Space. The final frontier. It’s massive, it’s magical, and it piques the interest of curious kindergarteners! A space theme is a wonderful theme to use anytime during the school year. You can incorporate virtually any subject, from math and reading to history and science. I love this space theme sight word activity and I hope you will too!
The Space Theme Kindergarten Sight Words Digital Activity for kids is the perfect sight word activity for your students! It’s no prep, and I created three different versions so you can pick the online medium you prefer: Seesaw, Google Slides, or Boom cards.
Each slide features one Dolch word from the kindergarten list, rocket-themed alphabet tiles, and three boxes: Read It, Type It, Build It. Your students will love reading the words and practicing spelling them by clicking and dragging the awesome space theme letters!
What are Sight Words for Kindergarten?
Knowing how to teach sight words can pose a challenge for kindergarten teachers. As many of the students are still learning letter names and sounds, it can feel like sight words should be saved for another grade level!
Sight words are words commonly found in children’s reading material. Some of them are easily decodable while others don’t follow a common spelling pattern.
However, a sight word really is any word that is easily recognizable by sight. The more words children can recognize quickly without laboring over decoding, the more fluent they become as readers.
There are 220 words total on the Dolch word lists. They are conveniently divided into levels Pre-K through 3rd Grade.
In this digital activity, I included all of the Dolch sight words for Kindergarten. There are 52 kinder sight words in the list:
Some of the sight words are easily relatable to common spelling patterns, like CVCe, CVVC, or CVC. Other words include less common patterns. However, it’s important to begin teaching children that we decode words based on these patterns, it’s just that some patterns are more common than others.
How to Use the Space Theme Digital Sight Word Activity for Kindergarten
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Google Slides, Seesaw, or self-correcting Boom cards. When you click on the link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re ready to present it to your students.
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 rocket letters to highlight each 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 letter 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.
Ideas to Implement the Digital Sight Words for Kids Activity
Once you’ve added this awesome space theme activity to your lesson plans, you’ll need to implement in a way that will help all of your students learn and interact with the words at their level. There are lots of options to tackle the kindergarten sight word list.
- Work as a whole group, focusing on a few words each day. As you present the slide, kids love to take turns coming up to the board to drag the letters. Give students small whiteboards to write the word individually, then the class can spell the word and read the word together. Whole group work helps struggling readers gain confidence.
- After introducing the activity as a group, place devices at the reading center for small groups to work independently.
- Easily differentiate by dividing the Dolch word list into smaller chunks. Just copy and paste into a new slideshow based on the number of words students can work with before reaching frustration. <<<Highly recommend this. Please do NOT give your students the entire set of words at one time.
- Add a multi-sensory component by having students trace each word. Or, after they build the word on the screen, they can build it with magnet/plastic letters on the table.
- Print the slides and send them home for extra practice and reinforcement.
Our Favorite Sight Word Tools
And Bob Books have been on my fave list for about 15 years. My oldest two daughters learned to ready almost exclusively using Bob books. This Bob Books Sight Words set is an extension of the original Bob Books sets and it is perfect for new readers.
ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Award Winning Early Reading Game for Pre-K to 2nd Grade – Toy of the Year Finalist, A Fun and Educational Game Developed by Educators for Boys and GirlsBob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten
More Sight Word Games for Kids
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