Using the blocks from Sight Words Tower Challenge, we played “Speedy Sight Words” today. This was worked really well.
The fluency with which the boys were reading the words increased considerably through this game.
Aim of Speedy Sight Words:
For each player to recognise and collect each sight word blocks that belongs to his/her set before time runs out.
How to Play Speedy Sight Words:
Give each player a set of sight words – one block for each word. As we were focusing on eight sight words, each boy received four blocks each with different words on them.
The remaining blocks, (all of which bore copies of these words), are placed upside down in the middle of the table.
The caller picks up a block from the middle of the table and holds it up so all players can read it at one time.
The player who has the matching word in his/her set calls out “mine” and then reads the word.
If the word is read correctly, the player receives the block to add to his/her collection. If the word is read incorrectly, it is replaced upside down in the middle of the table.
To add a bit of excitement and keep the game moving quickly, the caller starts counting to five after picking up the sight word block. If no-one claims/reads the block before the caller counts to 5, the block goes back onto the table, face-down.
We added the time restriction after everyone was able to read the words. This added a bit of ‘pressure’ which heightened the excitement of the game. It was a race to beat the count.
Once all the words have been matched by players, they can then count how many blocks they have – a great way to add a bit of maths into the game.
Players swap words and the game is then played again.
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