“To infinity and beyond!” Perhaps that line takes you back to an ever-loved animated movie? For me, it’s fond memories of costumed 3-year-olds jumping off furniture and truly believing they might just take flight.
That’s all the proof I need that a preschool space theme brings motivation and learning together. This digital sight word activity will catch the eye of your preschoolers while providing valuable practice with sight words for kids.
Learning pre-primer sight words will build a strong foundation for learning to decode words. I created the Space Theme Preschool Sight Word Practice for you to eliminate the prep work. It includes ALL 40 pre-k Dolch sight words!
Each slide features one sight word and 26 rocket-themed letters to click and drag into the box. On each slide, students have the opportunity to “Read It,” “Type It,” and “Build It.” Download today to send your students rocketing to “infinity and beyond”!
How to Teach Sight Words in Preschool
Many preschoolers are just becoming familiar with letter-sound associations and the order of the letters of the alphabet. They are learning to write and identify their name in print, count, identify numbers, and so much more!
So adding sight words to the mix might feel overwhelming and even a bit intimidating. Keep in mind that everything our youngest learners are digesting is towards the goal of a firm educational foundation.
Sight words are commonly interchanged with the term “high frequency” words. Although there are some key differences in the definitions of the two terms, we will not delve into that!
In a nutshell, both sight words and high frequency words refer to the words that are commonly found in children’s texts. Some of the words are easily decodable (can, not, we) and some do not follow the common spelling patterns of English (one, said, the).
The pre-k Dolch list includes both easily decodable words and words that are harder to decode because they feature less common spelling patterns that students probably haven’t learned yet.
Mastery isn’t the ultimate goal, however, you may be surprised at how much young learners will recall when we provide consistent, engaging opportunities to work with sight words.
Scientific research on how the brain learns to read states that children should ultimately learn all of the various spelling patterns of English to eliminate ambiguity surrounding words. Instead of having students “memorize” sight words, we should teach them why certain letters behave certain ways depending on the word.
Since our preschool learners are very, very new to the written language, they likely won’t be ready just yet to learn spelling patterns and rules. However, when we expose them to sight words, they gain valuable background knowledge to draw upon later when they are ready to learn common spelling patterns and variations/exceptions on those patterns.
Pre-Primer Sight Word List (Dolch):
Since the Dolch word lists build upon each other, if your students master the pre-k list, move on to the kindergarten list! Struggling readers can spend more time with each list.
How to Use the Free Digital Sight Word Activity
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 ready to engage in the free sight word slides.
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. Present mode provides a nice, large view of the beginning sight words, but your students will not be able to click and drag the letters.
In Slides, just click on the rocket letter 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 letter to move it.
Finally, if you choose self-correcting Boom cards, remember you must be connected to the Internet in order for the pre-k sight word cards to work.
More Fun and Interactive Word Games
Sight words are fundamental for reading development. As children learn to decode and quickly recognize and read sight words, they gain overall fluency which improves comprehension. By 3rd grade, many students will be able to read and spell the words with ease.
Develop successful fluent readers with these fun activities:
- A game of “Zingo Sight Words,” features flash cards that bring fast paced excitement and learning together.
- Use duplicate flash cards to bring word learning to the classic game of “Memory Match.”
- Trace and build words with various tactile materials, like play dough, or write them in sand/shaving cream/sensory bags, etc.
- Scavenger hunts and games of hide-n-seek always engage while providing valuable movement and excitement during the learning process. Hide word cards and time students to find and read them, or provide a list of clues for students to find and identify grade appropriate words.
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
Sight Words Bingo – Language Building Skill Game for Home or Classroom (T6064), Build Vocabulary with 46 Most-Used Words, 3 – 36 players, Age 5 and up, Cover the Spaces Needed to Win & Call BingoLearning Resources Sight Word Swat a Sight Word Game, Home School, Visual, Tactile and Auditory Learning, Phonics Games, Easter Gifts for Kids, 114 Pieces, Easter Games, Ages 5+Learning Resources Pop For Sight Words Game, Vocabulary/Literacy Game, 92 Cards, Ages 5+Key Education Sight Word Space Station Board Game—Kindergarten-2nd Grade, Sight Words Reading Memory Game With 2 Level Word Lists, Up to 8 Players (97 pc)Gamenote Sight Words Wooden Magnetic Fishing Game – 220 Dolch Word with 2 Magnet Poles for Kindergarten Preschool Children (Activity Guide Include)