ABC and 123: Sight Word Games

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sight Word Games

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Sight Words, by definition, don't follow phonetic rules. They are not easy to sound out. They have to be memorized. However, memorization can be a tedious process when words are presented in endless lists with only auditory or visual clues. Sight Words are best learned though games.

You may want to begin by familiarizing yourself with some of the many different sight word lists from CanDo.

Suggestions for practicing with sight words are given at Literacy Connections.

For another overview of sight word games you may appreciate this Sight Word Game.com.

Er-u-di-tion is a sight word review game. Unlike most sight words games, this is a colorful & competitive board game. The game is built around the Dolch and Fry sight word lists, and while playing your child will learn over 300 key letters and words necessary for successful reading.

As adults and children interact with this game they will make their way around a board designed to look like a community. There are opportunities along the way to encourage vocabulary, ask questions, and build awareness. The game comes with 5 solid colored playing pieces. However, after learning the game my family has used Match Box cars and zoo animals as fill in pieces to add variety to the game.

There are many levels of play, which make this game beneficial to children of many different ability levels. My 2 oldest children are currently working on very different literacy goals, yet they are able to play the game together.

After playing for just a few months in our home, I sent the following testimonial to the creators of Er-u-di-tion,
“We have been having a lot of fun with Er-u-di-tion as a family. My 5 year old has declared it to be his favorite game of the summer. That is exciting to me as we are already seeing a lot of improvement in his sight word recall. The game is motivating and effective! My 3 year old is close to having the alphabet cards mastered too - yeah!”

WIN!
Er-u-di-tion is offering one of our readers a chance to win a game of their own.
Parents - you will want a copy of this game to play at home.
Teacher - this game is a fantastic classroom resource appropriate for differentiating instruction based on the unique abilities of each of the students in your classroom.

To be entered to win, simply visit Er-u-di-tion's website and report back to us with something you learned about Sight Words and/or the game.

For additional entries:
~Follow ABC & 123
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~Become an ABC & 123 Facebook Fan (in our left hand side bar)
~Tweet about this giveaway
~Comment about which sight word list your child is currently working with

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 29th at 10PM EST. However, this fantastic learning game is always available for purchase.

41 comments:

  1. i learned that there are actual "lists" of sight words... i thought it was just another way to learn to read...

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  2. i subscribe via bloglines...
    (great giveaway btw - LOVE it!)

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  3. I found out that the game cards "comprise up to 90% of beginner level reading material and over 50% of all English text." Wow! They were thorough when making this game!

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  4. we are just beginning learning to read. My son knows his alphabet and the basic phonic sounds. We are starting to look at some of the first sight words this week in fact. We are working in the, of, and, a, and at

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  5. I have heard many great things about this game!

    I am glad to see that the game time is about 15 to 20 minutes. Any longer and the child will lose interest. I think it's great that this game covers upper and lower case letters and has 3 levels of sight words.

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  6. We don't really have a sight words list. We play a sight words bingo game that includes 46 commonly used words.

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  7. I love the Dolch List on Er-u-di-tion's site! Will definitely copy that!

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  8. Sight words my kiddos are currently working on are the words in their Bible Verses as part of the Awana curriculum

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  9. It has multiple levels of game play

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  10. I'm a fan on facebook, that's how I saw this post

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  11. we're on the pre-reader list. I need to start working on this

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  12. I learned that "these words represent 50% to 75% of all English text". That is pretty big.

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  13. We are on the pre-reader list.

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  14. I follow ABC and 123.

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  15. Our oldest is three, but we're been working with the pre-primer list of Dolch words.

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  16. I like that there are different cards and different learning levels to the game, making it a fun learning tool for years to come.

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  17. I checked out the site, and I love the fact that it includes upper and lowercase letters so a wider group of ages can play

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  18. I like that different reading levels can all play together. I think this would be a great addition to our workbox system.

    What a fun way to learn sight words!

    I subscribe through google reader.

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  19. we use the Doltch sight word list in our homeschool

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  20. I learned the age range is "varies" more than I thought! I was thinking 7 yrs old 2nd grade would get bored! But looks like the age range varies and thats nice!

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  21. My daughter is in 1st grade and learning from the dolch sight word list!

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  22. I LOVE that the cards are grouped by reading level so that EVERYONE can play!!! ;-)

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  23. I learned that the cards are categorized by reading level.

    juliecerdas at gmail dot com

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  24. My LO is still working on the alphabet. LOL. But I'm sure she'll be working on the Dolch list soon.

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  25. I subscribe via email - thanks for the great site. I get lots of helpful ideas!

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  26. I learned that, depending on the list, sight words can comprise up to 75% of english text

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  27. We are currently working on "was".

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  28. I am now a follower too! Thanks for so many opportunities to win such a great game!

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