Engaging Ways To Practice Sight Words In Elementary

Let’s talk about sight words! 

Sight words are very important in the earlier grades. These words, or high-frequency words, are a collection of commonly used words that, with a little practice, students will be able to see on the page and recognize instantly. No more sounding out! This increases reading fluency and speed and makes reading more enjoyable for students because they feel more confident when they see words they know. 

It’s important for students to build up a base of words they know. It will give them the perfect jump start in their reading journey. 

Typically, high-frequency words are spaced out based on grade level so the level of difficulty for each word will change depending on the grade of the student.


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To really grasp these words, students must get plenty of practice with them. This means sending them home to work on with parents, reading books that include their sight words, completing worksheets based on their sight words, and so much more. There is an infinite way to practice sight words! 

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Here are some of my top favorite sight word activities

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Sight Word Boom Cards

These  boom cards are amazing because they are completely digital. They are interactive, self-checking, and perfect for your Kindergarten and first-grade students.

They will practice reading, making (spelling), and writing sentences. These words are the 1st set of 25 words from Fry’s list so they are a great place to start.  Perfect for distance learning practice or your literacy centers! 

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Sight Word Songs

This resource is fun, simple, and completely free! Research shows that using music to learn can have an impact on cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. This resource makes it easy to use that to your advantage. 

Your students will learn to read and write their sight words in record time with these songs! This is a super fun way to learn sight words instead of “drill and kill”. This resource is perfect for 1st and 2nd grade students. 

If you like the free version, you’ll love the full version here! It includes songs for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 letter words!

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Compound Sight Words

These engaging worksheets are great for 2nd and 3rd grade students who are ready for a little more challenge. 

These compound word activities and centers give extra practice with sight words, compound words, and reading comprehension. 

If you need more differentiated compound sight word practice resources, I have you covered with this resource here! 

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Sight Words Games

What kid doesn’t love playing games? Bring that joy to your sight word practice with these sight word games. 

This resource is perfect for beginners. The Go Hunting game is simple and easy to use. No prep needed! I have found that students love playing these games during centers (or maybe even indoor recess)! 

Free Sight Word Lists

This free resource is full of high frequency words for every level. Pre-Primer, Primer, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade.

Each grade level has a one-page sight word list with the 4th grade having a shortlist and a long list! Print these lists out for easy reference. They have been listed in alphabetical order to make it easy to find a word and instantly know what level it is.

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For more high frequency word fun, check out all of my resources here!

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