Thursday, October 9, 2014

25 Ways to Teach Sight Words!

I'm going to share with you some fun and engaging ways to teach sight words.  I mentioned in this post, that I LOVE teaching sight words!!  There are numerous reasons, but one of them is the essential fact that learning sight words is just a hop, skip and a jump away from reading fluently!

Edward William Dolch, in 1948, created a list of words that he believed to be essential for all students to learn first! Many teachers have found this to be true.  Unfortunately, not all words can be sounded out.. so confusing!  But, when you teach your kiddos sight words, and the simplicity of recognizing them by sight, they stand a better chance at becoming fluent readers!

Here are 25 Ways to Teach Sight Words:

1. Word of the Day

Consider a word of the day or week.  Students can write a sentence with the word and add it to the class chart before, during a lesson or even as an exit ticket.

2. Sight Word Search

These Kindergarten Sight Word Searches are a great review of the sight words.  You can find these sight word searches here.

3.  Sight Word Songs

Click the picture to watch!
My students LOVED these!!!

4.  Sight Word Practice Pages

I blogged about these here.

5.  Sight Word Make a Match on Starfall

This can be played individually on the computer, on an ipad, or whole group with an interactive board.

6.  Use a doodle sketch or whatever you call these... 

These would be perfect to review sight words during small group time.  Anything that keeps your students engaged and is hands on is perfect for reviewing sight words.

7.  Spelling Practice on

This is a fun game to practice whole group, small group or individually with a smart board, computer or ipad.

8.  Another fun interactive way to ask your students how to spell a word.  This game is also on

9.  Playdoh Sight Words

This photo came from Mrs. Bremer's Class blog.  She found a freebie to use for making sight words out of play doh. Fun!!

10.  Sight Word Necklace

This idea came from Kinder by Kim.  She says to wear a sight word necklace and as your kiddos enter the room they have to tell you the sight word.  Great idea!

11. Literacy Centers

There are so many fun ways to incorporate sight words into literacy centers.  This activity is in my Fall/Halloween Math & Literacy Centers.

12.  Interactive Sight Word Sentences

If you have an interactive board-- this is one of the easiest centers to make!  I would simply insert a picture per page, and separately type up the words in the sentence.  Then, I made sure to mix them up and save the entire flipchart.

13. Sight Word Sentence Building Pages

This particular page is from my Apple Unit.

14. Simple Sight Word Books

I LOVED making these books!  The student had to put the sentence in the correct order, match the picture, then read it to a few friends, to me or silently.

15. iPad Sight Word Games and Resources

There are so many iPad sight word games.  Just try googling it and see what happens!!!

15.  Morning Messages

Before each reading lesson, we always had a morning message.  I would pick a few students to come to the board and circle/underline some of the sight words that were found in the sentence.

16.  Using Sight Words with Crafts

PS- I cannot for the life of me remember where this idea came from.. if it was you, feel free to comment below!

17.  Tree Maps

Tree Maps help teach your students/child how to write a paragraph.  It all starts with the sight words.  "Bats can fly.  Bats have wings.  Bats are creepy!"

18. Flashcards

Let's not forget flash cards!  Repetition is key.. so there is nothing wrong with bringing these bad boys out here and there!

19.  Sight Word Songs to Review a lot of Words

Click the picture to watch!

20.  Homework Checklist of all Sight Words to Parents

This comes from my Read like a Rockstar Pack.

21.  Sensory Bin

This would be so much fun for building sight words.  Stick a little recording sheet at the center and call it common core (haha).

22. Sight Word Sticker Books

This was another idea that came from Mrs. Bremer's Kindergarten blog.  Give them a sticker for each word they can read.  Over time they will be able to fill the entire book!

23.  Water Color Sight Words

This comes from Sharing Kindergarten.  Kids love to paint, so this center is a no brainer for student engagement.  What a fun center!!!

24.  Magnetic Letters

We can't forget those magnetic letters!
This is a perfect hands on activity for those kinesthetic learners.

25.  Websites: Pinterest & the

Lastly, I almost always have to mention Pinterest.. I am such a visual person and it helps me to get ideas, inspiration, tips, tricks, etc.. with the millions of pictures. I just started a board for Sight Words.  Be sure to follow it!

Make sure to check out  They have so many games and resources for FREE-- yup that's right FREE!!!

I hope you found some great ideas to implement into your own classroom.  Be sure to check out my newest sight word unit below!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Becky, great post! I love your ideas. I will bookmark this post for SURE!

    1. Thanks Kimberly!! You're so sweet!

  2. Wow!!! Thank you!! Will pin these ideas for school any own kids!

  3. These are all such great ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thank you for sharing! So many new ideas and some oldies I'd forgotten about - great resource.
    Nina @

  5. This is a fantastic post with so many great tips on learning sight words! My daughter is 4 and entering kindergarten next fall so perfect timing for us! Stopping by from The Educator's Spin On It. pinning!

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  7. A big thank you to you Becky....for putting together all of helpful.

  8. Thank you for these great ideas! I just came across your posts on Pinterest and love your site/blog! Thank you for all of your work!

  9. Hi ! How many pages in the sight word practice booklet?

  10. Thank you for creating this post. I always look for new and different ways of teaching my little ones. The resources here will surely help! Thank you!


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  12. Wooooooooooooow amazing ideas thank you

  13. Thanks so much for the download! My granddaughter loves it! Good luck with all those precious babies! I was a stay at home Mom of 6, so I know how hard, though wonderful it can be! The dividends it pays are everlasting!

  14. These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing them.