Third grade is a pivotal year for young learners! During this academic year, children start to level off and you can start to really identify struggling readers. You will want many teaching tools to provide extra practice and intervention. Free Play Dough Theme 3rd Grade Sight Word Activities for Google Slides and Seesaw are a great addition to your curriculum. The slides provide excellent engaging practice using dolch sight words list.
On the slides students will get to read each word as well as write the words. There are multiple opportunities to practice common 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 because it is based on the most commonly used words seen in text. There are 41 third grade sight words. Fluent readers should recognize theses 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. Third 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! Even third graders enjoy this type of sight word practice!
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 to help master dolch word lists:
- 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!