These days there are a lot of worksheets and games for practicing the Fry or Dolch Sight Words, and I mean a lot. So much so, in fact, that it reminds me of when I used to go grocery shopping with my dad and he would complain about the fact that there was something like 2, 369 different brands of ketchup.
“Couldn’t they just have Heinz and the store brand and be done with it?”
Even with the reasonable prices many of these activities can be had for on sites like Teachers Pay Teachers (click here to see what I mean), building up a collection of quality games can still run into a few bucks for hard-working educators already spending enough of their own money on materials.
So taking my dad as inspiration, English Republic is offering truly affordable sight word game packs that contain all the activities teachers typically buy: bingo, dominoes, roll & read, I have…Who has…?, sight word flashcards, and board games like checkers. Why pay every time you need a new activity when you can pay just once for everything you need? And since these are growing game packs, I’ll be adding new activities several times a year which you can download at no extra cost, just like a lifetime subscription.
At English Republic, you can purchase game packs practicing the Fry 100, Fry 200, Fry 300, Fry 400, Fry 500, Fry 600, Fry 700, Fry 800, Fry 900, or the Fry 1000 for just 3 USD each (just click on any of the links), or The Complete Fry Sight Words Game Pack at just 15 USD, which as of June 2018 contains over three thousand pages.
There are two sets of bingo cards per level, each one practicing fifty sight words. With 50 bingo cards per set, there are more than enough for your entire class. The cards come in both color and black and white for the ink conscious teacher. Caller cards and bingo markers are included, of course.
There are ten sets of domino cards per level, with each 100-piece set practicing ten sight words. They are clearly labeled and easy to keep in order. If you are not sure how to play, instructions are included. This is one of my favorite games for small groups of 2 to 6 children.
Roll & Read
My students and I love Roll & Read. It’s the simplest no-prep game you can play. Just roll the dice and color the sight words. There are twenty game boards per level, each one available in color or black and white.
I Have… Who Has…?
No sight word game pack would be complete without I have… who has…? In this version of the game, you can choose how large to make the set you are practicing. Watch the video below to see the game in action (with numbers instead of sight words).
Checkers & Other Board Games
If you are into games that you played with your grandpa, there are a dozen checker boards per level. If you don’t have your own game pieces, printable ones are included too.
There are two of my own creations as well. In Mr. Penguin’s Class, players race around the board trying to collect sight word cards. When they’ve all been collected, the player with the most cards wins – but be careful! If you’re not too skilled at rock, paper, scissors you can lose your cards to the other players.
Then there is Island Hoppers, a simple game where players roll their dice to advance along the game board while reading sight words.
And as the Cat in the Hat once said, “That is not all. Oh, no. That is not all!” If you teach the Dolch Sight Words, there is an identical game for that list of sight words too. By the fall of 2018, I will also have completed a similar series for the Oxford List Plus, so stay tuned!