Beverly Barwick
This page updated on September 20, 2008.
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Sight Words List:
The Dolch Word List is a collection of the most common English words seen in print. To help your child read with ease, these words should be mastered within the first few years of school. They should practice these words often for automaticy while reading. In class, these words are part of our weekly "words to know". The classroom wordwall will grow as these words are added. Complete Word List


Word Games / Phonics:
1. Word Families
Word Families are words that are related because they have the same ending. An example of words in the "at" word family are cat, bat, mat, sat, and rat. Print out these cards and make words using the -at, -en, ing, ip, etc. families. This activity helps student recognize word families and encourages them to apply a known pattern to unfamiliar words when reading.

2. Newspaper Hunt
How many words can you find in the newspaper? Cut out words you find in the newspaper or catalogs. Use the sight word list or current vocabulary words. This is a popular center in my classroom. This activity helps students recognize common words in everyday reading. It encourages them to distinguish one word among many.

3. Make a chart of -ee- and -ea- words
How many words can you find that have the long /e/ sound using the pattern -ee- and -ea-? This activity helps students recognize these patterns when reading and encourages them to apply this knowledge to unknown words when reading. Use the T-chart to record words.

4. Make a chart of /ou/ and /ow/ words
This activity is similiar to the one above. Students make a list of words that have the /ou/ sound as in house and the /ow/ sound as in flower. Use the T-chart to record words.

5. Long and Short Vowels
Go on a vowel hunt to find long and short vowel words. This activity helps students distinguish between the various short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds. Short /a/, /e/, and /i/ sounds can be tricky for some students. Record the words on this chart.

6. Make sight word flash cards
Use index cards or small pieces of paper to create flashcards. Sight word flash cards can also be found in some stores.

7. Build-a-Word Letter Cards
Use these alphabet cards to make words. Print the consonants and vowels on different colored papers. Then cut the letters out and store them in a baggie. Students spell words with the cards then write the new words down. Great for practicing sight words, spelling words, rhyming words, etc.


Reading & Writing Games:
1. Color Words Matching Game
This game provides practice with identifying colors and reading color words. Students match color words to the colored dot. Some color words are more of a challenge, but it's still fun to play. It can be made into a file folder game or all the cards can be stored in one large envelope. (PDF)

2. Make Sentences
Student write their own sentence and then cuts the words apart. Then they can put the sentence back together and read it. Great activity to do with spelling words or sentences from a favorite story.

3. I Spy
Here's a sneaky way to incorporate writing into a center's activity. Students use this paper and a clipboard to "spy" on others during centers time. Students write down comments such as "Nicole is reading a book" and "Joseph is doing a puzzle". Another variation is for students to write words they "spy" around the room such as "desk", "pencil sharpener", "door", etc. This works great when many items around the classroom are labeled.


Math Games:
1. Comparing Numbers
This is a file folder activity I created for math centers. Students practice comparing numbers using >, <, and = symbols. Great for challenging 1st or 2nd graders. (PDF)

2. M&M Sorting and Graphing
Using candy is a yummy way to practice math skills! Students sort out the colors of M&Ms and then graph the results on a block graph. We use the small fun-packs. Sorting Sheet. Graph.