When young readers master high frequency words, they become more confident and fluent readers. Second grade is a great year for honing reading skills. Free Playdough Theme 2nd Grade Sight Word Activities for Google Slides and Seesaw are a great way for children to learn common words and increase reading fluency!
With this activity, students will get amazing practice with second grade sight words. These slides are a great addition to sight word games online. Students will have multiple opportunities to work with Dolch sight words.
What are sight words?
Sight words are commonly used words that are not decodable. The goal is for young readers to know them by heart. Reading fluency and comprehension improves once students gain automaticity with these words.
Many educators use the Dolch sight word list which consists of 220 of the most commonly used words seen in text. Fluent readers should recognize the words as a whole rather than using letter sounds for decoding.
Why do I need to teach sight words?
Basically, memorizing sight words frees up space in the brain. This space can then be used to focus on comprehension and decoding more complex text. Second graders with strong word mastery have an easier time learning to read.
How do I use the slides?
- Click on the link below to get the activity.
- Choose whether you want to use Google Slides or Seesaw.
- Make a Copy!
- Rename the activity so that it is easy for you to find on your computer!
- Click on the first slide.
Make sure that your student accurately reads the word aloud.
In Google Slides, click the “type it” box. Once the box is outlined in blue, type the letters in the word. In Seesaw, click the “T” to begin typing.
The last box is the “build it” box. In Google Slides, just click the letters and drag them into the box. Using Seesaw, use the pointing finger to click and drag!
Students will love interacting with this engaging word work!
Keyboarding and hand eye coordination will also improve as slides are completed.
Once a slide is completed, just click on the next slide to practice a new word.
Learning sight words has never been so much fun!
Revisit each slide multiple times. Especially the slides that your child finds more challenging!
Use the slides to introduce, review or assess sight word mastery!
Print and laminate the slides for more word games!
Once slides are laminated, dry erase markers can be used to write the words in the “type it” box so that the slides can be used multiple times!
Once you print and laminate the slides, bring out the playdough for more hands on fun. Build each word using playdough! Hands on activities will better cement their newfound knowledge!
What else can I do to help my child learn these words?
The best way to teach young learners is to keep them engaged, excited and confident about reading!
Here are some additional sight word games and activities:
- Write each word several times using crayons, watercolors, dry erase markers, chalk or even shaving cream! Make writing fun!
- Fill a pan with sugar, salt, sand or pudding and spell the words. Engage all the senses in the learning process!
- Build the sight words with wiki sticks, clay or pipe cleaners.
- Use letter stamps or stickers to build the words.
- Create 2 sets of flash cards. Play fun games!
- Send your child on a scavenger hunt to find a specific hidden flash card.
- Cut apart sight word flash cards. Reassemble the letters to correctly form sight words.
- Visit sites and play online games.
- Create a word wall of mastered words!
- Write the words on an imaginary giant chalkboard.
- Hunt for sight words in reading materials.
- Use magnetic letters to build the words on your refrigerator.
- HAVE FUN!