Teaching reading in second grade is so exciting! Many of the students have the basic letter-sound combinations mastered and are ready to move on to more complex syllable types! They’re also gaining fluency with frequently read words, also known as sight words. The Digital Farm Theme Second Grade Sight Words Activity is a GREAT way for students to practice the second grade sight word list!
Tackle second-grade level sight words with varied learning activities that will keep students on their toes, including games, word sorts, word building, and online games and activities. Your students will LOVE this farm-themed activity!
It includes 46 colorful slides (that’s one slide for EVERY 2nd grade Dolch word)! Students will READ the word, TYPE the word, and finally BUILD each word!
What Are Sight Words for Second Grade?
Sight words are the commonly found words in children’s literature. They are often referred to as high-frequency words.
The goal of teaching sight words is to give our students an upper hand when it comes to reading fluently. If we teach them to quickly recognize commonly found words, they can focus their efforts on more unfamiliar words.
Brain research on how people learn to read is a HOT topic right now! What we are learning is that children need to really tackle the letter-sound combinations that make up our words in order to be great decoders later.
Keep in mind that we are NOT teaching students to memorize these words, or to see them as a whole vs. individual letter combinations. I recommend highlighting the letter patterns as they are found within each sight word to help students master decoding while learning these common words.
The Dolch second grade sight word list includes 46 words: always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don’t, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your.
Reading sight words takes practice. Online sight word games for second grade offer an easy, no-prep way for students to practice in addition to other hands-on games and activities.
Second Grade Sight Words YouTube Video:
How to Use the Interactive Sight Word Game for Second Grade
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Google Slides, Seesaw, or self-correcting Boom cards. When you clink on the link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re good to go.
In Google Slides, after clicking on the Slides link, click the blue button that says, “Make a Copy.” This ensures that you have your own copy of the slideshow.
In Slides, make sure you are in “Edit” mode, as opposed to “Present” mode. You will see the “Present” button in the upper right hand corner.
In Slides, just click on the number to highlight the box in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
In Seesaw, use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each number to move it.
Finally, if you choose self-correcting Boom cards, remember you must be connected to the Internet in order for the cards to work.
Farm Thematic Unit for Second Grade
Farm activities for elementary students are a great way to pique their interest! In 2nd grade, why stop with the Dolch word list?! Keep the theme rolling with activities in other subjects.
- Farm animal science: There are so many scientific concepts you could cover by looking at different farm animals! Think anatomy, classification, habitat, domestication, life cycle, and more!
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- Art: Incorporate fine motor development by making farm animal origami bookmarks! Adorable pigs, cows, or chickens fold together with just a piece of paper and can be used all year long as children read!
- Sensory play: While older students have likely outgrown a farm sensory bin, students in second grade can still benefit from sensory experiences. Consider a farm field trip where students see, smell, hear, touch and taste the beauty of a real farm.
- Literature: It’s not hard to find childrens’ books with a farm theme. Here are two fun books: “Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type,” by Doreen Cronin, or “Interrupting Chicken,” by David Ezra Stein. There are also lots of free farm printables available to accompany the book.
Farm Theme Books for Kids
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That TypeClic Clac Muu Vacas Escritoras (Spanish Edition)Click, Clack, Quack to School! (A Click Clack Book)Click, Clack, Peep!Giggle, Giggle, Quack (A Click Clack Book) by Doreen Cronin(1983-05-01)
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