ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: High Frequency Words

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

High Frequency Words

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Homeschool Blogger shares these suggestions and more for working with sight words.
* Sight word BINGO

* Snowball fight --the words are written on crumbled up peices of paper and tossed with a partner.
* Basketball--played with the same papers as above, if you can read the word you get to attempt a basket.
* Painting sight words
* Hide and Find---if you find one, and can read it you get a prize. Our prizes were raisins.
* Hopscotch---sort of, we made a large grid with the words in chalk on the driveway. Each player took a turn by tossing a rock to a word and reading it.

The Big Boat explains the came of One! which is their families adaptation of Uno including sight words.

Anne from Teaching Two has submitted the following list including several fun ways to practice sight words.  You will want to check her post to find the list of sight words she is working from.

Rainbow Writing- This can be done with paint, markers, crayons, chalk, etc. Just have your child write the word and then copy it using different colors.

Hang Man- We play this on her easel and use her word wall words. I don’t really like the name of the game and we only draw the man when we play.

Guess the Word- I would give her clues such as, this word has three letters and rhymes with fan. Then she had to guess the word I am thinking of… can. This game is great in introduce vowels too.

Word Puzzles- I write her words on index cards (one letter per card) using a different color for each word. Then she had to piece them together and spell the word. You can have your child glue them onto a different piece of paper or store them in an envelope to be used over and over again. This is a fun activity to do with your child’s name also. Ashlyn loved spelling all the names of the people in our family.

Find the Words- I type up a very short paragraph using as many of her words as I can. Then I would give her a highlighter to find her words. Then she would illustrate the story.

4 In a Row- I stumbled across this idea by a man named Adrian Bruce. I printed a couple of different game boards and had them laminated. The directions are on the website and it’s a simple game for any age. We used coins as game markers so Ashlyn could learn the different coin names and amounts as she was practicing her words. She still loves to play this game.

Magazine Hunt- Have your child go through an old magazine or newspaper and cut out their words. Then glue them on a different piece of paper.

We have posted about High Frequency/Sight Words in the past here on ABC. Check out the other suggestions we've found here and here.


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