2008
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Thanks so much for your suggestions.  I am using most of them and will work to implement them all.  He is progressing very fast!  again thanks!

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2007
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Look under Fluency for the High Frequency Word Activities.