My blog subscribers have been asking for sight word games – so I created a set of games that feature all the Dolch sight words … from the preprimer list all the way to the third grade list.
(2022 Update: I don’t create games like this anymore, because I believe that most high frequency words are best taught within the context of phonics lessons. Learn more here.)
There are 5 main lists for the Dolch sight words: preprimer, primer, first, second, and third grade.
Since each game can only feature 20 words, I created three games for each level.
You can find the level for each game in the upper right hand corner. In the above example, the game is for the preprimer sight word list.
PP1, PP2, PP3 – preprimer games
P1, P2, P3 – primer games
1G1, 1G2, 1G3 – first grade games
2G1, 2G2, 2G3 – second grade games
3G1, 3G2, 3G3 – third grade games
I chose to use a kind of “code” to write the levels because I realize you may use these games with older, struggling readers. I don’t want them to be discouraged that they are playing a first grade level game.
Each game also comes with a set of word cards.
How to play:
- Choose a game board. Then print the board and accompanying cards. Cut the cards apart.
- Grab playing pieces and a die.
- Take turns moving around the board by rolling the die. If a player lands on a word, s/he reads it aloud. If a player lands on a fall picture, s/he takes a card and reads the list as quickly and clearly as possible.
- The first player to reach the squirrel, wins!
I played this game with my preschooler. She is not ready for the preprimer sight word list yet, but she does know a few sight words and can sound out words that end with -at. (This is all thanks to the lessons we’ve been doing from my favorite preschool reading curriculum, Reading the Alphabet).
Since she’s not ready for the games in the packet, I used the the free editable version and typed in my own words (email subscribers can find this for free in the subscriber library!).
I was so pleased (and, admittedly, a bit surprised) at how well she did! She enjoyed the game so much that we played it three times.
And even though she was playing against a much stronger reader, she won two times – thanks to the roll of the dice.
I do hope you can use these fun fall sight word games!
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