Practicing sight words will help build confidence in young readers.

Fry sight words are high frequency words that are essential for students to know. These words appear frequently in written material, and a student's mastery of these words is critical to her reading fluency. Students should be able to read each sight word in about three seconds or less. It takes a lot of practice with these words for students to feel comfortable reading them automatically. These activities will help your students gain the much needed practice with these sight words, and will help them have fun while practicing.

Sight Word Go Fish

Make a set of cards for playing Go Fish by printing sight words onto card stock.

Print each sight word twice, so that there are pairs for every word.

Deal five cards to each player.

Play the game by having each student take a turn asking for a sight word card she has and trying to make sight word pairs.

Have each student read aloud all of the sight word pairs he collected at the end of the game.

Weekly Word Lists

Create a set of sight word lists by dividing your fry sight words into smaller lists of eight to ten words.

Pull each student once a week during class time.

Have the student read you the first sight word list. If she reads all the words correctly, mark the list as passed and move her on to the second list for the following week. If students miss any words, keep them on that word list to try again the following week.

Pair students up and let them practice reading their word lists with each other.

Reward students when they pass off each list or when they pass off a certain number of lists that you choose.

Sight Word Match

Print two copies of each sight word and cut into cards.

Choose six to ten pairs of words and mix them up.

Place cards face down.

Let each child turn over two cards and read the sight words aloud. If the cards match, the student keeps the pair. If they don't match, he turns the cards back over and the next student takes a turn.

Have each student read aloud all of her matches at the end of the game.

Class Story

Work together as a class to write a story using sight words.

Have each student take a turn adding one or two sentences to the story. Each sentence must include one sight word.

Read the story together when it is finished, and display in your classroom for students to read.

Word Searches

Give each student a sheet of grid paper.

Have each student choose eight to ten sight words and write them on the grid paper with one letter in each square.

Have students fill in the remaining squares with random letters to create a word search.

Exchange word searches and have students try to find all the sight words.