The Complete Fry Sight Words Game Pack

The complete fry sight words game pack - bingo, dominoes, roll & read, I have who has, and board games.

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.

Bingo Cards

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.

Sight Words Dominoes - Fry First Hundred

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.

Fry Sight Words - Roll and Read

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).

Fry Sight Words - I Have Who Has

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!


My Top 5 Free Clip Art Sites for Teachers

Everybody has their own favorite clip art sites, and today I’d like to share mine. They aren’t necessarily the greatest, but they work for me. So, without further ado…

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1. The Noun Project

The classroom potential of The Noun Project should be apparent to anyone with eyes. I mean how can you  not be awestruck by a million-plus supply of free icons and symbols beautifully crafted by professional artists. For the minimalists of the world, they come exclusively in black and white and are the definition of elegant design. But if you feel so inclined, you can pay the membership fee to get them in any color you like.

Check out their work here:

2. My Cute Graphics

Laura Strickland’s artwork is widely used by primary school teachers. Her free clipart is available at My Cute Graphics, and includes hundreds of adorable images which I liberally use in my teaching materials for young English learners.

Whimsy Clips is her premium site if you’re looking for specialized art and you’ve got money to burn. These are probably most useful to teachers making their own products to sell online.

3. Unsplash

Need something beautiful but not so cutesy? Unsplash has some seriously spectacular photography that they are literally giving away. Thousands upon thousands of high quality photos from a talented community of photographers for anyone to download and do with what they like. I’ve become so taken by this site that it has become my sole source for images of real things.

You’ve already unknowingly seen much of their work. This picture for example is hilarious but oddly familiar.

That’s because it is part of an advertisement at my neighborhood subway station.

4. Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is better known as a place to source non-corporate teaching materials, but it is also a first class library of high quality and varied clip art. Most of it must be paid for, but quite a bit is free. Many creators do very well supplying clip art to other sellers to make their own products with. When I needed a new set of alphabet letters, I needed look no farther than Graphics from the Pond.

5. Open Clipart

Openclipart is the polar opposite of sites like Unsplash. What quality standards may exist are near impossible to discern, and searching for a specific picture on the site can often feel like digging through a teenage boy’s bedroom looking for a lost sock. And yet, it contains what feels like an untapped well of interesting images that just aren’t to be found on other sites, like this Parisian bar, which I quite like.


Anyway, those are my favorites. If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment below.

A Christmas Journal for Young Learners


With Christmas nearly upon us, it can be hard for teachers to keep young students on task. Most kids are focused on what Santa Claus (or Santa Mom and Santa Dad) is going to bring them, assuming they haven’t already made the naughty list. To fill those low productivity periods in the day I’ve been working on a series of themed journals for really young kids.

They couldn’t be simpler to use. Kids cut out the words at the bottom of each page, and glue them in order at the top of the page. They then write the sentence once or twice and draw a picture about it. These kind of exercises reinforce essential sentence patterns and get the kids talking about Christmas.

Here in South Korea I use them almost every day to get my young English learners writing and drawing as either a warm-up or alternatively as part of my wind-down routine. In some cases I assign it as a work-at-your-own-pace homework booklet. Some of my parents really like having something Englishy for the kids to do at home that doesn’t feel like they’re asking the kids to get their teeth pulled.

On a side note, kids here in South Korea have an unimaginable, out-of-this -world homework burden that would make those amazing Finnish teachers drop dead in shock. Teachers perpetually feel pressured to assign more by parents, and parents feel pressured to ask for more in this ultra-competitive society. For anyone trying to fight this stark educational reality, it can feel like trying to hold back the tide. Tbe best teachers like me can do is to assign fun little extras where we can

Anyway, you can check out this Christmas journal here.

Teaching Night of the Ninjas to Korean Kids

Seeing how excited children get watching Ninjago is proof enough for me that Magic Tree House #5 Night of the Ninjas should definitely be included on your list of Must-Teach-It-Before-I-Die books. And what’s not to like about a chapter book where children are magically whisked away from their home and plopped smack down in the middle of a ferocious civil war between ninjas and samurai warriors and made to fend for themselves? There are life lessons in a book like that.

I grant my older students a little flexibility when I decide which novels to teach. They can choose from among a shortlist of preselected novels and if we can achieve more or less unanimity, I try to go with their choice. The children feel they have more control over what they are reading which allows me to hold their attention a little better. In a recent vote, the choice was between this book, Freckle Juice, and Nate the Great San Francisco Detective. After just a quick look at the covers a consensus was achieved in about three seconds.

Them: The ninja book!

Me: Fair enough. But don’t you want to hear about the other…

Them: No! We want ninjas! Blood! Blood!! Blood!!!

As always, the novel study from English Republic has a complete set of teaching tools for each chapter, most of what you’d need for your classes. It’s available for students whose first language is either Korean or Japanese, and the Arabic version is almost done. The first chapter is free, so just visit the product page and try it out.



Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas, a Novel Study for Kids Learning to Read English

With Thanksgiving soon upon us, it is time to start thinking about what to read with your young learners this coming December. You can get never go wrong with the world’s greatest child detective. In Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas, our hero must once again come to the aid of Fang, the pet and companion of his friend Annie, who is growing worried that he will be having a blue Christmas.

I’ve taught the book several times to children here is South Korea and it is always one of their favorites. The Nate books are always funny and enjoyable to read with children, but I suppose what I like the best about the later books in the series is the art. It just makes me want to savor every page.

English Republic has a novel study for teaching the book that comes with all the regular goodies: comprehension questions, writing prompts, vocabulary exercises, quizzes, and puzzles. It is available in four versions, for children whose first language is either Arabic, Spanish, Korean, or Japanese. As always the first section is free, and even if you’ve already purchased it, you should re-download the latest version which because I’ve spent some time updating it.

And if you like the coming attraction style movie above (or if it at least doesn’t annoy you), please click the like button or leave a comment. I’m experimenting these days with the RawShorts video making site and I’m keen to know what anyone think. It’s a lot of fun and you can try it for free.