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Sight Word Bingo

Ready, set, bingo! Students will use a fun, fast-paced game of word bingo to practice reading and spelling grade-level sight words.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fun with Sight Words pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fun with Sight Words pre-lesson.

Students will practice reading and spelling grade level sight words.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Gather students together for the start of the lesson.
  • Tell the class that today, they're going to practice reading and spelling sight words. Define a sight word as a word that we see often, yet can be tricky to sound out. Explain that is why they must practice reading and spelling sight words so that they can memorize them.
  • Ask if anyone think of or point to a sight word in our classroom.
  • Allow several students to point out or say known sight words.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that today you will be teaching the students to play a game that will help them to read and spell tricky sight words.
  • Ask your class if anyone ever played bingo before. Describe bingo as a game where everyone gets a game board. When the caller calls a word on a player's board, they must cross it out. When players cross out three words in a row, they need to call out "Bingo!"
  • Model how to use the bingo board by projecting it on the whiteboard or drawing a version on the board for the class to see.
  • Explain that there might be a word that the students don’t know how to read or spell yet, so they should pay attention as you hold up each word card and say each word.
  • Demonstrate how you hold up each word card and read the word for each turn of the game.
(15 minutes)
  • Go over the word cards and practice reading each word with the class.
  • Hold up a word card and read the sight word aloud. Ask a volunteer to come up to the projected or drawn bingo board and cross off the same sight word.
  • Repeat this process for several more words.
  • Ask the class to return to their seats and pass out a Sight Word Bingo Card to each student and play several rounds of bingo as a whole class.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Bingo Board worksheets and have students complete them independently.
  • Provide students with assistance as needed.


  • For struggling students, have them play bingo with a partner using the same bingo board.
  • Strategically seat struggling students near you and make sure that they are looking at and able to match each sight word as it is shown.


  • For more advanced students, have them create their own bingo boards and take turns as the bingo caller.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to choose one word from their bingo board and write that word on an index card as part of a sentence. This index card can be used as an exit ticket for the lesson.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the sight words used in the game with the class. Hold up one card at a time and have students read it with you.
  • Ask students to think of a sentence they could use the sight word in.
  • Answer student questions as needed.

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