“My students need extra practice with our word wall words,” is a common theme with many teachers that I know. It’s also something that my own son needs extra practice with at home and was a frequent need in my own classroom.
Here are some engaging activities that you can integrate into your literacy centers, another portion of your word study block or even at home (for parents).
Note: for additional information on word walls, read this post: https://literacywithlisa.com/category/word-walls/
- Rainbow writing: students write the words, a different color for each letter.
- Word wall hunt: students search for word wall words in their independent reading books, big books, class charts, poems, etc. They can record the words in their notebooks or on a designated recording sheet.
- Partner read/spell: Students work in pairs. One partner reads a word from the word wall while the other person spells the word (without looking). First person checks and then they switch roles.
- The Wheel: Just like the Wheel of Fortune, one person will play “Vanna.” This student will choose a word from the word wall (without telling anyone else) and then write a blank for each letter in the word on a sheet of paper. Students in the group take turns guessing letters until the word is spelled.
- Bingo: print a reproducible sheet here: http://www.bingocardprinter.com/pdf/blank.pdf One student will read the words while the other students play.
- Word Wall Memory: Materials needed – word wall cards written on index cards, two for each word. Students turn all the words over. They then take turns turning two cards over at a time, reading each word aloud. If the two cards match, he/she takes the card. If not, play continues with the next person. Player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
- Syllables: Have the students write two columns on their paper like this: Word Number of Syllables The they choose words and record the number of syllables for each.
- Word wall sort: Materials: set of cards with word wall and non-word wall words written on index cards. Students sort the words into two categories.
What other games/activities do you use in your own classroom to reinforce sight words? Please share them here!