Have you ever witnessed the moment a child realizes he/she can read independently? It’s a magical moment! Learning to read is one of many monumental moments in child development! The acquisition of sight words is an important step in the development of fluent readers. Free Play Dough Theme 1st Grade Sight Word Activities for Google Slides and Seesaw is a great sight word activity for 1st grade.
First graders can use this activity as an engaging opportunity to practice and write words from the Dolch sight words list. The slides are a wonderful addition to your lesson plans for the school year.
Using these slides, your student will have multiple opportunities to learn first grade sight words from the Dolch word list. Each slide provides engaging activities to create frequently used words.
What are sight words?
Simply put, sight words are commonly used words that we teach young readers to read by heart. They are usually not decodable (sounded out) and need to be memorized. Learning these words improves emergent reading skills!
Why use the word list created by Edward William Dolch?
According to Dolch, learning the most commonly used words as a whole rather than sounding them out letter by letter was how to teach sight words. Dolch’s list consists of 220 of the most commonly used words seen in text.
Why do I need to teach sight words?
Basically, memorization frees up space in the brain. This space can then be used to focus on comprehension and decoding.
Once First Graders recognize these words they can focus on more complex reading semantics. You can foster stronger readers!
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!
- To begin, click on the first slide.
Make sure that your student accurately reads the word aloud.
In Google Slides, click the “type it” box. Once it is outlined in blue, type the letters in the word. In Seesaw, the “T’ will need to be clicked 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, using the pointing finger to click and drag!
Students will love 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!
Dry erase markers can be used to write the words in the “type it” box so that the slides can be used multiple times!
When you print and laminate the slides, you can then bring out the playdough for more hands on activities. Have your child build the word using playdough!
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!