Monday, November 28, 2016

Sight Word Dice...Rollin' in the Reading

Want a fun sight word activity? Grab a die and a list of easily confused words and watch the learning (and the laughing.)

Saw? Was? Very? Every?


Have you ever had students who confuse "was" and "saw?" Or "of" and "from?" Me, too. We played a fun game Wednesday before Thanksgiving break. I passed out the mats to the students, then remembered I needed a dice.  Hmmm? That shouldn't be a big deal, right? Well, evidently I don't have any dice in my "reading specialist" room...at least not typical dice. I had big dice from EAI. (These dice can be bought on-line.) All of the sudden, this little game was a party.  The students could throw the dice across the floor, not just in a control place on the carpet.
Want a fun sight word activity? Grab a die and a list of easily confused words and watch the learning (and the laughing.)

How fast can you read it?

Sight words are an interesting thing. We want the words to be automatic.  We can't rely on strategies to decode or context clues. They have to know them, but we have to make it meaningful and fun.  Why shouldn't we make it fun.  It's easy:
  1. Roll the Dice.
  2. Read the column under that die, as quickly as you can.
  3. Try to do it faster and faster.  
  4. Be careful, if you mess up you have to start back at the top.
You can even challenge the students to a reading duel. (I wouldn't want to challenge students to race against each other, but race against themselves.)

Freebie

If you'd like a few Sight Word Dice mats, there is a FREE set in my TPT store.  
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