August 15, 2016

Easy, Last Minute, Sight Word Crafts

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!

Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!



Easy, Last Minute, Sight Word Crafts

It Doesn't Have To Be Difficult 

How many times have you put off doing some wonderful classroom craft because you simply don't have the time?  It happens to me all of the time.  Another issue is the cost!  Everyone who teaches knows that this is not a career...... it's an expensive hobby!  We use our own money all of the time in our own classrooms.  The following ideas for sight word engagement in your classroom can be differentiated to suit different levels, they are easy to create, and they are inexpensive!  Have fun and get a pedicure with the money you have saved.... you deserve it!!!


Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!

 Building Blocks

These adorable building blocks are $3 at Target!  They come in a clear zipper closing container.  Students can build using different sized blocks and wheels.  I used calendar labels that I had left over from last year's calendar to differentiate.  The container is labeled so that students and helpers in the classroom know what "color" labels to look for.  My blocks cover all preprimer, primer, 1st, and 2nd Dolch sight words.  The student must be able to read his word (you could even have them put that word into a sentence or ask a question using that word) before they can build with it.  I have 2 sets of these and the students beg me to use them! You can also find these at garage sales and save even more money!

Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!

 Fluency Sentences

Using colorful sentence strips I made these fluency sentences.  Each color strip represents a different level of Dolch sight word.  The levels are endless but I have preprimer - 3rd grade sight words.  On the back of each piece I have a number.  If students mix up the sentences they are easily reorganized.  I was fortunate and I didn't have to pay for the sentence strips but Lakeshore sells 100 of these colorful strips for under $5.  A sharpie and a pair of scissors and my project was complete.  This has helped my students with sentence structure, reading, and writing.  You can even have your student write the sentence once they have put it together.  My students love to grab a set of fluency sentences for morning work.

Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!

 Popcorn Game

I have seen many versions of this game but this one is my favorite!  I printed out popcorn shaped clip art onto card stock to create this game.  The bucket is only $1 at the Dollar Tree store.  I found the card stock (250 pack) for approximately $6 at Walmart.  I had plenty of card stock to make multiple levels of Dolch words for leveled game play!  You can also differentiate by adding directional game cards.  On my preprimer cards a student may pick a popcorn that says, "POP".  This means that they have to put all of their popcorn back in the bucket.  For the 2nd grade level it may say, "Give your popcorn to the player to your right." 

Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!

  Dice Roll

To create my sight word dice roll I use my story retell cube.  I received this one from a friend (the best way to get new resources) but you can find this at Oriental Trading for under $7.  I like to put our sight words of the week in the cube.  The student then can have a choice to roll and write three sentences using that word.  Illustrate and write a story using that word.  Sing a song using that word.  Do jumping jacks while saying and spelling the word.  They can also do a combination of the above choices.  To save money I have also made cubes like this using a simple box that is wrapped with wrapping paper and covered with clear, packing tape.  The I use packing tape to create pockets!  It's fun and quiet when it rolls on the table!

Studies say that sight word acquisition through fun, hands-on activities will lead to student engagement and  build strong fluency. With very little time and effort, you can create simple and captivating activities for your students!  This post will give you 5 specific ideas to get those creative juices flowing!  Have fun!!!Cup Stacking

Using Dixie cups I made these stacking cups.  I have also seen teachers call them "Towers of Power".  You can store them in washed out Pringle containersI bought 200 cups for under $4 at Walmart.  The students must be able to read the word and have their partner check it before they can build with it.  If their tower falls they have to start all over again.  This keeps them working quietly and carefully.  I have the sight words written in different colors to keep them organized.  If they get mixed up with another level of Dolch word they are easily noticed and put back into their proper place.  Before the students can take their tower down they read the words again.

Share Your Great Ideas:

Do you have some fun games in mind that have helped your students flourish as readers?  We want to hear it!!!  Please share here!  Let us know how much it cost, the time it took, and how it was implemented into your classroom.  As always, I am so excited to hear your amazing ideas!









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  1. I used calendar labels that I had left over from last year's calendar to differentiate.

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    1. That is exactly what I did!!! Great minds think alike!

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