Sight Word Activities for Kids

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Learning sight words is a great boost to beginning readers and ELL students. These sight word activities incorporate movement and group work to make sight word practice more motivating for students.

Learning Sight Words

Learning to read is a demanding task. Gaining the ability to recognize certain high-frequency words on sight helps students to increase their reading fluency, which can enhance reading comprehension. Sight word activities can be particularly helpful for younger students, English language learners, and students with language-based learning disabilities. If you work with any of these populations, check out these sight word activities for ideas for your class.

Activity: Stand on Sight Words

Objective: Select a named sight word from an array of words.

Materials: Sidewalk chalk and an outside area OR signs with sight words and a gym floor

  • Preparation: Use sidewalk chalk to create a large grid on the ground outside. Select a list of sight words appropriate to your students' needs, and write each sight word on the grid a few times (for example, you might choose 10 words, make a grid of 30 squares, and write each word three times). Alternative: Create a grid out of paper signs taped to the floor of the gym.
  • Students stand along the outside edge of the grid.
  • Give an instruction, such as ''Stand on _____.'' (insert sight word)
  • If you have a large group of students, you might want to have fewer students moving to a single word. Instructions can be more specific, such as ''If you're wearing red, stand on _____.'' (insert sight word)

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