Students learn so many valuable things in elementary school. We set the foundation for their education for the rest of their lives. Among all of the important things they learn in school, it all starts in their kindergarten classroom when we teach them the building blocks of reading, writing, and math.
Aside from letters, and numbers, a huge focus is on learning sight words. Sight words are generally words that students will see the most often while reading. Little learners should have them memorized to help them continue to learn to read and write. They help them produce meaning and skip difficult decoding skills as beginning readers.
When deciding on what activities to do to practice sight words in kindergarten, the sky’s the limit! They are young and excited to learn new things. There are a number of fun and engaging activities you can do to practice sight words with them.
Here are some of my favorite sight words activities for my students
- Have a sight word hunt while reading. Choose your sight word for the day and have your students hunt for the word in their book.
- Get some yummy treats involved. Make a big bowl of pudding. Students can dip their fingers in the pudding and write their sight word on a pan with the pudding. If they get the word right, they get to lick their fingers! This one is guaranteed to be a hit.
- Do some task cards. Task cards are a fun alternative to worksheets. Task cards feel more like a game than work!
- Use magnetic letters. Get some cheap cookie sheets and some magnetic letters and have your students spell out the words.
- Make sight word necklaces. This resource includes 88 sight words that your students can use to make fun sight word necklaces. Everytime your student looks at their necklace, they will be reminded of their sight word. It is also great for getting parents involved in your students learning!
- Use shaving cream. Spray shaving cream on the students desks and let them use their fingers to write out their sight words in the shaving cream. Fun and messy!
- If you are distance learning, try out these Sight Words Google Slides activities. These reading comprehension passages and questions are a fun and engaging way to improve comprehension and fluency while practicing sight words.
Learning can be so fun when you are working with kindergarten aged students. Everything is new and exciting so just have fun with it!
What are your favorite ways to work on reading with your students? Let me know in the comments!
For more kindergarten ideas, check out these free winter activity ideas!