SIGHTWORD FLASHCARDS BORING! FIVE QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO TAKE BORING TO AMAZING!

picture shows flashcards of sight word nouns on St. Patrick's Day frames.

SIGHTWORD  Flashcards are an essential part of any primary classroom.  It can get so tedious that some days, I wanted to shudder when we had to practice our sight words!

IT WAS BORING TO ME AND I KNEW IT WAS TO MY FIRST-GRADE STUDENTS!

I HAD TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING TO KEEP ME AWAKE!

44 YEARS OF THE SAME WORDS CAN WEAR A PERSON OUT!

 

Here are FIVE WAYS I BROUGHT BORING TO AMAZING!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Nouns Picture Sight Word

TIP # ONE:

Make Flashcards Seasonal!

  •   Use Holidays or Seasonal Backgrounds to make the Learning Entertaining!
  •   It doesn’t matter that they have the same words that they had in September!
  •   It is the fact that it is in a fun holiday format.
  •   Children LOVE HOLIDAYS AND SEASONS!
  •    MAKE IT FUN AND REFRESHING! 

     

    Concentration Game is displayed to show two rows of  blank cards.  The bottom row has two cards turned over displaying cards with the word hurt on a St. Patrick's Day Shamrock that a child is holding.  A picture of a child's hand is shown turning over one of the cards to show how the game is played. 
    Concentration Activity Fun

 

TIP # TWO:

CONCENTRATION GAME!

  • Easy to make and teach to students
  • Partner Game
  • Use only ten words or less
  • Can be used to start a reading group session
  • Great game for substitutes

 

Three Girls holding Shamrocks with sight words: of, old, once and putting them in alphabetical order. 
Alphabetical Order Activity

 

 

TIP # THREE:

ALPHABETICAL ORDER!

  • Use the flashcards and put them in alphabetical order

Differentiation is key here.  You can either have students alphabetize by:

  • first letter
  • second letter
  • using three words
  • four words
  • five words
  • all ten words

Change up the words every week so that the students get a fresh set of words to sort and alphabetize.

Important: Have an alphabet posted in the room for the students to refer to, or a card at their desk.  This is really important for the struggling learner.

 

Homework Practice taskcard box has two cards showing morning sun and sky at night to show opposites.
Homework Practice:  Nouns Opposites

 

 

TIP # FOUR

 

HOMEWORK PRACTICE!

  • Great for differentiation! It doesn’t matter if your student is reading on a primer level or on a fifth-grade level, homework practice words are unique to that student.
  • Family time! Let the student play games with their parents, like Concentration!
  • Writing!  Great homework practice.  Ask them to make up a story with their ten words!
  • Ten words! Yes, try to keep the list of flashcards to ten or fewer each week!
  • Having a container to carry the flashcards each week will make it easier to keep track of the words, and make it exciting for them too!  I would provide the boxes to my students because most of them couldn’t afford to get a plastic container.  It also made it easier to be uniform for all of them.

 

COLOR BY CODE PICTURE OF A DANCING LEPRECHAUN USING SIGHT WORDS FOR STUDENTS TO COLOR AS AN ASSESSMENT
Assessment Fun!

 

 

TIP # FIVE

 

COLOR-BY-CODE!

 

  • Color-by-code worksheets are easy to make!  Get a seasonal picture.  Write the sight words you want them to find.  Add a color key!  And you have a great worksheet for your students!  
  • Use for practice in finding and reinforcing their words for that week.
  • Differentiate their learning.
  • Learning Centers
  • Early Finishers
  • Assessments
  • Great for Substitute Teachers 

 

pin of reading first grade sight word flashcards pictures
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