I found these keyboards at The Dollar Tree a few years ago and instantly knew I needed them! Students simply draw out a sight word card and type the word. This gives them practice with keyboard skills as well.
Go Fish is a popular children's card game, so why not incorporate sight words too? I used this Sight Words Go Fish game that includes pre-primer and primer words. It's also editable so you can enter your own words!
This is one of my favorite ideas to work on sight words. When students came into the room they had to High 5 a sight word and say it. I changed a few words out each week and kept some of the harder words up for awhile. Some students would even do this as they left the classroom because they enjoyed doing it! I stood by the door so I could make sure they were saying the word, helping them if they missed it, and making sure they aren't just doing the same word every single time.
Another center that I used for repeated sight word practice was this Rainbow Writing Sight Words game. It's even editable, so you can add your own sight words!! Students roll a color, choose a sight word, and write the sight word in that color. They continue until all rows are filled.
Kaboom is an easy game made with popsicle sticks and a small Pringles can. Just cover the can with this FREE paper, write sight words on popsicle sticks, and write KABOOM! on a few of the sticks. Students simply draw out a stick and read the word. If they draw the KABOOM! stick, they have to put all of their sticks back in the container. I put this game in my centers and use it for letters, sight words, numbers, math facts, etc. It's so simple but the students LOOOVE it!
Below are a few ideas to incorporate technology into your sight word practice. You could do this on your Smartboard or with an iPad and Apple TV. I use a wipe off board style app such as Show Me. I write a word on the screen or on the app. Students at their desk have a notebook and paper because they are going to try to write the sight word as many times as they can before the word is erased. I pick a student to be the "eraser". Once the word is erased, students count how many times they wrote it. The ones that had the most then get something special to write with (marker, pen, highlighter). I do this until everyone in the class has something fun to write with. Who knew that writing sight words could be so much fun?!?
Lastly, and one of my favorite way to practice sight words is with this Dolch Words Fluency & Fitness. This Powerpoint projects words onto your wall for students to name. Occasionally, there is an exercise screen to get students up and moving! Teachers get to control how fast or slow they click to go to the next slide. At the beginning of the year, I go slower as students learn the words, and then faster once they are mastering them! They love trying to say the words before I can click to the next slide.
If you teach Fry Words instead, I have bundles for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th 100 words.
Try this Sight Word Phrases Fluency & Fitness for a bit more of a challenge.
By using a variety of activities to learn sight words, it keeps the students interested and engaged. Then they'll start bragging at how many words they know how to read in their books! :) You can find 10 MORE sight word ideas with this new blog post I wrote here.
If you want more activities, you can find many sight word activities in my TPT store here!